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Attempted Rally Comes Up Short Wednesday
Alec Peters scored a Valpo season-best 30 points Wednesday.
Alec Peters scored a Valpo season-best 30 points Wednesday.
Valparaiso (2-3)
at
Evansville (4-0)
11/20/2013 | Ford Center, Evansville, Ind. | Attendance: 4018
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso306292
Evansville5545100
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUE
FG Percentage.614 (35-57) .611 (33-54)
3P FG Percentage.480 (12-25) .750 (9-12)
FT Percentage.667 (10-15) .735 (25-34)
Offensive Rebounds88
Defensive Rebounds1617
Total Rebounds2425
Turnovers159
Steals46
Bench Points1821
Statistical LeadersVALPOUE
PointsPETERS - 30
Balentine - 32
ReboundsGUEYE - 4
TEAM - 4
Gibson - 6
Sawvell - 6
AssistsADEKOYA - 6
Gibson - 10
StealsADEKOYA - 1
PETERS - 1
DORITY - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
Gibson - 2
Brown - 2
BlocksGUEYE - 4
Simmons - 2

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A 30-point performance from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) wasn’t enough for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team to complete a comeback from a 27-point deficit Wednesday night, as the Crusaders fell by a 100-92 final at Evansville.

Peters ended the night 10-of-15 from the field, including a 7-of-11 effort from behind the 3-point line.  The seven 3-pointers were the most by a Crusader in a single game since Ryan Broekhoff connected on seven triples last season at Milwaukee.  The 30-point night ended a tumultuous 3-day span for Peters, who learned his hometown had been devastated by Sunday’s tornadoes shortly after the Crusaders’ loss at Ohio and proceeded to return home on Monday to assist in recovery efforts.

Trailing by 25 at the half, the Crusaders surrendered the first basket of the second half, and still faced a 27-point deficit at 65-38 with 16:53 to play following a 3-pointer by the Purple Aces.  Valpo proceeded to make its first push at getting back into the ballgame, putting together a 16-2 run over the next five minutes to cut the deficit to 13 points.  Jordan Coleman (N. Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas [Southwestern Ill. College/Hawai’i]) and Clay Yeo (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) both scored five points during the spurt, the latter capping it with a triple and a fast-break layup.

Evansville would respond with the next nine points to push its lead back to 22 points at 76-54 with less than nine minutes to play, as Valpo went scoreless for a four-minute stretch.  But a layup from Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) snapped the skid and propelled the Crusaders on another run.  Peters connected on a pair of 3-pointers and also had an old-fashioned 3-point play, while a fast-break dunk from Coleman forced a timeout from the Aces as the 15-5 run brought Valpo within 81-69 with five minutes remaining.

Evansville’s D.J. Balentine hit a pair of free throws to briefly stop the Crusader momentum, but two trips later Peters connected on a 3-pointer.  Then, following a pair of misses from the charity stripe by the Aces, the rookie from Washington nailed another triple to make it an 83-75 game with 3:33 to go, the first time the Crusaders had been within single digits since 10 minutes into the game.

The Purple Aces scored the next five to push their lead back to 13 points, but LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) hit a 3-pointer of his own and then answered a pair of free throws with a driving layup with 1:41 to play.  Evansville split two free throws on its next trip, and again Peters stepped up, hitting his seventh 3-pointer to make it 91-83. 

Dority then came up with a big defensive play, stealing the ball at halfcourt and getting fouled, converting two free throws with 1:13 to go, making it a six-point game.  But the Crusaders were unable to make it any closer than a six-point game down the stretch, despite twice closing back to within six on two more Dority free throws and a 3-pointer from Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]), as Evansville went 9-of-12 from the foul line over the final 73 seconds.

For the third consecutive game, Valpo faced a double-digit deficit early in the game, as back-to-back layups by Jaylon Moore gave Evansville a 16-6 lead just 5:36 after the opening tip.  Then, over the final 10 minutes of the half, the Purple Aces had separate runs of 15-4 and 16-4 as they went into the locker room with a 55-30 lead.

Two other Crusaders joined Peters in double figures on Wednesday, as Dority scored 17 points and Coleman added 12 points.  Valpo was very effective on the offensive end against the Purple Aces, connecting on 61.4% (35-of-57) from the field, including a 12-of-25 effort from 3-point range.  Adekoya picked up a team-high six assists despite playing just 14 second-half minutes, while Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/SEED Academy [Alabama/Lake Land (Ill.) College]) picked up four of the Crusaders’ seven blocked shots.

For as effective as the Crusaders were offensively, Evansville (4-0) was even more so, hitting 61.1% (33-of-54) from the floor and 75% (9-of-12) from 3-point range.  The Purple Aces also took advantage of 34 trips to the foul line, hitting 25, as compared to 10-of-15 for Valpo.  Balentine led all players with 32 points to lead five Evansville players in double figures.  Duane Gibson finished the night with a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists as well.

Valparaiso (2-3) returns home for a four-game homestand, beginning on Saturday afternoon against 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier James Madison.  Tipoff is slated for 2:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network or seen live on the Horizon League Network.  Links for the live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay