Vikings run away from Ottawa
The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team got the track meet it wanted Monday during an 81-53 non-conference home victory over Ottawa (Kan.).
The Vikings took the ball away from the visitors at will, getting 26 steals for 32 turnovers and 33 points. Senior John Boswell and sophomore Lance Wesson led the onslaught with four thefts each. Valley led by six points with 7:14 left in the first half, but then went on a 19-5 tear -- aided by five Braves turnovers and two three-pointers by senior Ramone Powell -- to open the spread to 20 points by halftime.
It got no better for Ottawa early in the second half as senior John Boswell and junior Seth Martin each made a pair of field goals. A Powell lay-up extended the margin to 29 points with 17:15 remaining in the game.
The Braves got as close as 19 points when freshman Justin Smith bombed with 11:00 to go, but Valley responded with a 17-6 run over the next five minutes -- Boswell and senior Gary Morrow combining for seven points and senior Mike Matranga coming off the bench to hit two shots -- to coast home.
Smith's 10 points topped Ottawa (3-5), which made only 38.6 percent of its shots from the field.
Powell and Boswell each had 16 points to lead the Vikings, who got to clear the bench -- with 13 players scoring. Morrow dished out seven assists and junior Josh Dodson pulled down seven rebounds.
Valley (7-1) kicks off its Heart of America Conference campaign Thursday at Evangel.