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VALLEY CITY  (VCSU)  – The Valley City State women’s basketball team fell to nationally-ranked conference leaders Mayville State University Friday night, 70-62.

The Vikings outscored the Comets 40-39 in the second half, but Mayville State’s seven-point first quarter advantage allowed them to hold onto the lead throughout the game.

Mayville State led by as much as 17 points in the third quarter when the Vikings struck back in front of their home crowd. The Vikings went on an 11-2 run capped by a Dani Schwanke 3-pointer to cut the Comet lead to eight at the end of the third, 46-38.

The Vikings continued to battle back throughout the fourth quarter. A Maara Nelson bucket with 3:56 on the clock sent the Vikings on a late 11-3 run. With 0:31 left in the game, another 3-pointer from Schwanke would get the Vikings within four points but Comet free throws from Claire Blascziek sealed the Comet victory.

Valley City falls to 7-10 this the season and 4-2 in the North Star. Mayville State improves to 16-2 overall and 5-0 in the NSAA.

Valley City State shot 27 percent from the field (20-72), 14 percent on 3’s (3-21), and 76 percent from the free throw line (19-25). Mayville State shot 36 percent from the field (22-61), 23 percent on 3’s (7-31), and 91 percent from the free throw line (19-21).

Three Vikings scored in double figures Friday night, led by Maara Nelson with 17, and Macey Kvilvang and Dani Schwanke with 12 each. Mackenzie Huber pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for the Vikings.

Claire Blascziek scored a team-high 22 points for Mayville State including a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line. Nicole Bunting added 14 points for the Comets while Kylee Heurung tallied a team-high nine rebounds Friday.

UP NEXT: Valley City State hosts Presentation College on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a conference doubleheader. The women will tip at 3 p.m. followed by the men at 5 p.m.


Mayville State 84 VCSU 70

VALLEY CITY  (VCSU)  – The Valley City State men’s basketball team held a late lead on the No. 24-ranked Mayville State Comets Friday night, but the Viking upset bid fell short late as Mayville State earned an 84-70 victory.

Mayville State ended the game with a 20-4 run over the final 5:15, turning a 66-64 deficit into a 84-70 victory.

Logan Nelson‘s 29th point of the game put the Vikings ahead 66-64 with 5:43 to go, capping a 7-2 run for VCSU’s last lead of the game. Mayville State’s Jalen Valverde gave the Comets the lead for a good at 68-66 with a three-point play at the 4:41 mark. That sparked an 8-0 run by the Comets and the Vikings were never able to recover.

Valley City State drops to 6-14 overall and 2-4 in the North Star Athletic Association. Mayville State improves to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in the NSAA.

The Comets led 41-32 at halftime and went up 43-32 early in the second half before the Vikings put together a big run. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Matthew Schlottman and Nelson capped a 16-3 run as VCSU took a 48-46 lead. With the Vikings leading 52-49, Mayville State responded with a 9-0 run, going up 58-52 on Latrelle Franklin’s 3-pointer with 9:35 to play. The Vikings battled back to go ahead before the Comets put together their late run to stave off the upset.

VCSU’s Logan Nelson led all scorers with 29 points, including 18 in the second half as he and the Vikings worked the middle of the lane against Mayville State’s zone. Kevin Schramm poured in 21 more points for the Vikings, and Schlottman made four 3’s to finish with 14 points off the bench. Both Schramm and Chris Thompson had four assists, while Schlottman and Connor Entzi led with seven rebounds each. VCSU shot 46 percent overall (28-61), 29 percent on 3’s (7-24) and went 7-for-10 on free throws.

Mayville State had good balance with four players scoring in double figures. Max Cooper led the way with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double. Rene Melendez made two 3’s and finished with 16 points. Both Latrelle Franklin and Jalen Valverde scored 15 points each.

Mayville State shot 44 percent overall (28-64), 35 percent on 3’s (8-23) and 69 percent on free throws (20-29). The Comets had 12 assists, seven turnovers, one block and 11 steals. VCSU finished with 16 assists, 15 turnovers, three blocks and three steals.

Up next: Valley City State (6-14, 2-4 NSAA) hosts Presentation College for a conference doubleheader on Saturday. The women’s game tips at 3 p.m. with the men to follow at 5 p.m.


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