Freshman Kaspar Sepp (Tartu, Estonia / Fairmont Academy) continued a breakout week by registering his first double-figure scoring output and sophomore Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral also provided a scoring lift, but the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team fell 71-50 on Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will take the court one final time prior to final exams as the Beacons make their way to Virginia Tech to take on the Hokies. This marks the team’s third straight game on the road and the final trip prior to the Christmas holiday. After Saturday’s game, Valpo will not play again until Saturday, Dec. 16 vs. Chicago State and will not hit the road again until Friday, Dec. 29 at Elon.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team showed grit and fight throughout the second half on Wednesday night at Central Michigan, whittling what had been a 22-point deficit all the way down to three with nine seconds to go in an eventual 71-67 loss to the host Chippewas in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) poured in a team-high 23 points, while Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase [Golden State Prep]) provided a bench boost with a career-best 13.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will continue a stretch of three straight games away from the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday night as the middle game of the road-heavy stretch takes the Beacons to Mount Pleasant, Mich. for a matchup with Central Michigan. After playing the first two Missouri Valley Conference contests of 2023-24 last week, the Beacons will step outside of league play for the last five nonconference games of the season to close out the calendar year.
Belmont started the game red hot from 3-point territory, hitting three 3-pointers over the game’s first 90 seconds to jump out to an immediate 9-0 lead on Saturday afternoon at the Curb Event Center in Nashville, Tenn. The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team went toe-to-toe the rest of the way in a road Missouri Valley Conference contest, matching the Bruins 68-68 over the game’s final 38:30 of a 77-68 win for the hosts. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) poured in a game-high 21 points, while Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) tallied up a career-high 18.
After starting the season with six of its first seven games within the confines of the Athletics-Recreation Center, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will keep the travel bags handy for an upcoming nine-day stretch that features three games away from home on three separate trips to three different states. The Beacons will start that stretch with their first road Missouri Valley Conference game of the season on Saturday at Belmont before stepping outside of league play for the final five nonconference games including two on the road next week.
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led for much of the first half, but preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite and defending league champion Drake utilized a strong second half to beat the Beacons 83-65 in the league opener for both teams, a game that was closer than the final score would indicate. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) paced the Brown & Gold with 20 points.
Head coach Roger Powell Jr. joined Brandon Vickrey for Valpo Basketball Weekly presented by Lakeshore Bone & Joint. They talk about the play of MVC Freshman of the Week Cooper Schwieger, Ola Ajiboye's big night and the team's 2-0 week. Plus, they preview Wednesday's MVC opener vs. Drake.
For the second consecutive week, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program received recognition from the Missouri Valley Conference office, this time in the form of Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) being named the league’s Freshman of the Week.