14-0 second-half run propels Vikings past Concordia


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CITY,N.D. (VCSUVikings.com) – Valley City State used a 14-0 second-half run to take control Tuesday night as the Viking men’s basketball team defeated Concordia College (Minn.), 74-57.

Leading 45-41 with 14:00 remaining, the Vikings ripped off the next 14 points over a four-minute stretch to take a commanding 59-41 lead. All 14 points came off the bench for VCSU, including an old-fashioned 3-point play by Denzel Kennedy to cap the run. The Cobbers would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Valley City State improves to 4-7 overall with its second straight win. Concordia College drops to 3-4 overall. VCSU returns to conference play Friday by hosting Mayville State University.

The Vikings held a slim 33-31 lead at halftime Tuesday, but shot 55 percent in the second half to outscore the Cobbers 41-26 over the final 20 minutes.

VCSU finished at 49 percent overall (28-57), 25 percent on 3’s (3-12) and 79 percent at the line (15-19). Concordia College shot 42 percent from the field (23-55), 33 percent on 3’s (6-18) and 45 percent on free throws (5-11).

Rashad Satahoo had team-highs of 16 points and six rebounds for the Vikings. Jayden Ferguson added 15 points, Justyn Galloway scored nine and seven other Vikings scored at least three points. The Vikings had 24 points off the bench, including seven points and four assists by freshman Jake Skelly.

The Vikings held a 36-25 rebound advantage, including a 10-5 edge on the offensive glass. Each team committed 13 turnovers.

Jacob Pazdernick scored 20 points for Concordia to lead all scorers. Kevin Wolfe added 14 points off the bench.

Up next: Valley City State (4-7, 0-1 NSAA) returns to conference play by hosting Mayville State University on Friday night (7:30 p.m.) and Waldorf University on Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.).

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