Feb 10th, 2006 @ 9:22 am | Author: Vikings Sports News
MAYVILLE, ND - Mayville State University overcame a sluggish start with a jolt from the bench and rolled to a comfortable 90-76 home win over Valley City State in men’s basketball Thursday night in the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.

VCSU started the game with a 6-0 run for what was the Vikings’ largest lead of the game, Matt Stenehjem gave came off the bench for two slams and a steal that led to another basket and forge an 11-all tie. Then it was Gilby Sanchez’s turn. In a rare reserve performance for Sanchez, he came out and scored 13 points in the first half as the Comets built a 16-point lead, including a three at the half-time buzzer. The Comets went into the locker room with a 45-29 lead.

VCSU outscored MSU 47-45 in the second half but could never get the Comets lead into single digits. Twice the Vikings got within 11 with a chance to cut into the Comets’ lead even more but just couldn’t do it.

Defensively, the Comets forced VCSU into committing 33 turnovers to just 20 for MSU.

Justin Curry led VCSU with 23 points. Brandon Bata scored 20 as he hit 7-of-8 shots from the field and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Valley City State falls to 11-14 overall and 5-7 in the DAC.