Grand View University issued the following announcement on Jan. 3.
The Grand View men's basketball team faltered in their debut in the 2019 calendar year. The Vikings fell to the Graceland Yellowjackets 51-64. Grand View fell to 7-7 overall and 3-6 in the Heart, while the Yellowjackets improved to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play.
KEYS TO THE GAME…
Grand View started the game slowly as they found themselves in an 8-24 deficit midway through the first period.
The Vikings shot a lowly 25% from the field including 0/10 from three-point range in the first half. They improved slightly in the second half, going 41% from the floor and 27% from deep.
Grand View was able to shorten the Yellowjacket lead in the second half, before going on a 13 possession scoreless streak.
The Vikings gave themselves plenty of opportunities in the game to score, while only turning the ball over 9 times. They were just unable to convert on their shot attempts.
PLAYERS OF NOTE…
Kory Kuenstling (SR/Dunkerton, Iowa) led the Vikings in scoring with 13 points on 6/8 shooting. He also gathered 6 rebounds.
Casey Schlatter (SR/Iowa Falls, Iowa) led the charge on the glass. The senior snagged 11 rebounds. He also scored 7 points and dished out 4 assists.
The Vikings return to the hardwood on Saturday, January 5th when they host Evangel University. The Crusaders are 1-11 overall and 0-7 in Heart play. The Vikings' tip is scheduled for 2:00 pm following the women's game. Check back with gvvikings.com for a complete recap and follow the Vikings on social media (@VikingAthletics) for in-game updates.
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