La Crosse, Wis. – Viterbo University men's basketball freshman, David Shepard scored a career high 28 points and added 11 rebounds to help lead Viterbo University past Grand View University 87-73.
The first half was a back and forth contest although the V-Hawks were in control most of the time. With the game tied at 11, Viterbo went on an 11-4 run to take a 22-15 lead with 8:29 left in the first half. Grand View slowly chipped away at their deficit and eventually tied the game up at 30 apiece with just over three minutes on the clock. Viterbo quickly scored (34-30) on back-to-back possessions before the Vikings scored the final four points to tie the game at 37 at the half. Shepard and Cole Lewis combined for 23 points in the first 20 minutes to lead the V-Hawks.
The second half started out much the same as Viterbo would take a small lead only to let Grand View battle back. After Grand View tied the game up at 57 (12:40), Viterbo scored 30 of the next 41 points to lead 87-68; a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the contest. Alex Diciaula hit two three-pointers while Shepard and Jasper Duberry each hit one three-pointer during the run for the V-Hawks. Diciaula scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half for the V-Hawks.
Joining Shepard and Diciaula in double figures for Viterbo was Lewis with 13 points and Duberry with 11 points. Although he was limited to just five points, senior Matt Turba made himself known in other ways including recording seven assists and five rebounds. Chase Mullen led the Vikings with 21 points.
As a team, the V-Hawks shot an efficient 29-52 (55.8%) from the floor including 8-16 (50%) from three-point range. Grand View finished 21-60 (35.0%) from the floor and 24-29 (82.8%) from the free throw line. Grand View finished with a slight 36-35 edge on the boards but it was Viterbo that finished with 20 assists on 29 field goals.
The win moves the V-Hawks to 15-12 overall and 6-4 in Midwest Collegiate Conference action.
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