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Men's basketball seeks first win Thursday

Nov. 07, 2013 3:13 PM | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
What: VCSU men's basketball vs. Viterbo
When: Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Valley City State (W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse)
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The Viking men’s basketball team looks for that first win tonight when they welcome Viterbo University to the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.

Valley City State enters with an 0-2 record after losing a pair of close games at home against Dordt College and Northwestern College. The Vikings held a halftime lead in each game, 50-37 against Dordt and 32-31 against Northwestern, but could not finish in the second half.

Senior guard Aaron Duske went over 1,000 career points on Friday night in the 100-93 loss to Dordt College. He then scored a game-high 28 points Saturday in an 80-72 loss to Northwestern.

Junior guard AJ McDonald was electric all weekend, scoring 33 points Friday night and then dropping 15 points and eight assists on Saturday.

Several new Vikings had notable debuts this weekend. True freshman Mac Kroeplin scored 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting Friday. Junior transfer Jeff Romeus scored 10 points Friday, including a crowd-pleasing dunk just before the halftime buzzer. Junior transfer Russell Robinson came up with 10 points and seven rebounds on Friday and added seven more rebounds on Saturday. And a third junior transfer, Jeremy Ware, scored seven points in each game.

This is the first year the Vikings have started 0-2 since 2010-11. That year VCSU started 0-4 before finishing with a 9-20 record.

Viterbo University enters tonight’s game with a 1-0 record after defeating Silver Lake College 81-57 last week. The V-Hawks posted a 16-15 record last year, and are receiving votes in the Preseason Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Viterbo and Valley City played in early November last year as well. VCSU picked up a 74-61 win in that game, led by 20 points from Sekani Milligen and 15 points from Duske. The Vikings and V-Hawks have played three times since 2009, with VCSU winning each time. In November 2011, the Vikings defeated Viterbo 64-59. In November 2009, VCSU beat Viterbo 73-53.

Tonight's game will be broadcast live on TED FM 98.3/102.7 and streamed at NewsDakota.com.
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