Story, Photo, and Video by Janelle Garcia
The Missouri Valley Men’s basketball team had its first season opener against Hannibal LaGrange at Burns Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Vikings used an 18-0 run early in the first half to switch a six-point deficit to a 12-point lead thanks to 10 points from senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.). The Vikings led by double-digits the rest of the game, and pulled away from Hannibal-LaGrange late in the game for the 17-point victory. Thomas led the Vikings with 22 points, while sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua) finished with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting and seven rebounds. As a team, the Vikings shot over 45 percent and forced Hannibal-LaGrange into 19 turnovers resulting in 23 Viking points. MVC has a 1-0 record to start the season.
The win was also the 144th of Head Coach Chad Lance’s career, which moved him to the top of the program’s all-time wins list, breaking a tie he had with Grover C. Redford.