Valley closes regular season with split at BC

Monday, February 19, 2007
Sophomore Craig Jones' 20 points helped the Vikings upset No. 22 Benedictine.

ATCHISON, Kan. -- The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team out-scored 22nd-ranked Benedictine 13-7 in overtime Saturday for a come-from-behind 79-73 Heart of America Conference road win.

The victory didn't have any impact on the standings -- Valley still finished in fifth place, with a Thursday date at William Jewell for the first round of the HAAC Post-season Tournament, and the Ravens wound up third -- but it did give the Vikings the momentum of a three-game win streak.

Valley trailed by eight points at halftime, but out-gunned the home team 58.6 to 41.2 percent the rest of the way -- while also making 16 of 21 free throws during the second half and overtime, a significant advantage over the Ravens' seven of 12 from the stripe.

Junior Dan VanDyke had 30 points to pace Benedictine (19-9, 14-6 HAAC).

The Vikings (18-12, 11-9) got 22 points and 13 rebounds from senior Damon Collins, who made all 10 of his charity shots, with sophomore Craig Jones contributing 20 points.

The Valley women had their six-game win streak halted by Benedictine, 69-51. The Lady Vikings trailed by 10 points at halftime and, shooting 30.8 percent from field during the second half, were unable to make a run.

Sophomore Abby Winder scored 22 points and collected 11 boards for the Lady Ravens (20-9, 12-8), who were unable to catch Valley for third place in the final league standings.

The Lady Vikings (16-12, 13-7) got 11 points and seven boards from sophomore Holly Siverling. Valley will host Avila in the tourney opener Wednesday.

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