The past met the present in all the right ways on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program will recognize the man who laid the foundation for the program’s tradition of excellence prior to Sunday’s game against Central Michigan at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The day is dedicated to celebrating legendary head coach Homer Drew’s recent enshrinement into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. A banner to commemorate the high honor will be unveiled and raised during a pregame ceremony that will begin shortly after 12:35 p.m. When the game gets going, Valpo will face off with another quality Mid-American Conference foe as Central Michigan makes its way to Northwest Indiana.
The Valparaiso University Athletic Department has announced details for Sunday’s celebration of legendary Valpo basketball coach Homer Drew’s recent enshrinement into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
After facing a 10-point halftime deficit and trailing by as many as 12, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team made its patented second-half comeback to take a late six-point lead on host Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night at the EMU Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. But the effort fell short this time as the Eagles prevailed 85-79 despite a 28-point, five-steal performance by sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young).
For the second time in a three-week span, Valparaiso University sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) has garnered the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week award.
Following a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday and a few days of practice, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will hit the road again on Monday in advance of Tuesday’s date with Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti. After finishing the month of November with a winning record for the 10th consecutive season, Valpo will face the Eagles for the first time since 2010 to tip off the December slate.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball players had their mental focus put to the test on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, taking the court after a late-night return that capped a full Tuesday of travel back from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Head coach Matt Lottich’s team passed that test with flying colors, dispatching visiting Trinity Christian College 98-71 with five players finishing in double figures and the team handing out 29 assists.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play its fourth and final game of the Paradise Jam multi-team event on Wednesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. After playing the first three games of the MTE in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Valpo returns to the contiguous United States for a non-bracketed Paradise Jam game against Trinity Christian, the final contest before a few days off for Thanksgiving. This game counts as an exhibition for Trinity Christian but a regular season game for Valpo.
After pacing his team through three games at the Paradise Jam this week, Valparaiso University men’s basketball sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team following Monday’s championship game.