Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness following his 30-point effort in the Crusaders' win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Peters also was tabbed league Freshman of the Week by the league office for the third time this year.
Peters posted an efficient offensive performance, going 9-of-16 from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and 8-of-9 from the foul line for his 30 points on Saturday. 13 of Peters' points came in the first half, nearly half of Valpo's first-half tally as he helped keep the Crusaders in the game. Then, the rookie scored 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second half to help Valpo rally from its 10-point halftime deficit. Peters also tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds as well.
For Peters, it was his second 30-point scoring output of the year, making him just the fifth Crusader in the last 18 years to score at least 30 points on multiple occasions. Peters is the only one of that group (Bryce Drew, Dan Oppland, Brandon Wood, Cory Johnson) to do so as a freshman as well. Peters and the rest of the Crusaders return to action this weekend at the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic, kicking off against Southeastern at 5:30 p.m. CT Saturday evening.