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Vikings close out regular season with win

Monday, February 25, 2008

Senior Boman Mullings performed to the tune 22 points Saturday in what was likely his last home game for the Missouri Valley College men's basketball team, which beat Heart of America Conference foe Benedictine, 68-66.

The Vikings were ahead by four points at halftime, but were out-shot during the second half, 48.4 to 44.0 percent. Fortunately, Valley made all seven of its free throws -- while the Ravens never got to the line -- to hang on to the victory.

Junior Drew Huppe led Benedictine (13-16, 8-12 HAAC) with 19 points off the bench.

Juniors Craig Jones and Brandon Toliver each scored 12 points for the Vikings (9-22, 9-11) -- Toliver also collecting 12 rebounds, dishing out four assists and coming up with four steals. Jones contributed five assists.

Earlier, leading by only two points at the break, the 11th-ranked Benedictine laid into Valley for a 63-42 win.

Senior Courtney Edmonds hit a pair of three-pointers to cap a 12-2 run to up the Lady Ravens' cushion to 14 points midway through the second half. Edmonds was the only player in double figures for league champion Benedictine (20-4, 18-2) with 18 points.

The Lady Vikings (14-14, 10-10) were paced by senior Bonnie Johnson's 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Both of the Valley teams will go to William Jewell for first-round games in the HAAC Post-season Tournament, the men playing Wednesday and the women the next night.



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