WINONA LAKE, Ind. -- The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team came away from the KCCCF Tournament at Winona Lake, Ind., over the weekend without a win to show for its two games.
The Vikings lost Friday's opener to host Grace College and Seminary, the ninth-ranked team in NAIA Division II, 74-55. With a pair of 6-foot-11 centers -- senior Duke Johnson and sophomore Dennis Williams -- combining for 26 points and 16 rebounds, the Lancers controlled the boards by a 37-27 margin.
Grace roared out to a 26-5 lead and went into the half up by 16 points. The margin extended to 31 points midway through the second period before the Lancers pulled their starters and Valley chipped into the deficit.
Johnson finished with 17 points, while juniors Elliot Smith and Bruce Grimm added 14 each for Grace (3-0) -- which won the title the next day with an 82-73 victory over Embry-Riddle (Fla.).
Junior James Pope scored 11 points and senior Bryan Corley contributed 10 points for Valley -- which shot 36.8 percent from the field.
The Vikings met a more familiar foe in Saturday's consolation contest, falling to Missouri Baptist, 66-51. Valley shot 30.0 percent from the floor, while the Spartans got 25 points from senior Sam Pearson II.
The teams traded leads three times before Missouri Baptist closed the first half with a 14-2 run, aided by three-pointers from Pearson and sophomore Kalvin Lewis. Pearson made a pair of shots as the Spartans scored six straight points early in the second half for a 13-point cushion.
The Vikings fought back, a bomb from freshman Landers Riddle closing the gap to five points with over 13 minutes to go. However, Baptist scored nine of the next 12 points to extend its lead to 14 points with 8:15 to go and didn't let MVC back into the game.
Junior Dezmon Hickman had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans (2-3).
Valley was topped by junior David Yadrich's 11 points.
The Vikings (1-3) will be in McKenzie, Tenn., next weekend for the Bethel Classic.