Evangel Men Grind to 84-73 Win Over Missouri Valley

Evangel Men Grind to 84-73 Win Over Missouri Valley

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Score: Evangel 84, Missouri Valley 73 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (6-20, 5-16); Missouri Valley (10-17, 8-13)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Ashcroft Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel men's basketball team earned a gritty 84-73 victory Wednesday night over Missouri Valley in Heart of America Athletic Conference play.

The Crusaders jumped out to an early lead over the Vikings with a 17-2 run to start the game. After leading by as many as 25 in the first half, Missouri Valley would fight back to pull within 18 at halftime, 46-28 before the game took a turn.

Both teams combined for just 20 field goals in a second half that saw 61 total fouls and both teams combine for 87 free throws. Evangel finished 41 of 57 from the charity stripe while Missouri Valley was 22 of 30.

Chris Stocks led Evangel with 17 points going 11 of 15 from the line, while Pavel Antonov added 13 points off the bench helping Evangel sweep the season series with Missouri Valley.

Clark Brewington added 11 points and Ike Egwu chipped in with 10 points and six boards, as his biggest basket came in the final minute on an alley-oop from Cade Coffman to help seal the win.

Missouri Valley was led by 32 points from Larry Plummer

Evangel heads back to Iowa on Saturday for a rematch with Graceland. Tipoff from Lamoni, Iowa, is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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