By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Culver-Stockton College men's basketball team snapped a 15-game losing streak in Heart of America Athletic Conference play and a streak of nine losses to Missouri Valley College with a 101-93 win Friday night in Marshall, Mo.
The Wildcats (6-2, 1-0 HAAC) shot 52 percent (35 of 67) from the field in the win.
It was the first time C-SC shot better than 50 percent in a game since Feb, 17, 2011, against Graceland.
Austin Keaton led the Wildcats with 26 points. Marshawn Norris (21), James Johnson (19), Alen Hadzimahovic and C.J. Adams (13) also finished in double figures. Hadzimahovic also grabbed 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
A strong performance from beyond the arc helped C-SC take control. The Wildcats shot 48 percent (14 of 29) 3-point range.
C-SC took a 54-37 lead into halftime. The Vikings rebounded in the second half with some hot shooting. MVC shot 68 percent (21 of 31) from the field after halftime to chip away at C-SC's lead. Jordan Epps led MVC with 30 points.
Missouri Valley 57, Culver-Stockton 54: The Wildcats only scored three points in the last 5 minutes, 37 seconds of their loss to the Vikings (3-5, 1-0) in their HAAC opener.
Mimi Reaves, who finished with a team-high 17 points, put C-SC (4-3, 0-1 HAAC) ahead 51-46 before the cold streak started.
MVC's Sami Jackson tied the game at 53 with a 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining. After Cara Clark extended the lead to 55-53, Reaves made a free throw with 36 seconds left to cut the lead to one point.
She had an opportunity to push the Wildcats ahead on their next possession, but missed a 3-pointer. Jackson then made two free throws with nine seconds left.
Jamine Mathews added 14 points for C-SC. Lisa Plattner grabbed seven rebounds.