Feb 19th, 2011 @ 8:48 pm | Author: Ryan Cunningham, NewsDakota.com
Despite being down to eight active players, and despite two devastating runs by the Mayville State offense, the Vikings were better at the end of the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) season.
Valley City State used a 9-0 run that spanned 5:07 of gametime down the stretch to take a 50-48 lead, and survived for a 63-58 win at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse in Mayville Saturday afternoon.
Four Vikings scored in double figures, led by Calvin Kraft (Sr., Casselton, ND) who won his final game in Mayville after a brilliant career for the Vikings, scoring 18 points and hitting four three-point shots.
Tyler Macomber (Sr., Elk River, MN) and Mark Klingberg (Sr., Prior Lake, MN) combined for 26 points, with Macomber pivoting and reverse-pivoting his way to 16. Klingberg dropped 10, and Aaron Duske (Fr., Buffalo, MN) capped a terrific first season with 10.
The Comets stole the Vikings early momentum, blowing out a 13-0 run that erased a 12-point Viking lead, with Mayville State taking a 24-23 lead with 3:00 left of the first half. The Vikings recovered to lead 30-26 at the break.
The second Comet run came when Wiley Jiles (Jr., Minneapolis, MN) starting hitting bombs. He connected for five threes in the second half, with four coming during a 19-5 run that ran the Comets out to a 48-41 lead with 9:05 left.
Valley City State then punched back with Kraft and Macomber combining for big shots, including two late Kraft treys and Macomber slicing down the lane. Mike York (Sr., Burnsville, MN) drove the lane to cap a 9-0 run with 3:48 left to give the Vikings a 50-48 edge.
Klingberg hit a huge putback down the stretch, and the Vikings connected on four late free throws to ice the game, with Duske hitting to force a two-possession lead with three seconds left.
The Vikings improve to 3-11 in Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) play, and enter the DAC tournament as the seven-seed. They avoid a trip to Black Hills State, who won the league with a 22-5 record and the nation's fifth ranking.