January 10, 20231st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceBELVALPO
FG Percentage.526 (30-57) .423 (22-52)
3P FG Percentage.350 (7-20) .267 (4-15)
FT Percentage.778 (7-9) .611 (11-18)
Offensive Rebounds57
Defensive Rebounds2424
Total Rebounds2931
Bench Points338
PointsGillespie - 15
King - 17
ReboundsFriberg - 6
Krikke - 8
AssistsGillespie - 6
Edwards - 9
StealsFriberg - 3
Green - 4
BlocksBrauns - 4
Krikke - 1
King Passes 1,000 Career Points on Tuesday vs. Belmont
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
King Passes 1,000 Career Points on Tuesday vs. Belmont
Kobe King scored his 1,000th career point in the second half on Tuesday.

Valparaiso University men’s basketball senior Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central) surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for his collegiate career in the second half of Tuesday’s game at the Athletics-Recreation Center. King reached the milestone as part of his game-high 17 points in a 74-59 setback to visiting Belmont.

How It Happened

  • Belmont jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but Valpo rattled off nine straight points to grab an 11-6 edge following a Nick Edwards (Atlanta, Ga. / Grayson [Glenville State]) basket on a Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) assist.
  • The Bruins held a 15-14 lead at the second media timeout, but Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton North) drilled a 3 with 10:41 left in the half to put the hosts back in front 17-15.
  • After the Nelson 3, Belmont scored 17 straight points to take a 32-17 lead with 5:12 left in the half. The Beacons battled back with a 7-0 run of their own late in the half, capped by an Ibra Bayu (Flevoland, The Netherlands / Perkiomen) dunk that whittled the lead to six with 13 seconds on the clock. The guests scored the final basket of the half to enter the locker room leading by eight.
  • At the 13:41 mark of the second half, King made his milestone basket to reach the 1,000-point threshold. He was recognized with a nice ovation during the next media timeout.
  • The lead fluctuated between seven and 12 early in the second half, but Belmont eventually pushed the gap to 16 with 12:08 on the clock.
  • The two teams played close to even the rest of the way with Valpo getting no closer than 12 and eventually falling by 15.

Inside the Game

  • King was joined in double figures by Krikke, who tallied 15 points. Krikke has scored 15 or more in 14 of his 18 appearances this season.
  • Krikke advanced another place on the program’s all-time scoring list, passing Chuck Kriston (1960-63; 1,287) for 18th.
  • King was in double figures yet again as he has scored 10 or more points in all 18 games this season.
  • King became the third person currently involved with Valpo’s program to score his 1,000th collegiate point with the Brown & Gold, joining Krikke and current graduate assistant Tevonn Walker.
  • Edwards stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, nine assists and four rebounds. That marked his high for assists in a Missouri Valley Conference game.
  • Sixth-year senior Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) continued his recent thievery, tying a career high with four steals. Green has three or more steals in each of his last three games and has 11 total steals in that span – over doubling his season total after he had 10 total steals over the first 15 games.

Postgame Comments

Click here for postgame press conference.

Up Next

Valpo (6-12, 0-7 MVC) will visit Evansville on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.