Waldorf University
Valley City State
VCSU's Rashad Satahoo used a screen from Ellwood Ellenson (34) to shake his defender June Prowell on Saturday.
VCSU's Rashad Satahoo used a screen from Ellwood Ellenson (34) to shake his defender June Prowell on Saturday.
Men's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 28, 2017
Valley City State (N.D.)263965
Jan. 28, 2017
Valley City, N.D.
WaldorfIndv. LeadersValley City State (N.D.)
#0 Brady Kuchinka - 20Points #5 Jayden Ferguson - 27
2 Players (#20,#55) - 12Rebounds #34 Ellwood Ellenson - 10
6 Players - 1Assists #4 Rashad Satahoo - 3
WaldorfTeam StatisticsValley City State (N.D.)
40.7% (24 - 59) Field Goals % 42.4% (25 - 59)
30.8% (4 - 13) 3 Point Field Goals % 25% (4 - 16)
63.6% (7 - 11) Free Throws 78.6% (11 - 14)
38Rebounds 34
6Assists 9
16Turnovers 10
122nd Chance Pts 4

The Valley City State men's basketball team ripped off an 17-2 run late in the game Saturday as the Vikings rallied for a 65-59 victory over Waldorf University.

VCSU trailed 50-41 with 10 minutes to go, but outscored the Warriors 17-2 over the next eight minutes of play to build a 58-52 lead en route to the conference victory in Valley City. Jayden Ferguson started the run with a 3-pointer and capped it with a basket inside, putting the Vikings up six with 1:48 remaining. Waldorf would get no closer than four the rest of the way.

The win completed a weekend sweep for Valley City State, which swept both sides of the men's and women's doubleheaders against Waldorf on Saturday and Mayville State on Friday.

The Viking men improve to 14-11 overall and 6-5 in the North Star Athletic Association. Waldorf drops to 9-15 overall and 5-6 in conference play. The Vikings and Warriors entered the game in a four-way tie for fourth place in the NSAA standings. The Vikings are now alone in fourth place, while the Warriors are in a two-way tie for sixth.

Jayden Ferguson scored a game-high 27 points for the Vikings. Ferguson went 12-for-19 from the field, 2-for-3 on 3's and also pulled down six rebounds. His last basket Saturday gave Ferguson 1,550 career points and moved him past Duane Baumgartner (1,549 points) for fourth on the VCSU all-time scoring list.

Rashad Satahoo added 18 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Vikings. Austin Dunbar scored nine points, and Ellwood Ellenson had four points – including a monster putback jam – 10 rebounds and four blocks. Point guard Jason Ralph scored seven points and had two assists.

Waldorf was led by 20 points from Brady Kuchinka, who knocked down four 3-pointers. Michael Morgan had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, and June Prowell scored 12 points as well.

The Warriors held a 32-26 halftime advantage and led by as many as 10 points in the second half at 39-29. VCSU led 2-0 early but would not lead again until 4:40 remaining when Jason Ralph's two free throws capped 11 straight points and put the Vikings up 52-50.

VCSU shot 42 percent from the field (25-59), 25 percent on 3's (4-16) and 79 percent at the line (11-14). Waldorf shot 41 percent from the field (24-59) but made just 35 percent in the second half. The Warriors were 4-13 on 3's (31 percent) and went 7-for-11 at the line.

Waldorf held a 38-34 edge on the glass, including a 10-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Waldorf had six assists, 16 turnovers, five blocks and five steals. The Vikings finished with nine assists, just 10 turnovers, five blocks and four steals.

Up next: Valley City State travels to Viterbo University on Friday, Feb. 3, for a 5:30/7:30 p.m. women's and men's doubleheader. Waldorf will host Dakota State for a doubleheader on Feb. 3.