CLINTON — The Ashford University Lady Saints came oh, so close to earning their first conference win of the season Saturday.

In a game that was close throughout Ashford fell just short in an 84-78 triple-overtime loss to the Grand View Vikings.

The Grand View men completed the doubleheader sweep, rolling to a 67-50 win in the second game of the Midwest Classic Conference twin bill at Kehl Arena.

The women’s game had 14 ties while the Saints led 14 times and the Vikings 15.

Ashford (4-16, 0-6 MCC) led 26-24 at the half, the score was tied 59-all at the end of regulation, it was 67-all after one overtime and 71-all after two overtimes. Grand View (8-14, 4-2) outscored the Saints 13-7 in the third overtime to end the marathon matchup.

Ashford led 49-46 with 5:05 remaining in regulation. The score was tied at 52 and 57 before the Vikings got a bucket to take a 59-57 lead with a minute left.

The Saints’ Lindsey Miller (16 points) hit a jumper to again tie things. Grand View got one final shot but missed, sending the game to its first overtime.

The Vikings opened the first OT with three field goals, one a 3-pointer, to put them on top 66-62.

Ashford’s Kayla Mangler (12 points) hit a 3-pointer and a free throw and Jakki Alexander (team-high 18 points) hit a jumper to cut the margin to 67-65. In the final moments the Saints’ Charity Turnbull drove the lane for a bucket to send the game to a second overtime.

In the second overtime Ashford got a basket each from Turnbull and Mangler to take a 71-67 lead. The score stayed that way until the final minute when the Vikings hit a pair of key field goals to tie the game with just 16 seconds left. The Saints could not get off a final shot.

The Vikings scored first in the third OT. Grand View’s Tanna Slings (game-high 29 points) made a pair of free throws, but the Saints got a basket from Megan Van Hyfte (11 points) and a free throw from Megan Beelman (10 points) to tie the game at 74-all.

Grand View came up with a 10-4 run to put the game in the win column.

“We had plenty of chances to win this one,” Lady Saints coach Chris Powers said. “This was an exciting game to be a part of, but the sad part was that we lost the game. We had lack of execution several times and our defense let up a few times, but the main thing that hurt us was our free throw shooting, hitting only 15 of 30.”

Men’s Game

Grand View jumped out to an early 7-2 lead and continued to increase their margin to 33-17 at the end of the first half.

The Saints (4-16, 0-6) , who are still looking for their first conference win, could not get anything going in the first half as they made just five of 17 field goal attempts (29 percent).

Travis Eversmeyer got the Saints on the board as he drove the lane to tie the game at 2. It was the only tie.

Aaron Thais led the Saints with 13 points. Thais hit three 3-pointers, one in the first half. Nick Lawrence (12 points) had a basket and two free throws in the first half.

The other Ashford scoring in the first half was Somori Mussington (10 points) with a bucket, Chaz Jones with a 3-pointer and Cash Bimm with a free throw.

The Saints finally got things going in the second half as they came up with a 18-10 run to cut the margin to 48-36.

Thais hit a pair of 3-pointers during the burst while Jones hit his second trey and Mussington added a basket.

The Vikings (12-9, 3-3 MCC) had three players in double figures, led by Jim Strand with 20 points.

“It was a slow, slow start for us. We really struggled,” Ashford men’s coach Andy Eberhart said. “We have to start finding a way to get some hot hands out on the court. We did a good job defensively, holding them down to 60 points, but we need to get our confidence back offensively.”

The Saints teams will be back in conference action Wednesday when they host William Penn in a women’s/men’s doubleheader, beginning with the women’s matchup at 5:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S GAME

GRAND VIEW (84)

Ashley Livingston 6-13 0-0 17, Jesi Barrett 3-10 0-0 7, Tanna Slings 11-16 7-8 29, Jodi Nikkel 7-11 1-2 15, Jody Iversen 3-7 5-7 11, Brandi Tuttle 2-5 1-2 5, Ashley Brown 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 32-68 14-19 84.

ASHFORD (78)

Kayla Mangler 4-14 1-2 12, Charity Turnbull 3-13 1-4 8, Megan Van Hyfte 4-10 3-5 11, Lindsey Miller 6-16 4-6 16, Megan Beelman 4-6 1-2 10, Tasha Glasgow 0-0 0-0 0, Meagan Jaeger 0-1 0-0 0, Wendy Milam 1-6 1-2 3, Jakki Alexander 7-12 4-9 18. Totals 29-78 15-30 78.

Halftime score—Ashford 26, GV 24. 3-point field goals—GV 6-19 (Livingston 5-10, Barrett 1-2, Brown 0-5, Tuttle 0-2); Ashford 5-22 (Mangler 3-8, Turnbull 1-9, Beelman 1-2, Milam 0-2, Jaeger 0-2). Rebounds—GV 42 (Slings 11, Iversen 11); Ashford 47 (Alexander 15). Assists—GV 19 (Barrett 11); Ashford 15 (Turnbull 8). Steals—GV 5 (Slings 3); Ashford 9 (Turnbull 4). Turnovers—GV 22, Ashford 14. Total fouls—GV 21, Ashford 21. Fouled out—GV (Livingston); Ashford (Van Hyfte, Miller).

Records—Grand View 8-14, 4-2 Midwest Classic Conference; Ashford 4-16, 0-6. Next game—William Penn at Ashford 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

MEN’S GAME

GRAND VIEW (67)

Brett Baumgart 0-0 1-2 1, Todd Lorensen 7-13 0-0 16, Reggie Hoegh 0-4 0-0 0, Marcus Thie 2-10 4-4 9, Jim Strand 7-8 6-10 20, Jamie Fitzgerald 0-0 0-0 0, Danny Neville 0-0 0-0 0, Pat Hoberg 5-10 0-1 13, Jake Moye 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Andersen 1-1 0-0 2, A.J. Spielman 0-1 0-0 0, Drew Aspenson 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Vice 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Meyer 1-2 2-2 4, Davis Dominique 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 23-51 15-21 67.

ASHFORD (50)

Aaron Thais 4-10 2-2 13, Travis Eversmeyer 2-9 0-1 4, Nick Lawrence 4-14 4-6 12, Somori Mussington 5-6 0-2 10, Cash Bimm 1-4 3-6 5, Patrick Steele 0-1 0-0 0, Chaz Jones 2-5 0-0 6, Ryan Hadra 0-1 0-0 0, Lucas Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Elie Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-50 9-17 50.

Halftime score—GV 33, Ashford 17. 3-point field goals—GV 6-19 (Hoberg 3-8, Lorensen 2-2, Thie 1-5, Hoegh 0-3); Ashford 5-19 (Thais 3-7, Jones 2-4, Eversmeyer 0-4, Lawrence 0-2, Bimm 0-1, Steele 0-1). Rebounds—GV 33 (Thie 8); Ashford 29 (Lawrence 7). Assists—GV 11 (Baumgart 3); Ashford 10 (Jones 4). Steals—GV 12 (Hoberg 4); Ashford 4 (Thais, Lawrence, Eversmeyer, Mussington). Turnovers—GV 11, Ashford 18. Total fouls—GV 16, Ashford 19.

Records—Grand View 12-9, 3-3 Midwest Classic Conference; Ashford 4-16, 0-6. Next game—William Penn at Ashford, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.