Vikings bump off No. 17 Benedictine

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team returned to the court Wednesday following the holiday break by upsetting a NAIA-ranked foe for the second time this season.

The Vikings charged back after falling behind by 19 points in the first half, taking a 77-75 overtime home decision from No. 17 Benedictine.

The Ravens out-shot Valley from the field, 43.8 to 28.0 percent, to take a 77-75 cushion into halftime. At first, the Vikings chipped away, then picked up the pace during a 27-9 10-minute stretch to close to within a point.

Valley went ahead for the first time in the game on junior Kyle Hicket's three-pointer with 9:47 left in regulation time. A bomb by senior Brody Gronewold extended the margin to eight points with four minutes remaining, but Benedictine came back to tie the game on senior Andre Yates' two free throws with one second showing.

The Vikings never trailed during the extra frame and were four points ahead when Yates struck from outside -- his sixth trey of the contest -- with five seconds left. The Ravens immediately fouled Gronewold, who hit both shots from the stripe, and missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.

Yates scored 28 points for Benedictine (9-4, 6-3 HAAC), which fell into a fourth-place tie with MVC in the league standings.

Valley had five players score in double figures, topped by Hickey's 18 points and 16 from Gronewold. After a poor-shooting first half, the Vikings (8-4, 6-3) hit 60 percent of their field-goal attempts during the second half and OT, while limiting the visitors to 27.3 percent.

The women's game was a back-and-forth tilt through three periods, with 19th-ranked Benedictine using a 20-12 fourth quarter to pull out a 53-44 victory.

Junior Kristen Murphy's 12 points helped send the Lady Ravens into intermission with a seven-point lead, but Valley opened the third frame with an 11-2 run to surge in front on junior Deidra McCoy's lay-up with 2:11 remaining in the period.

Leading by a point, Benedictine opened the fourth stanza with sophomore Maddie Minnaert knocking down a three-pointer. The Lady Vikings regained the lead on junior Anete Petersone's perimeter jumper.

The Lady Ravens scored the next eight points to lead by seven points with 1:27 to go. Valley made only two shots the rest of the way, closing no closer than five points.

Benedictine (8-5, 7-2) got a game-high 16 points from Murphy.

McCoy had 10 points for the Lady Vikings (7-6, 3-6), who join the men for a trip to Des Moines on Saturday to face Grand View.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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