ATCHISON, Kan. -- The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday with an 85-80 overtime victory at Heart of America Conference rival Benedictine.
The game was close throughout, but the Vikings won it by shooting 60.0 percent from the field and making 22 of 28 free throws during the second half and extra period. Valley's 54.2-percent efficiency from the floor was its second-best figure of the season.
The Vikings did other things to win, such as holding a 39-32 rebounding edge. With the team's leading scorer -- senior Boman Mullings -- in foul trouble and limited to only three points after tallying 20 or more in four of the previous five games, junior Craig Jones stepped forward.
Jones made 14 of 17 from the charity stripe to ring up a season-high 21 points -- one of five players from Valley (4-17, 4-6 HAAC) in double figures. Two of them had double-doubles: sophomore Rouven Haenig with 18 points and 10 rebounds and junior Brandon Toliver adding 17 points and 16 boards.
Senior Ronnie Tyson led all scorers with 22 points for the Ravens (10-8, 5-4).
The women's game wasn't nearly as exciting, 12th-ranked Benedictine breezing to a 73-58 win.
The Lady Vikings never recovered from a poor-shooting first half in which they made only six of 22 attempts from the field. The second half went better for Valley in that regard, but not defensively -- the Lady Ravens hitting 60.0 percent of their tries from the floor and going 13 of 18 from the charity stripe.
Junior Melinda Morrison came off the bench to pump in 16 points for league-leading Benedictine (17-2, 9-0).
Senior Holly Siverling had a season-high 23 points and senior Bonnie Johnson added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Vikings (7-10, 4-6), who have dropped four straight.
The Valley teams will be at home Thursday for a HAAC twinbill against Lindenwood.