MVC Viking Basketball Sweeps Culver-Stockton on Orange Hush Night

Posted February 20, 2014

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Marshall, Mo. (February 20, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Culver-Stockton College for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Thursday evening at the Burns Athletic Complex. The MVC women’s team came back from a halftime deficit to defeat Culver-Stockton 69-61. On the men’s side the Vikings upset No. 12 Culver-Stockton 92-82 in overtime, on the first Orange Hush night.


Both teams struggled to get much offense going in the early stages of the women’s game. Culver-Stockton was able to take an early lead over MVC, scoring seven of the game’s first 10 points to lead 7-3 with just under 16-minutes to play in the first half. The Vikings were able to shrink that lead to 7-6 when Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) hit one of two free throws with 14:30 remaining in the half. Culver-Stockton responded and went on a 10-1 run over the next four minutes to put MVC into a 17-8 deficit midway through the half. CSC maintained a lead over MVC, but the Vikings were able to cut the deficit to just 20-17 when Morales sank a field goal with just over four minutes before halftime. The two teams traded baskets through the final minutes of the first half, and Culver-Stockton went into the halftime break with a 28-25 lead. The Vikings forced Culver-Stockton into 11 turnovers and won the rebounding battle by a 24-20 margin.


The Vikings started the second half with a quick run, and eventually took their first lead since the opening moments of the game when Morales connected on a three-point attempt to put MVC up 30-28 just one minute after the restart. The Vikings eventually built their lead to 34-30 when Sophomore Guard Rayna Smith (St. Louis, Mo.) hit a field goal with just under 17-minutes to play in the game. Culver-Stockton responded, scoring the next five points in the game, and grabbed a 35-34 lead, which was its last lead of the game. The Vikings put together an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 42-35 lead with 13-minutes to play after Junior Forward Samantha Kixmiller (Kearney, Mo.) connected on a three-point play. Culver-Stockton fought back, and eventually tied the game midway through the half at 47-47, but the tie was quickly broken when Junior Guard Paris Johnson (Kansas City, Kan.) scored three of her seven points to put MVC up 50-47. The Vikings maintained a small advantage until a 13-3 run late in the game gave MVC its first double-digit lead at 69-58, and the Vikings eventually held off Culver-Stockton for a 69-61 win.


Leading the way for MVC was Morales who finished with her tenth double-double of the season scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds with four blocks. Also in double-figures for MVC was Smith who scored 11 points with three assists and two steals. Senior Forward Gabby Lovelace (Pleasant Hill, Mo.) finished with 10 rebounds and eight points. The Vikings shot over 51-percent in the second half and forced 21 Culver-Stockton turnovers.


The win improves MVC to 17-10 overall and 9-6 in the HAAC. Culver-Stockton falls to 4-19 on the season and 1-14 in conference play.


On the men’s side, the Vikings played even with No. 11 Culver-Stockton through the game’s first minutes. The biggest shot of the opening minutes was a three-point field goal by Junior Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Ill.) that put MVC up 10-7. The crowd was instructed to stay silent until the Vikings hit the 10-point mark, and Hamilton’s three-pointer resulted in an eruption from the Burns Athletic Complex crowd. The Vikings eventually built up a five point lead midway through the half when Senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.) sank a field goal to make it a 19-14 game. After Culver-Stockton pulled to within one point at 19-18, the Vikings went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to hold a 28-20 lead after Hamilton made one free throw. CSC again pulled close to MVC, this time at 35-34 late in the half, but the Vikings score five straight point to move ahead 40-34 after another Hamilton three-point field goal, before eventually going into the halftime up 40-37. The Vikings shot over 53-percent in the first half, and limited Culver-Stockton to just 42-percent shooting.


The Viking halftime lead was short lived, as Culver-Stockton quickly tied things up at 42-42 less than two minutes into the second half. After MVC briefly retook the lead, Culver-Stockton built up its first lead since the opening minutes of the first half. CSC led by a 51-48 score five minutes into the half, and after MVC grabbed a 52-51 lead off a Junior Andre Scott (San Antonio, Texas) field goal less than one minute later, Culver-Stockton scored five straight points to lead 56-52. Culver-Stockton maintained a slight lead over MVC through the middle part of the second half, but the Vikings were able to take the lead with six minutes remaining when Junior Sophomore Jacob Powell (Marshfield, Mo.) scored two of his six points to put MVC on top 64-62. MVC led by a 68-63 score with five minutes to play, but CSC went on a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to move ahead 70-68 with seconds remaining in overtime. A foul with 35 seconds to play put Hamilton to the free throw line for MVC, where he sank both free throws to tie the game at 70-70. Culver-Stockton’s last possession in regulation ended with a layup that came up short, sending the game into overtime.


In the first overtime game of the season, the Vikings came out strong, scoring the first 11 points to go ahead 81-70 with just over one minute remaining. MVC made its first four field goal attempts to start the overtime period, and Culver-Stockton never got to within eight points of the Vikings in the extra period. MVC went 11 of 14 from the free throw line in the final minute of overtime and pulled away for a 92-82 victory.


Leading the way for MVC was Thomas who third 20-point effort in the last four games. He finished with 23 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds. Two Vikings finished with double-doubles as Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) had 18 points and career-high 20 rebounds. Also, Hamilton finished with 17 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season. Also in double figures was Sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) who had 17 points while Scott added 10 points. The Vikings limited Culver-Stockton to just 36-percent shooting in the game, while also forcing 13 turnovers. MVC shot over 47-percent in the game and had finished shooting nearly 72-percent from the free throw line on 39 attempts.


The win moves MVC to 15-11 overall and 8-7 in HAAC play while Culver-Stockton falls to 19-6 on the season and 10-5 in the conference.


The MVC basketball teams will play a Sunday doubleheader hosting Benedictine College. Women’s game starts at 2:00 p.m., and the men’s game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m., tip-off. The Benedictine men’s team is ranked No. 11 in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and sits atop the conference standings.


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