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Kerry Green (20 points) and Nate Washington (19 points) led Grand View to a 91-76 win over Mt. Mercy Wednesday.
Men's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 22, 2017
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The 24th ranked Grand View Vikings secured second place in the Heart of America Conference and punched their ticket to the NAIA Division 1 National Tournament in Kansas City with an impressive 91-76 over the Mt. Mercy Mustangs Wednesday night at Sisam Arena in Des Moines.

It was Mt. Mercy who got off to the hot start taking an early seven point lead before Grand View settled in and their league leading defense went to work. The Vikings gave up 13 points in the opening five minutes of the game but would only surrender 26 the rest of the half. Meanwhile, the Grand View offense, especially their transition game, was on full display shooting 17-34 from the field in the first half many of which came via fast break points. Nate Washington (Houston, Texas) led Grand View with 15 first half points. Grand View held the powerful Mt. Mercy offense to just 16-46 shooting including 4-12 from three point territory.

In the second half it was all Grand View as their defense continued to make things difficult on the Mustangs and their offense remained efficient. While Grand View struggled from three on the night, they lived at the rim in transition and in the half court and shot 16-28 in the final 20 minutes including 13-18 from the free throw line. The Viking defense held Mt. Mercy to 15-34 shooting in the second half but more impressively 0-8 from three point territory. The Mustangs in their four game winning streak leading up to tonight's game had averaged 96.3 points per game and were knocking down 13.8 three's per game. Grand View held them to 76 points and just 4-20 from distance.

Grand View had four players in double figures in the win led by Kerry Green (Missouri City, Texas) who finished with 20 points. Washington added 19 after his big first half while Jjuan Hadnot (Beaumont, Texas) and Chase Mullen (Friendswood, Texas) had 15 points. Hadnot added eight rebounds while Mullen had nine assists to help the cause. Alex Welsch (Fontanelle, Iowa) led the Vikings with nine rebounds in the game. Grand View finished with 22 assists on 33 field goals in the big win.

Grand View is now 20-8 overall and 18-7 in the Heart of America Conference which locks up second place by themselves and an automatic bid to the NAIA Division 1 National Tournament in Kansas City three weeks from now. Grand View has earned a buy in the first round of the Conference Tournament which begins next Tuesday, February 28 and will play their first game at home Thursday, March 2nd.

Grand View hits the road this weekend for their final regular season game at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas with tip moved to 2 PM with the women set to tip at 12 PM. Check back with gvvikings.com for a complete recap and follow the Vikings on social media for in game updates.

 
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