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Vikings drop two at MidAmerica

Monday, January 16, 2012

OLATHE, Kan. -- The Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams must have thought there were lids covering the hoops in the Bell Family Arena at Olathe, Kan., Saturday.

Both shot season lows of under 30 percent from the field while dropping a pair of contests to Heart of America Conference-leading MidAmerica Nazarene.

The Vikings' 69-57 loss provided MNU head coach Rocky Lamar his 600th career victory on the court named in his honor. While the Pioneers never trailed in the contest, buckets by senior Bryan Corley and junior David Smith late in the first half sent Valley into the break trailing by only one point.

MidAmerica opened the second period with a 10-0 run, sophomore Conner Langrehr making three shots from the field and a pair from the free-throw line. Sophomore Jim Thomas stuck back a miss and junior Michael Connor scored in transition to cut the Vikings' deficit to six points.

After the Pioneers got the margin back into double digits, two Connor freebies made it a nine-point gap with 5:25 remaining, but that was it for Valley. MidAmerica reeled off 10 straight points over the next three minutes to seal the win.

Sophomore Luke Thomas had 15 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Pioneers (12-7, 6-1 HAAC), who had 11 fewer shots from the field (64-53) and 13 less from the charity stripe (23-10) than the visitors -- due largely to a 23-14 difference in turnovers.

Connor had a career-high 27 points for the Vikings (7-10, 3-3), who were out-shot from the floor, 29.7 to 56.6 percent.

The Valley women were down by 12 points at halftime and never challenged during the second half, seeing the spread reach 29 points.

Junior Sami Jackson stroked a three-pointer to get the Lady Vikings within two points with 12 minutes left in the first half, but MidAmerica responded with four straight goals. While the Lady Pioneers made 42.9 percent of their shots, Valley was limited to 26.5 percent.

Freshman Daria Sprew and sophomore Kassidy Ritchel combined for 23 points for MidAmerica Nazarene (13-6, 6-1).

The Lady Vikings (7-9, 3-3) got 12 points from Jackson and 11 from senior Hannah Young.

Valley will return to the HAAC road Thursday at Avila.

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