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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team enjoyed its largest victory margin of the season Thursday during a 67-46 Heart of America Conference romp over visiting Culver-Stockton.

It was an easy night for the Vikings, none of whose starters played 20 minutes thanks to a 15-point halftime lead which grew to 32 points with a 25-8 run over the first 14 minutes of the second half.

Valley commanded the boards by a 47-25 margin and out-shot the Wildcats 44.1 to 32.7 percent from the field, including a 30-12 advantage in the paint.

Sophomore Dusan Kojic's 11 points and four rebounds were tops in both categories for Culver (4-16, 1-9 HAAC).

Freshman Kevin Stander tallied 14 points off the bench and junior Michael Connor added 12 points for the Vikings (8-12, 4-5), who halted a three-game skid.

The evening wasn't so bright for the Valley women, who surrendered a nine-point lead during the second half to see their seven-game home winning streak come to end with a 55-52 loss to the Lady Wildcats.

Junior Lindsi Jackson buried three perimeter jumpers to send the Lady Vikings into the break with a 29-20 advantage, and the margin was the same six minutes into the second period.

Culver made three buckets in a 54-second span close the gap to three points, and from then on it was a dogfight -- the lead changing hands five teams over the next eight minutes.

Valley went ahead, for what would prove the last time, on a shot by senior Hannah Young with 1:41 remaining. Sophomore Jessie Logsdon answered 30 seconds later to put the Lady 'Cats on top.

After coming up with a stop, junior Aneshia Starks sank two free throws with 20 seconds to go. The Lady Vikings missed two shots on their next possession and Logsdon put the contest out of reach with a pair of charity shots.

Starks had 17 points, 13 rebounds and three assists for Culver-Stockton (11-11, 3-7), which swept the season series despite going 0 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Valley (8-11, 4-5) got 11 points each from Jackson and sophomore Eboné Brown, who also had 11 boards. Junior Sami Jackson dished out eight assists for the Lady Vikings, who committed 25 turnovers.

The Valley teams will be on the road Saturday for a twinbill at Baker.



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