Vikings use fast start to beat Culver

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Missouri Valley College men's basketball team got going early Monday to beat Culver-Stockton in a Heart of America Conference home game.

The Vikings led by 10 points midway through the first half before closing with an a 18-9 run to go into the break with a 40-21 lead. Valley drained eight three-pointers during the first half, two each by junior Casey Cody-Jackson and seniors Tavious Brazil and Mason Schlotzhauer.

The Wildcats trimmed a margin that was once 24 points to eight with a 21-5 run which ended with seven minutes remaining in the game. The Vikings scored six straight points to regain control.

Senior Mason Vires' game-high 27 points led Culver-Stockton (4-15, 3-12 HAAC), which was held to 39.3-percent shooting from the field.

Cody-Jackson paced Valley (11-9, 8-7) with 18 points, six assists and five steals while Brazil contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Vikings dropped their eighth straight game, 79-59 to Culver-Stockton, with the middle frames again proving pivotal.

The Lady Wildcats led by three points after the first period, but took control with a 42-21 stretch during the second and third quarters.

Five players scored in double figures for Culver-Stockton (14-7, 10-5), senior Ryan Dooley and junior Ashley Nelson each getting 13 points.

Back in action after missing a three games, junior Mikayla Homola had 12 points off the bench for Valley (3-15, 2-13).

The Vikings are back in the Burns Athletic Center again Thursday to take on Central Methodist.

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