Viking basketball swept by Blue Hawks

Nov 19th, 2013 @ 10:08 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
The Valley City State men's and women's basketball teams were swept by Dickinson State Tuesday night at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.

Dickinson opened the night with a 73-58 win in the women's game, and the Blue Hawks prevailed in a tight finale as well, 60-57 in the men's game.

Women: Dickinson State 73, VCSU 58
Dickinson State used a late rally in the first half to build a 40-27 lead en route to the 15-point victory. The Blue Hawks extended the lead in the second half for a comfortable victory.

Valley City was led in the loss by 14 points each from Brittany Lehner and Megan Trautman. Stephanie Pedersen added nine points and Courtney Dixon chipped in eight points.

Four different Blue Hawks scored in double figures, led by 18 from TaRicka Linzy and 17 from Jess Bygate.

Valley City State drops to 2-4 on the season. Dickinson State improves to 5-1.

Men: Dickinson State 60, VCSU 57
Dickinson's Jacob Volk scored the final six points as Dickinson pulled out a late victory 60-57. The Vikings led 57-54 before Volk tied the game on a 3-pointer with 1:25 remaining. Volk then made a single free throw with 24 seconds left and added two more with 3 seconds remaining.

Trailing 58-57, VCSU had a chance to take the lead, but AJ McDonald's contested shot in traffic was no good before Volk's final two free throws. McDonald then had a half-court heave at the buzzer that was off the mark.

McDonald scored 14 points and dished out six assists to lead the Vikings. Russell Robinson added 11 points. Aaron Duske had nine points and nine rebounds, and Jeff Romeus scored nine points off the bench.

The Vikings made just 6 of 27 3-point attempts for 22 percent. Two of those makes came off the hands of Mac Kroeplin, who's 3-pointer with 1:45 remaining gave the Vikings a 57-54 lead.

Dickinson State was led by 11 points from Ty Ackelson. Volk was one of four Blue Hawks with eight points.

The Vikings drop to 1-5 on the season. Dickinson State improves to 1-3.

Up next: The Viking women host Viterbo University on Friday at 6 p.m. The Viking men head to Minot State on Sunday for a 3 p.m. exhibition game.