MVC Viking Basketball Gets Road Sweep of Peru State

Posted February 15, 2014

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Marshall, Mo. (February 15, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball hit the road Saturday to Peru, Neb., for Heart of America Athletic Conference matchups with Peru State College. The women’s team came back from a halftime deficit to pick up a 68-60 victory. The Viking men’s basketball team led through most of its game and won 75-63


The Vikings were put into an early hold against Peru State. The Vikings briefly had the game tied at 3-3 after Sophomore Guard Julia Vasquez (Earth, Texas) three of her five points. However, PSC maintained a lead over MVC through the first half. The Vikings got to within one point multiple times in the half, the latest with seven minutes to play before halftime when Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) hit a field goal to put MVC down 20-19. Peru State responded and went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes, and put MVC down by its deepest deficit of 34-22. The Vikings briefly got back to within single-digits when Junior Guard DJ Jenkins (Fresno, Calif.) hit two free throws to make it a 36-27 game with just under a minute remaining in the half, but Peru went into the break with a 39-29 lead. The Viking forced Peru State into 11 turnovers in the first half, but MVC struggled from the field shooting just 32-percent.


MVC got off to a quick start to begin the second half, scoring the first six points of the half, five coming from Sophomore Guard Rayna Smith (St. Louis, Mo.), to pull the Vikings to within 39-35 with just over 17-minutes remaining in the game. Peru quickly got its lead back to double-digits less than one minute later. PSC eventually lead by 50-39 with 15-minutes to play, before MVC started its comeback. Over the next seven minutes the Vikings went on a 19-2 run that turned a double-digit deficit into a 58-52 lead with just under eight minutes to play in the game. The Vikings hit seven of ten field goal attempts during that span and forced Peru State into four turnovers. Both teams traded baskets over the next five minutes, but MVC was able to gradually build on its lead and take its first double-digit lead at 68-58 after a Jenkins free throw with 90-seconds to play. The Viking defense was able to keep Peru State from mounting any last minute comeback, and MVC came away with the 68-60 win.


Leading the way for MVC was Smith who scored 17 points. Senior Forward Gabby Lovelace (Pleasant Hill, Mo.) finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while Morales added 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists. The Vikings shot over 40-percent from the field, including 52-percent in the second half. MVC also forced Peru State into 23 turnovers, and PSC shot just 20-percent in the second half.


The win moves MVC to 16-10 overall and 8-6 in the HAAC, which moves the Vikings to fourth place. Peru State falls to 6-19 on the season and 4-10 in conference.


The Viking men’s basketball team took early control of its contest with Peru State. PSC held a brief lead in the first moments of the game, but after the two teams were tied at 7-7, the Vikings put together a run. MVC built up a 16-9 lead when Junior Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Ill.) hit a three-point field goal with 14:19 to play in the first half. PSC got back to within two points at 22-20 at the 10-minute mark. MVC put together a 16-5 run over the next five minutes to build its lead to the largest of the half at 38-25 when Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) hit two of his nine points. Peru State fought back to within four points at 38-34 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, but the Vikings were able to take a 42-36 lead into the halftime break. MVC shot over 65-percent in the first half, while forcing Peru into 11 turnovers.


The second half started well for MVC as they quickly built their lead back to double-digits when Sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) scored on an offensive rebound to give the Vikings a 47-36 lead with 17:30 to play in the game. Peru State was able to pull back to within eight points at 52-44 less than four minutes later, but MVC followed it up with a run to extend their lead. Over the next three minutes the Vikings went on a 13-1 run that was capped off by Burton field goal with 11-minutes to play and the score 65-45. MVC went scored on five of six field goal attempts during the run. The Vikings were able to maintain a double-digit lead through the remainder of the game. Peru State pulled to within 11 points at 72-61 with 2:30 to play in the game, but MVC was able to hold off Peru State and pull away for the 75-63 victory.


Leading MVC in the win was Hamilton who notched his eighth game of at least 20 points, scoring 20 points with five assists. Burton and Senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) each had 14 points while Junior Andre Scott (San Antonio, Texas) finished with 11 points. The Vikings shot over 59-percent in the game and forced Peru into 16 turnovers.


The win improves MVC to 14-11 overall and 7-7 in HAAC play. Peru State falls to 9-15 on the season and 4-10 in conference.


The MVC basketball teams return home for a HAAC doubleheader hosting Culver-Stockton College Thursday. Women’s game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and the men’s game will start around 7:30 p.m. Culver-Stockton’s men’s team is currently ranked No. 10 in the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.



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