The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team trailed by 10 points at halftime and was unable to get closer than two possessions Tuesday during a 60-49 non-conference home loss to Harris-Stowe State.
The Vikings shot 35.3 percent from the field, the fourth time in the last five games they have been held under 40 percent, and made only five of 21 three-point attempts.
There were six lead changes in the first half, the last one coming when junior Walter Willis broke a 23-23 tie with 5:19 left in the first half. The Hornets would close the period with a 13-3 run as junior Jordan Loveless made three buckets.
Valley closed to within six points four times during the second half, getting a goal from sophomore Lawrence Brown with 4:55 remaining. Harris-Stowe State scored the next seven points as the Vikings came up empty for over four minutes.
Senior Terry Hollins scored 14 points and Willis added 13 for the Hornets (6-5), who have won three straight.
Valley (3-7) was paced by 12 points from sophomore Jim Thomas and junior Michael Connor's 11. The Vikings play Monday at Hannibal-LaGrange.