Following a pair of tremendous scoring outputs over the weekend, sophomore forward Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week. Peters receives the league’s weekly award for the second time this year, while he was also named league Player of the Week by College Sports Madness – his third weekly honor from CSM – in helping Valparaiso to a pair of wins.
Peters was held scoreless in the first half Saturday at IPFW in nine foul-plagued minutes, but scored just seven seconds into the second half, setting off a stretch of three stellar halves of basketball for the sophomore. Peters went 8-of-13 from the field in the second half against the Mastodons and hit four 3-pointers, scoring 23 points to help Valpo rally from a nine-point halftime deficit for a 75-72 win. 13 of Peters’ points came in the final 7:34 of the victory.
Peters then started hot the next afternoon against Goshen, scoring 13 points inside the game’s first five minutes and adding 16 second-half points as he finished with 29 points in just 21 minutes of play. The sophomore matched his career high with ten field goals made, going 10-of-17 from the floor and hitting four more 3-pointers as the Crusaders cruised to the win.
For the week, Peters averaged 26 points per game on 58.1% shooting from the field and 53.3% from the 3-point line. He also posted 4.5 rebounds per game as well in the pair of wins. Peters scored all 52 of his points over the final three halves of basketball, playing just 39 minutes total over those three periods. In a span of 12 minutes and 20 seconds spanning the two games, starting with 7:34 to play at IPFW, Peters poured in 26 points. On the year, Peters is averaging 19 points per game – good for second in the league – leads the league in 3-point percentage (.506) and ranks third in field goal percentage (.541).
Peters and the rest of the Crusaders return to action Monday, Dec. 29 as they travel to James Madison.