Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named Horizon League Player of the Week, both by the league office and by College Sports Madness, after leading the Crusaders to a 3-0 mark last week.
Peters started the week with a 14-point effort in just 17 minutes of playing time as the Crusaders rolled to a 91-55 win over IU South Bend. The sophomore then served as a zone-buster in Valpo’s 59-46 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday at the Central Michigan Tournament, going 8-of-19 from inside the 3-point line as he consistently found the soft spots in the Lions’ defense in a 19-point, seven-rebound game.
Peters saved his best for last, however, as Sunday morning against Maine, he poured in a career-best 31 points in just 21 minutes of play in the 93-70 victory. Peters scored 22 of his points in the first half, helping stake Valpo to a 25-point halftime advantage, and ended the game 9-of-13 from the floor (4-of-6 from 3-point range) and a career-best 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Peters became just the third Crusader in the last two decades with three or more 30-point games in his career, joining Bryce Drew and Brandon Wood.
For the week, Peters averaged 21.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 69.7% (23-of-33) from the field, 50% (7-of-14) from the 3-point line and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the foul line. Peters and the rest of the Crusaders return to action this weekend at the Challenge in Music City.