MVC Basketball Splits Doubleheader with EvangelPosted January 23, 2014
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MVC BASKETBALL SPLITS HOME DOUBLEHEADER WITH EVANGEL
Marshall, Mo. (January 23, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Evangel University at the Burns Athletic Complex Thursday evening for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader. The MVC women’s team fell behind early, but held on late for a 72-66 win. The men’s team fell to No. 5 Evangel 76-59.
The Vikings women’s team found themselves in an early deficit after trading some baskets with the Crusaders in the game’s opening minutes. MVC held a 6-4 advantage early in the game, but Evangel went on a quick 10-0 run over a two-minute span in the first half to lead by a 14-6 score with just over 13 minutes remaining before halftime. The Vikings responded, and chipped away at the Evangel lead before tying the game with a Paris Johnson three-point field goal with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half to make it a 16-16 game. The Vikings eventually regained the lead three minutes later when Johnson sank a free throw to put MVC ahead 19-18. MVC’s lead eventually stretched the lead to 28-22 after Sophomore Guard Julia Vasquez (Earth, Texas) scored three of her seven points with just over four minutes to play in the first half. The Vikings eventually went into the halftime break with a 33-29 lead. The Vikings won the rebounding battle in the first half by a 27-17 margin, and limited Evangel to just 35-percent shooting in the first half.
The second half started with both teams trading baskets in the early minutes. MVC built a 46-38 lead midway through the half after two Vasquez field goals, but Evangel was able to climb back into the game less than two minutes later, cutting into MVC’s lead to make it a 50-48 score. The Vikings were able to hold off the Evangel run and eventually built their lead to its largest point at 67-55 with less than three minutes to play in the game after a Junior Guard TaLaya Earls (Indianapolis, Ind.) free throw. Despite the large lead late in the game, the Crusaders were able to chip away the Viking advantage as MVC went 3 for 10 from the free throw line late in the game. Evangel got to within three points at 69-66, but two Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) free throws sealed the victory for MVC 72-66.
Leading the way for MVC was Johnson who came off the bench to score 14 points. Morales also finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Earls had 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in the game. The Vikings forced Evangel into 17 turnovers, 12 of which came in the second half. The Vikings also limited Evangel to just 40-percent shooting, and MVC outrebounded Evangel 48-39.
The win moves MVC to 13-7 overall and 5-3 in HAAC play. Evangel falls to 5-12 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
The MVC men’s team jumped out to an early lead as Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) hit the game’s opening three-pointer to give MVC a 3-0 advantage. The Crusaders responded, and put together a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to put MVC into a 12-5 deficit. The two teams traded baskets through the middle part of the first half, but Evangel was able to slowly build its lead to double-digits for the first time with 10-minutes left in the half, making it a 25-13 game. The Vikings trailed by as many as 17 points with three minutes before halftime, but were able to put together a run late in the half. MVC knocked Evangel’s lead to 43-33 with a 9-2 run, capped off by Junior Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Ill.) scoring two of his nine points, but Evangel eventually went into the halftime break leading 45-33. The Vikings only turned the ball over one in the first half, and forced Evangel into six turnovers. MVC was also able to pull down six offensive rebounds in the half.
Evangel quickly extended its 12-point halftime lead to an 18-point advantage in the opening seconds after halftime. The Vikings were able to knock their deficit down to 12 points at 53-41 when Senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) scored three of his seven points with just less than 16-minutes to play. Evangel wasn’t able to put add much to their lead, until going on a 9-2 run midway through the second half that stretched a 13-point lead to the game’s first 20- point lead at 69-49 with 7:30 to play in the game. The Vikings were able to get to within 15 points after two Hamilton free throws made it a 72-57 score, but Evangel held on to defeat the Vikings 76-59.
Leading the way for MVC was Lane who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) finished with 10 points and four rebounds. The Vikings forced Evangel into 15 turnovers, scoring 11 points off the turnovers. MVC also got 13 second-chance points and 12 points off the bench.
The loss drops MVC to 10-9 overall and 3-5 in HAAC play. Evangel improves to 16-3 on the season and 7-0 in conference play.
The MVC basketball teams will play a road doubleheader at Baker University Saturday in Baldwin City, Kan. The women’s team will tip off against the No. 20 Wildcats at 2:00 p.m., and the men’s game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. tip off.
About Missouri Valley College
Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.