VALLEY CITY, N.D. -- Alex Quist scored on an offensive rebound after a blocked shot in the final seconds as the Bellevue University men's basketball team fell to Valley City State University, 66-65, on Saturday evening in North Star Athletic Association play at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Bellevue saw their three-game win streak come to a half as they fall to 14-10 overall and 6-5 in NSAA play while the win saw VCSU improve to 9-15 (3-9 NSAA).
The Bruins took a three-point lead into the final two minutes which was cut to one after a pair of free throws from Ferguson cut it to 64-63 with 1:22 to go. With 40 seconds to go Galloway hit the second of two free throws to tie the game before Shelton hit one-of-two at the Bruin offensive end to go up 65-64 with 20 seconds to set up the final possession.
Rashad Satahoo took a shot with five seconds that was blocked by Brandon Fagins but rebounded by Alex Quist who scored the put-back to secure the Valley City win.
With the score tied at 3-3, Bellevue went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Drew Apsher three-pointer, over the next 2:39 to create some separation. The lead was fairly short-lived as the Vikings responded by scoring 15 of the next 20 points to go up 18-15 on a Justyn Galloway trey.
The remainder of the first half was played much tighter as neither team got up by more than two possessions with Bellevue taking a 35-32 lead into the locker room.
VCSU could credit their hot shooting in the first half, including a 46.7 percent mark from three for only being down three points despite turning the ball over five times to Bellevue's two and being out-scored 9-0 in points off turnovers and 6-2 in second chance points.
The second half started in a similar manner to the end of the first half before Valley City rattled off seven-straight points in 40 seconds to seize a 45-40 lead with 13:27 to play. A short time later BU ran off six points in a row, in just 61 seconds, to tie the game at 47-47 with 10:35 showing with a bucket from BJ Shelton.
Bellevue reclaimed the lead with 8:41 on a three-pointer from Connor Dukes, going up 50-49, the first time they'd been ahead since the 15:04 mark. That lead, however, was short-lived as Jayden Ferguson scored on the ensuing possession, the Vikings got a stop on the defensive end, and Satahoo drained a three-pointer to go up 54-50.
VCSU kept their lead until Austin Moore scored with 4:54 to go putting BU up 58-57 entering the home stretch. After a pair of free throws from Galloway gave the Vikings a one-point lead, Nick Hilton drained a three on the next possession to put Bellevue up by a bucket.
Moore led the Bruins with 15 points as Shelton (12) and Reed (11) joined him in double figures. Dukes added six and Hilton five while Jaffery Stillman pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.
Valley City was led by Satahoo's 21 points. Galloway picked up a double-double – 14 points, 10 rebounds – and Ferguson added 12 for the Vikings.
The Bruins, after winning all three games of their road trip, return home on Friday, Feb. 2 as they host Presentation College at 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.