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Vikings hold off OU Braves

By The Herald Staff | 11/13/2013

MARSHALL, Mo. — The Ottawa University men’s basketball team gave its second straight Heart of America opponent all it could handle before falling Tuesday in Marshall, Mo.

The Braves lost 67-63 to Missouri Valley. Ottawa was coming off a five-point loss Saturday to Baker.

MARSHALL, Mo. — The Ottawa University men’s basketball team gave its second straight Heart of America opponent all it could handle before falling Tuesday in Marshall, Mo.

The Braves lost 67-63 to Missouri Valley. Ottawa was coming off a five-point loss Saturday to Baker.

Missouri Valley had a 27-20 edge in bench scoring.

It was a back-and-forth contest. Ottawa led 14-8 early, but the Vikings tied it at 14-14 midway through the first half.

Ottawa went on an 11-0 run to take a 29-21 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.

Missouri Valley closed the first half on a 15-2 spurt to take a 36-31 halftime lead.

Ottawa tied the game at 43-43 at the 14:21 mark, only to see the Vikings push the lead to seven.

Ottawa came within 58-56, but Missouri Valley increased the lead to 63-58 with 3:17 left.

Ottawa rallied within 63-62 with 20 seconds remaining.

Missouri Valley hit four free throws in the waning seconds.

Julian Rose finished with a double-double. The senior scored 23 points and tied for the team-high with 10 rebounds. Eric Gant and Riley Falk had nine points apiece.  

Adam Hasty tied Rose for the team-high in rebounds with 10. He also had three assists. Jason Haase finished with four blocked shots.

Both teams were cold from the field. Ottawa shot 33.8 percent (24-71), while the Vikings were 36.1 percent (26-72). Both teams were 10 of 15 from the line.

Ottawa (2-3) plays 7:30 p.m. Friday in Lawrence against Haskell Indian Nations University.

Missouri Valley (67) — Powell 14, Burton 10, Hamilton 9, Scott 7, Thomas 17, Brown 8, Bowling 2.

Ottawa (63) — Rose 23, Falk 9, Lindsay 6, Adam Hasty 2, Lundry 2, Gant 9, Haase 4, Hatchett 3, Nichols 2, Regier 2.

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