The Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams were swept during a Heart of America Conference doubleheader Saturday at Baker, but both came back to win non-conference tilts Monday.
The Valley men trailed by 16 points at halftime against the Wildcats, and weren't able to catch up during a 74-61 loss. Baker (7-4, 1-1 HAAC) got a double-double from senior Ben Steinlage, 13 points and 14 rebounds, while senior Jordan Honore and junior Todd Eils added 12 each - pacing a 34-11 advantage in scoring off the bench.
Freshman Jordan Epps followed his 30-point performance of two days earlier with a game-high 28 points and five assists for the Vikings. Both Epps and sophomore Kevin Stander, who tallied 14 points, buried four three-pointers.
Epps had 27 points and six steals Monday during Valley's 76-63 home win over Haskell (Kan.). The Vikings led by six points early in the second half when senior James Pope reeled off four straight field goals.
A bomb by senior Trey Osborne got the Indians (2-7) to within seven points with six minutes remaining, but Epps answered with a pair of treys and a lay-up to snuff the threat.
Pope had 18 points and eight rebounds for Valley (4-9, 0-2), which has a week off before Monday's rematch at Hannibal-LaGrange.
Senior Rece Huddlin had 17 points and 20 rebounds as Baker won its fourth straight game with a 77-62 decision over the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Wildcats (8-3, 2-0) out-shot Valley from beyond the arc, 9-1, with sophomore Avery Vogts draining three as part of a 33-18 edge in bench scoring.
Senior Gaby Morales recorded a game-high 20 points for the Lady Vikings, then led the team in scoring for the third straight game Monday with 15 points and 11 boards during a 64-50 win at Stephens.
The teams were tied 26-all at the break, but Valley out-gunned the Stars (2-6) from the field during the second half, 50.0 to 20.0 percent.
Senior Cara Clark contributed 12 points for the Lady Vikings (4-6, 1-1), who will return home Dec. 11 to face the College of the Ozarks.