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February 23, 2020

[Men’s Basketball] Wildcats Pick Up Huge Win At Home Over Missouri Valley on Wednesday, 77-76

[Men’s Basketball] Wildcats Pick Up Huge Win At Home Over Missouri Valley on Wednesday, 77-76

Men’s Basketball – Thu, Feb. 20, 2020 at 12:30 AM

Missouri Valley College

Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Behind a combined 61 points from Xavier Elam, Jalen Patterson and Brandon Clifford, the Baker men’s basketball team took down Missouri Valley on Wednesday by a score of 77-76.

The Wildcats outscored the Vikings in bench points on the night, 29-6 as Patterson led all bench scorers with 21 points. Elam also scored 21 points on the day, while Clifford added 19 points.

“We were very good in the second half offensively,” head coach Sean Dooley said. “We did a lot better job of taking care of the ball and I thought our guys shared it well and it led to us shooting a great percentage. I am really proud of our guys, especially those guys that came off the bench. We found ourselves in a hole early, but those bench guys came in and picked up the energy.”

To start the game, Baker was unable to score for the first two minutes of the game as the Vikings grabbed a 10-0 lead. With just over 16 minutes left in the first half, Baker cut the lead to four, but Missouri Valley quickly pushed the lead back to nine with 13:45 left in the half.

Throughout the rest of the first half, the Wildcats were able to cut the lead to one multiple times but it seemed like the Vikings would head to the locker room with a lead. A free throw by Clifford with 55 seconds left tied the game at 33 and a huge three-pointer by Clifford gave Baker a 36-33 lead heading into halftime.

Throughout the second half, Baker was unable to pull away, but they continued to hold the lead for the final 20 minutes. Missouri Valley tied the game twice in the second half, but with 10 seconds left in the game, the ‘Cats led 77-73.

After a three-point play with three seconds left, the Wildcats were able to buckle down and not allow the Vikings to get another shot off as they went on to win the game, 77-76.

With the win, the Wildcats are 14-13 on the season and 12-9 in Heart of America play. They will finish their home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they host No. 7 William Penn inside the Collins Center at 4 p.m. The Wildcats will also recognize four seniors on Saturday.

 

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Published at Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:30:00 +0000

[Women’s Basketball] Huge Third Quarter Propels ‘Cats to Victory, 67-60, Over Missouri Valley

Women’s Basketball – Thu, Feb. 20, 2020 at 12:15 AM

Missouri Valley College

Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker women’s basketball team came into the Heart of America match up against Missouri Valley with a record of 9-15 and 6-14 in conference play. In their previous matchup against the Vikings, the ‘Cats handle the contest defeating MVC, 72-59.

On Wednesday night the Wildcats came away with the same result but it was a much different ball game.

The first half was controlled by Missouri Valley. The Wildcats shot 29% from the field, made a single three-point basket and could not slow down the Vikings offense who shot 47% in the first half. Going into halftime Baker trailed, 30-18.

Despite being down big to open up the second half, the Wildcats came out with vengeance to start the third quarter. Outscoring the Vikings, 34-6, in the quarter, the ‘Cats were able to flip a 12-point deficit to a 16-point lead as the quarter ended with the score, 52-36.

Although the Wildcats has a comfortable lead to start the final quarter, the Vikings would make them earn the victory. Missouri Valley responded in the fourth going on a 12-2 run with 8:30 to play in regulation. Leading by just two points with a minute remaining, a much-needed basket by Brooke Habeck and four free throws by Leah Vanweelden would seal the victory for the ‘Cats, 67-60.

“We finally showed up in the third quarter,” coach Justin Rees said after the game, “We made some minor adjustments at half and really nailed home the game plan… The girls did a great job of executing in the third quarter to get our confidence going”.

Habeck led the scoring for the Wildcats as she collected 13 of her 19 points in the third quarter. Abby Bird finished with 17 points after going 6-12 from the field and sank all five of her free throw attempts. Lastly, Leslie Karolina Alvarado and Macey Frost rounded out the top scores for Baker as the each finished with eight points.

The Wildcats will be back in action Saturday, February 22nd, as the Baker women’s basketball team will host No. 18 William Penn inside the Collins Center at 2:00 p.m.

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Published at Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:15:00 +0000

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