Valpo faces Loyola-Chicago in MVC quarters
Valparaiso (15-17, 8-11) vs. No. 1 seed Loyola of Chicago (19-12, 12-6)
Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Friday, 1 p.m. EST
Valparaiso routs Indiana St. 77-55 in MVC tourney
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Javon Freeman-Liberty had 17 points and seven rebounds and Markus Golder posted 18 points as Valparaiso rolled past Indiana State 77-55 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tourney...
Smits leads Valparaiso past Northern Iowa 75-66
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Derrik Smits finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and Valparaiso turned back Northern Iowa 75-66 on Saturday.
Freeman has 17 points, leads Valparaiso over Bradley 61-50
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Javon Freeman scored 17 points and Valparaiso cruised to a 61-50 victory over Bradley on Tuesday night for its fourth straight win.
Freeman's dunk at the 6:50 mark of the first half gave the Crusaders a double-digit lead they held for most of the game. An 8-0 surge, capped by a dunk and 3-pointer from Luuk van Bree, pulled Bradley to 50-45 with 2:43 remaining. Bakari Evelyn answered with a 3 and Freeman added two dunks as Valparaiso closed on an 11-5 run.
Big 1st half carries Valparaiso past Missouri State, 82-66
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Fazekas scored 18 points and Valparaiso used a big first half to roll past Missouri State, 82-66 and pick up a Missouri Valley Conference victory on the road Saturday afternoon.
Valpo needed a running, 50-foot buzzer beater to get past Illinois State in its conference opener, but wasted no time taking charge against the Bears, rolling to a 46-24 advantage by intermission.
Mekowulu, Mahan score 20; Texas A&M cruises past Valpo 71-49
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M is leaning more and more on a couple of transfers to lead the way in a season of transition. Christian Mekowulu and Brandon Mahan each scored 20 points as A&M defeated Valparaiso 71-49 on Wednesday night.
The Aggies (5-4) held a 16-point lead at halftime and the Crusaders (6-6) trailed by double digits the rest of the way, in an anticlimactic second half. Bakari Evelyn led Valpo with 10 points, the lone Crusader to score in double figures.
Evely, Fazekas lift Valparaiso over George Washington 82-79
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bakari Evelyn scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting with a career-high six 3-pointers, Ryan Fazekas scored a go-ahead 3, and Valparaiso beat George Washington 82-79 on Saturday.
Kamga buzzer-beater gets High Point past Valparaiso, 55-53
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Brandon Kamga hit a jumper with a second left to give High Point a 55-53 win at Valparaiso on Tuesday night.
The Panthers bounced back from a 70-69 loss at Eastern Kentucky on a last-second 3-pointer Saturday.
Smits, Golder lift Valpo past UC Riverside 82-73
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Derrik Smits scored 18 points with six rebounds and Markus Golder scored 16 and Valparaiso beat UC Riverside 82-73 on Sunday.
Valparaiso (5-3) has won three of its last four and has scored at least 72 points in those games.
Smits leads Valparaiso past UNLV 72-64
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Derrik Smits scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and Valparaiso beat UNLV 72-64 on Wednesday night.
Smits was 8 of 16 from the field for the Crusaders (4-3). Bakari Evelyn added 13 points, five assists and four steals before fouling out and Markus Golder had 10 points.
Valparaiso had 13 steals contributing to 25 UNLV turnovers.
Valparaiso shuts down SIU-Edwardsville in overtime, 75-70
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Bakari Evelyn hit a jumper with 11 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Valparaiso limited SIU-Edwardsville to just two points in the extra period to post a 75-70 victory Wednesday night.
The Crusaders bounced back from a 69-63 loss to Wake Forest to win their third game in five starts.
Freeman guides Valparaiso past Concordia ILL 121-65
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Javon Freeman tossed in 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the floor to lead six players in double figures and added four assists and three steals to propel Valparaiso to a lop-sided 121-65 victory over Division III-member Concordia (Illinois) on Tuesday night.
Haldeman’s late 3 helps Northern Iowa hold off Valparaiso
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Spencer Haldeman drained a late trey to give Northern Iowa enough cushion to hold off Valparaiso 68-63 on Tuesday night.
Haldeman's 3-pointer with 47 seconds left gave the Panthers a 62-56 lead. Tevonn Walker answered with a 3 for Valparaiso to close to 62-59. Haldeman then made two free throws and Bennett Koch finished the scoring with four straight free throws.
Golder rallies Valparaiso late to 77-64 win over Bradley
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Markus Golder scored all of his 16 points in the second half and Valparaiso rallied late to beat Bradley 77-64 on Saturday night.
Pippen, Fletcher carry SIU past Valparaiso 65-59
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Kavion Pippen scored 21 points and Armon Fletcher's go-ahead 3-pointer from the left baseline helped propel Southern Illinois to a 65-59 win over Valparaiso on Saturday night.
Evelyn scores 20, Valparaiso beats Indiana State 69-63
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Bakari Evelyn scored 20 points and Valparaiso snapped a five-game slide, beating Indiana State 69-63 on Wednesday night.
The Crusaders (12-12, 3-8 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed 54-52 late in the second half when Markus Golder hit a 3-pointer and Max Joseph a dunk to give them the lead for good, 57-54, with 3:56 to go. Indiana State cut it to 65-63 with 30 seconds remaining, but a Tevonn Walker dunk with six seconds left helped seal the win.
Fayne ties career-high 24, Illinois State beats Valpo 76-65
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Phil Fayne tied his career high with 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine boards to help Illinois State beat Valparaiso 76-65 on Saturday night.
Milik Yarbrough added 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Redbirds (11-11, 5-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Keyshawn Evans had three 3-pointers and scored 17.
Smith with 23 points, Evansville downs Valparaiso 75-65
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Dru Smith scored 23 points with six rebounds, four assists and Evansville downed Valparaiso 75-65 on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game skid.
Ryan Taylor added 22 points and five rebounds and K.J. Riley chipped in 10 points for the Purple Aces (13-9, 3-6 Missouri Valley Conference) who had a 42-34 rebounding edge over Valparaiso.
Loyola-Chicago peels away from Valpo for 70-54 win
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Clayton Custer scored 18 points with five assists and four steals and Loyola-Chicago pulled away from Valparaiso in the second half for a 70-54 win on Sunday.
Aundre Jackson added 12 points, Donte Ingram 11 and Cameron Krutwig 10. Ingram and Krutwig each had seven rebounds. Loyola-Chicago (16-4, 6-2 Missouri Valley) protected the ball with 16 assists on 27 made shots and committed just eight turnovers.
Walker’s 26 points help Valparaiso beat Drake 77-60
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tevonn Walker scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds as Valparaiso ended Drake's five-game win streak with a 77-60 victory Wednesday night.
Walker, Max Joseph and Bakari Evelyn combined to make eight 3-pointers, and Derrik Smits had two dunks, in an explosive first half for the Crusaders (11-7, 2-3 Missouri Valley Conference) that gave them a 46-35 lead at intermission.
Joseph, Sorolla lead Valpo past Southern Illinois 83-72
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Max Joseph and Jaume Sorolla scored 17 points apiece, both career highs, to lead Valparaiso to an 83-72 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Bakari Evelyn hit 4 of 5 3-pointers and added 14 points for the Crusaders (10-7, 1-3 Missouri Valley Conference). Markus Golder added 13 and Derrik Smits 11.
Armon Fletcher had a career-high 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (10-7, 2-2) and Kavion Pippen scored 14 points.
Indiana State holds off Valparaiso in MVC opener
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Jordan Barnes buried 4 of 5 from 3-point range and scored 18 with five rebounds, three assists and two steals to propel Indiana State to a 73-64 victory over Valparaiso on Thursday night in a Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Brenton Scott tossed in 15 points and Qiydar Davis chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Sycamores (6-7), who trailed 30-27 at halftime.
Persons’ last-second 3 lifts Ball St over Valparaiso 71-70
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Tayler Persons scored 23 points, including seven straight down the stretch and the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left, and Ball State beat Valparaiso 71-70 on Saturday to win its fifth straight.
The Crusaders regained the lead 60-56 after an 11-2 run capped by Bakari Evelyn's 3-pointer, but the Cardinals led 68-67 on Persons' jumper with 2:08 to go.
Valparaiso remains undefeated, beats Utah State 72-65
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tevonn Walker scored 25 points and Valparaiso beat Utah State 72-65 on Tuesday night to remain undefeated.
Walker was 10-of-17 shooting and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Jaume Sorolla added 16 points and Bakari Evelyn chipped in 10 points for Valparaiso (8-0), which is off to its third-best program start.
Sam Merrill scored 19 points to lead Utah State (4-4), which had its two-game win streak snapped and is 0-4 on the road. Daron Henson added 10 points.
Evelyn’s 30 points lead Valpo past UNC Wilmington, 79-70
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Bakari Evelyn had a career-high 30 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Tevonn Walker scored seven of his 16 points in the final 48 seconds to help Valparaiso beat UNC Wilmington 79-70 on Saturday night at the Savannah Invitational.
Evelyn, who transferred from Nebraska, hit 3 of 4 from 3-point range and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line and grabbed eight rebounds.
Valpo (7-0) won its first seven games for the first time since the 1966-67 season.
Valpo beats Kent State 77-67 for 6th straight victory
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Tevonn Walker scored 19 points, Bakari Evelyn had 13 points and seven assists, and Valparaiso beat Kent State 77-67 on Friday night for its sixth straight win.
Valpo is off to its best start since the 1966-67 squad won seven in a row. The Crusaders play UNC Wilmington on Saturday.
Burton leads Valpo to commanding 83-50 win over SE Louisiana
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Joe Burton scored 18 points and missed just three of 11 shot attempts, Bakari Evelyn scored 14 points and Valparaiso drubbed Southeastern Louisiana 83-50 on Sunday.
Derrik Smits made all six of his shots and finished with 12 points and collected six rebounds for Valparaiso.
Valparaiso passes road test at SIU-Edwardsville, 94-69
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Tevonn Walker posted 22 points and collected four steals as Valparaiso passed its first road test of the season, knocking off SIU-Edwardsville, 94-69 on Wednesday night.
The game was the Crusaders' lone true road game until December 7.
Walker, Golder help Valparaiso beat NAIA Trinity Christian
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tevonn Walker scored 18 points and Markus Golder added 17 to help Valparaiso beat NAIA Trinity Christian 83-46 on Monday night.
Golder made 6 of 9 from the field and Derrik Smits had 10 points, on 5-of-5 shooting, and eight rebounds for Valparaiso (2-0).