La Crosse, Wis. –------- The Viterbo University men's basketball team used a nearly flawless first half of basketball to help lead them past AIB College 85-52.
The V-Hawks made eight of their first ten three-point shots and all eight of their free throw in the opening half as they built a 50-25 point lead at half time. Overall the V-Hawks finished 17-28 (60.7%) from the floor in the first half and had 13 assists in the opening 20 minutes. They committed just four turnovers while out rebounding AIB College 18-10. The V-Hawks jumped out to a 22-7 lead and never trailed in the contest. Freshman David Shepard sparked the V-Hawks in the first half as he scored 18 of his game high 22 points in the first half.
The second half saw the V-Hawks cool off just a bit as they shot 11-28 (39.3%) from the floor including 4-7 (57.1%) from three-point range. They continued to run an effective offense though as they had ten assists on eleven of their field goals. Senior Cole Lewis led the V-Hawks in the second half with eight points including two monstrous dunks that ignited the homecoming crowd.
Joining Shepard in double figures for the V-Hawks was Lewis with 14 points while Matt Turba added 10 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Lewis also had a great all-around game as he finished with a team high seven rebounds and five assists. Jason Cameron led the Eagles with 11 points.
For the game, the V-Hawks were 28-56 (50%) from the floor and 12-17 (70.6%) from long range. They also had their best night of the season at the free throw line as they finished 17-21 (81%). AIB shot 20-50 (40%) from the floor but was just 4-14 (28.6%) from three-point range. For the second straight game the V-Hawks committed less than 10 turnovers as they finished with 8 tonight.
The win is the four straight for the V-Hawks as they are now 14-11 overall and 5-3 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
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