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Vikings end six-game HAAC skid

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ATCHISON, Kan. -- The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team snapped a six-game Heart of America Conference losing streak Monday with a 73-69 victory at Benedictine.

Senior Matt Baker scored 11 first-half points to give the Vikings an 11-point lead at the break, a margin they increased to 22 points with over nine minutes remaining in the game.

The Ravens staged a furious comeback bid, a 36-16 run which got them to within two points on freshman Brett Fisher's second-chance bomb with eight seconds to go. Valley freshman Kevin Stander sealed the win three seconds later by making a pair of free throws.

Fisher and senior Alex Miller each scored 15 points for Benedictine (14-13, 9-7 HAAC), which suffered from a 27-12 deficit in made free throws.

Baker and Stander both tallied 16 points as the Vikings (10-18, 5-11) shot a season-high 58.3 percent from the field.

The Valley women led by eight points at halftime, but were out-shot 46.4 to 29.6 from the floor and 13-6 from the charity stripe during the second half to suffer a 69-60 loss to the Lady Ravens.

A 34-15 spree during the middle of the second period put Benedictine up by 11 points in the final minute of the game. The Lady Ravens (15-12, 10-6) were paced by juniors Kelsey Wolfe and Teresa Zienkewicz, both notching 17 points.

Sophomore Ashley Troyer came off the bench to lead Valley (10-16, 6-10) with 16 points, while junior Sami Jackson added 15 points, four assists and three steals and freshman Chelsey Merrigan produced 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Vikings will play their final home games of the regular season Thursday against Avila.

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