The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team suffered its first non-league home defeat in over two years Thursday night at the ARC, as the Crusaders fell to visiting Santa Clara in double overtime, 87-80.
How It Happened
- Santa Clara scored the first basket of double overtime and the two teams then went scoreless for the next two-plus minutes. The Crusaders got baskets from Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Shane Hammink (Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands/Oakley College [LSU]) to even the score twice, but both times, the Broncos’ Jared Brownridge drove inside for layups to regain the lead.
- A missed 3-pointer for the Crusaders gave Santa Clara the ball with a two-point lead and less than a minute to play, and the Broncos converted two free throws with 28 seconds remaining to push the lead to four points. Hammink drove coast-to-coast to cut the deficit to 82-80 four seconds later.
- Another foul resulted in two more free throws for Santa Clara, and then a turnover on the inbounds pass led to two more points for the Broncos with 21 seconds to go. The Crusaders would miss their final three field goal attempts as Santa Clara closed out the win.
- Tevonn Walker (Montreal, Quebec/Vanier College) hit two free throws early in the first overtime, but Valpo would go scoreless for over three minutes, until a driving layup from Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) tied the game at 74-74. A miss by the Broncos with 31 seconds to go in the first extra period gave Valpo the ball with the chance to win the game, but Peters’ 3-point attempt was off the mark.
- A layup by Hammink with 5:21 to play in regulation gave Valpo a five-point lead at 68-63, but the Crusaders would score just two points the rest of the way, courtesy of another Hammink basket at the 2:52 mark. The latter returned the lead to Valpo’s side of the ledger, 70-68, but Santa Clara equalized on a Nate Kratch jumper with 1:38 remaining.
- Both teams turned the ball over inside of the final minute, giving the Broncos a chance to earn the win in regulation, but Brownridge could not connect on his last-second 3-point attempt as the game went into overtime.
- Peters scored 24 second-half points to help the Crusaders overcome a five-point halftime deficit. Back-to-back 3-pointers by the senior gave Valpo a 51-48 lead with 12:46 to play, and after Santa Clara had rallied to take a 58-56 lead with 8:55 remaining, Peters scored 10 straight Crusader points as Valpo went ahead 66-61 with 6:02 to go.
- Led by Brownridge’s four 3-pointers, Santa Clara went 8-of-12 from behind the 3-point line in the opening 20 minutes to take a 38-33 lead into the halftime break.
Inside the Game
- The loss was Valpo’s first at the ARC in its last 12 home games, as the Crusaders last dropped a home game to Wright State on Feb. 13 of this year.
- The Crusaders had a streak of 20 consecutive non-league home victories snapped. Valpo’s last home loss outside of league play came to New Mexico in December of 2014.
- The game was Valpo’s first overtime affair at the ARC since falling to Mercer in November of 2013.
- Peters matched his season high with 35 points and played a career-high 50 minutes, not coming off the floor for a single season. The senior was 12-of-28 from the floor and made a season-best six 3-pointers. He also grabbed 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year.
- Peters ended the night with 1,999 career points – just one point shy of being the second player in program history to reach the 2,000 career point milestone.
- Hammink joined Peters in playing the entire 50 minutes on Thursday night. The senior matched his career high for the third time this season by scoring 23 points, doing so on 8-of-12 shooting.
- Williams went 4-for-5 from the floor for the Crusaders, finishing with nine points and five rebounds.
- The Crusaders were limited to just four second-chance points on six offensive rebounds and four bench points.
- Brownridge led Santa Clara (6-7) with 30 points, finishing with six 3-point makes. He also pulled down five rebounds and handed out five assists.
- Matt Hauser added 17 points and six assists, while Kratch tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Broncos finished the game 12-of-28 from the 3-point line.
The Crusaders (9-3) will return to the ARC following Christmas as they host Chicago State next Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN3, WatchESPN and the ESPN app, and heard live on the Valpo Sports Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WVLP, 103.1 FM, Valparaiso). Links for the live coverage will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.