The 15th ranked Grand View Vikings dropped a heart breaker at home Saturday afternoon losing to the Evangel University Crusaders 83-81 at Sisam Arena in Des Moines.
The first half was back and forth as the score was tied seven times and there were nine lead changes. The Vikings shot the ball offensively going 15-29 from the floor for 51% but went just 1-8 from three. Evangel did not shoot it as well from two, but went 5-14 from three to keep it close at the half at 42-38 in favor of Grand View. Both Nate Washington (Houston, Texas) and Kerry Green (Missouri City, Texas) were in double figures with 11 a piece.
The second half was more of the same with seven more lead changes and four different times in which the game was tied. Grand View cooled off offensively allowing Evangel to hang around. Grand View was up 11 points with 5:06 remaining in the game before some costly turnovers and big plays by the Crusaders made things interesting down the stretch. Evangel came all the way back to take a one point lead at 76-75 with 1:22 remaining in the game. After a miss by Green, Evangel scored to push the lead to three before Chase Mullen (Friendswood, Texas) drove and was blocked forcing Grand View to foul again. This time the Crusaders split the free throws to take a 79-75 lead with just 39 seconds to go. Green then drove and was fouled after making the layup and after he added the free throw the lead was cut to just one. Grand View fouled immediately and after two free throws by Evangel Mullen drove the length of the floor for a layup plus the foul and capped off the and one with a huge free throw with just seven seconds remaining. However, after a timeout the Crusaders drove the length of the floor and scored with only three seconds remaining. Grand View was unable to score with the time remaining and the game ended at 83-81 in favor of Evangel.
Green finished with 23 points to lead the Vikings while Washington and Jjuan Hadnot (Beaumont, Texas) each had 14. Mullen added 11 points to help the cause. Hadnot pulled down a team leading nine rebounds as well.
Grand View is now 18-7 overall and 16-6 in the Heart of America Conference which puts them in third place by themselves.
The Vikings are off now until Thursday when they host the #24 Benedictine College Ravens who are one game ahead of Grand View in 2nd place. Check back with gvvikings.com for complete coverage and follow the Vikings on social media for in game updates.
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