Vikings get home split with Grand View

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Missouri Valley College men's basketball won for the sixth time in the last six games Monday with a 77-58 Heart of American Conference victory over visiting Grand View.

The contest was tied at halftime, the largest first-half lead for either team being eight points in Valley's favor when senior Tavious Brazil knocked down a shot with six minutes remaining. Grand View scored the next 12 points.

Junior Colton Kolowski opened the second half with a three-pointer for GVU, but it was unable to break away. The Vikings broke the game's sixth tie with a 14-2 run, seven points coming from junior reserve Jhacobe Cochran. His bomb midway through the second period put Valley 13 points ahead.

Kolowski hit from the outside and junior Jay Chen got inside for a deuce as Grand View narrowed the deficit to seven points, but the Vikings got a trey from junior D'Angelo Young-Pryor to cap a 13-2 spree which gave them an 18-point cushion with four minutes left.

Junior Drew Johnson scored 18 points for Grand View (3-12, 1-9 HAAC), which was out-shot 62.5 to 28.1 percent from the field during the second half.

Cochran wound up with a career-high 15 points for Valley (9-6, 6-4), which got 14 points from Brazil and 11 points and eight rebounds from Young-Pryor.

The Lady Vikings were an underdog against 23rd-ranked Grand View, but pushed the visitors to the wire before dropping a 64-62 decision in a tilt that saw 17 lead changes.

Valley had a nine-point advantage after junior Shanelle Tolley's bucket just under the eight-minute mark of the fourth quarter, but would not score again the rest of the game -- missing 10 straight shots and committing three turnovers.

Senior Brooke Trautsch made a lay-up, junior Mackenzie Roberts sank a three and junior Mia Rosener converted a pair of free throws following an offensive rebound to pull Grand View to within one possession. Two more Rosener charity shots knotted up the game with four minutes to go.

Neither team scored, the Lady Vikings having two shots blocked, until Trautsch grabbed a rebound and stuck the ball back in the hoop with 14 seconds left. Valley tried a pair of potential game-winning three-pointers, but the shots by senior Sierra Adams and junior Madison Belanger couldn't hit the mark.

Rosener wound up with 19 points and 13 rebounds for Grand View (13-3, 9-1), which remains in a first-place tie for the league lead with No. 8 Central Methodist.

The Lady Vikings (3-10, 2-8) got 14 points from junior Mikayla Homola.

Valley will be at home Wednesday for a HAAC doubleheader against Baker.

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