MVC Basketball Swept on the Road at Central Methodist

Posted January 30, 2014

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Marshall, Mo. (January 30, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Fayette, Mo., for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Central Methodist University. The women’s team was defeated 90-61, while the MVC men’s team also lost to CMU by an 82-58 score.


The Vikings got out to a quick lead in the women’s game, as MVC scored the first six points of the game all by Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.). Central Methodist responded, and put together a 15-0 run over a five minute span to put the Vikings into a 15-6 deficit with just over 13-minutes to play in the first half. The Vikings eventually trailed 23-8 with 10-minutes remaining in the half. MVC put together a 10-3 run late in the first half to cut a 13-point deficit into a 33-27 game after a Morales field goal. CMU quickly built the lead back to double-digits and scored seven of the final nine points in the half. The Vikings went into the halftime break trailing 48-33. The Vikings shot over 42-percent in the first half and forced five CMU turnovers.


CMU gradually built on its lead in the second half, putting MVC down by a 20-point margin for the first time at 65-45 with 11:43 to play in the game. The Vikings were unable to get closer than 20 points through the rest of the half, as the CMU lead grew to 30 points with three minutes remaining in the game. Eventually, the Vikings fell to the Eagles 90-61.


Leading the way for MVC was Morales who finished with 24 points and three rebounds. Junior Guard TaLaya Earls (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 10 points six rebounds and three assists. The Vikings shot 50-percent on three point attempts and forced 17 CMU turnovers.


The loss drops MVC to 13-9 overall and 5-5 in HAAC play. Central Methodist, which is in the “others receiving votes” category in the latest NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, improves to 15-4 on the season and 6-3 in conference play.


The Vikings started the men’s game trading baskets with CMU through the first four minutes. Sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) score his only two points of the game at the 16-minute mark to give MVC a slim 6-5 lead. The Eagles responded with a 17-0 run over the next five minutes to put MVC into a 16-point deficit with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half. The Vikings fought back, and eventually chipped away at the CMU lead, with Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) sinking a three-point field goal with just under eight minutes to play in the first half to cut CMU’s lead to six at 26-20. The Eagles quickly got their lead back to double-digits just moments later, and eventually went into halftime with a 40-28 lead. The Vikings shot 48-percent in the first half and did not miss a free throw attempt.


Central Methodist was able to build on its lead in the opening minutes of the second, scoring 14 of the first 18 points of the half to lead MVC 56-32 with 15 minutes to play in the game. The Vikings gradually chipped away at the CMU lead over the next few minutes, eventually pulling to within 16 points at 65-49 after a Senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) field goal with 7:30 to play. However, that’s as close at the Vikings would get as CMU eventually came away with an 82-54 win.


Leading the way for MVC was Thomas who had 16 points and four assists. Finishing with a double-double was Lane with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Senior Kendall Hays (Houston, Texas) who finished with 10 points.


The loss drops MVC to 11-10 overall and 4-6 in the HAAC. CMU improves to 12-9 on the season and 5-4 in conference play.


The MVC basketball teams will Graceland University in a HAAC doubleheader Saturday at the Burns Athletic Complex. Women’s game is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m., and the men’s game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.



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