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Stats at a GlanceUICVALPO
FG Percentage.404 (21-52) .431 (22-51)
3P FG Percentage.250 (6-24) .450 (9-20)
FT Percentage.750 (18-24) .852 (23-27)
Offensive Rebounds72
Defensive Rebounds2627
Total Rebounds3329
Bench Points58
PointsOkani - 29
King - 24
ReboundsOkani - 11
Green - 7
AssistsJones - 7
Edwards - 7
StealsBrownell - 2
Edwards - 3
BlocksCarter - 1
Bayu - 2
Big Shots Late Lift Valpo Past UIC
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Big Shots Late Lift Valpo Past UIC
Nick Edwards made big plays down the stretch, including twice beating the shot clock buzzer.

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team hit big shots down the stretch, pulling away for a 76-66 victory over UIC on Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Nick Edwards twice beat the shot clock horn with a 3-pointer, Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) converted a 4-point play and Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Centrla [Wisconsin]) poured in a game-high 24 points to help the Beacons to their second straight victory.  

How It Happened

  • Valpo jumped out to a 9-4 lead, and eventually stretched the advantage to 14-6 on a 3 by Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) and 17-9 on an Edwards triple.
  • Valpo had a 19-12 lead at the 11:09 mark of the first half, but UIC ran off 10 straight points to grab a 22-19 lead with 6:59 to go in the half.
  • Barrett made another big 3 with 4:19 on the clock to make it 31-27. That helped the hosts enter the break ahead 36-33.
  • Valpo held a slight lead early in the second half, an advantage that was stretched to seven at the 15:14 mark after a triple by Green.
  • UIC put together a push to tie the game at 51 with 8:23 remaining.
  • Edwards stemmed the tide with an enormous triple to beat the shot-clock horn to give the Beacons a 54-51 lead with 6:55 on the clock.
  • With 5:27 remaining and Valpo clinging to a one-point lead, Green completed a four-point play to up the edge to five at 60-55.
  • Edwards again beat the shot clock at the 2:20 mark, this time building the lead to 65-60 on a Krikke assist. Valpo never looked back the rest of the way, with the final exclamation mark coming on an Edwards steal leading to a Krikke fastbreak layup to make it an 11-point game with 17 seconds to go.

Inside the Game

  • King tallied 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 8-of-8 at the free-throw line. This marked his second-straight game with 20 or more. This was his 20th straight game in double figures. It marked his highest scoring output since 26 on Nov. 13 vs. Western Michigan.
  • Krikke scored 16 points and went 8-of-10 at the free-throw line. He has scored 15 points or more in six straight. He dished out five assists, his fifth straight game with three or more helpers.
  • Edwards stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
  • Green tallied nine points and tied a season high with seven rebounds, his third game with seven boards this year.
  • Valpo shot 85.2 percent at the free-throw line (23-of-27), its highest percentage since Nov. 19 vs. Incarnate Word (20-23, 87 percent) and second highest of the season.
  • UIC’s Toby Okani had 29 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The Beacons held the Flames to 40.4 percent shooting, the team’s best field-goal percentage defense in conference play so far this season.
  • Valpo outscored UIC 25-15 over the final eight minutes.

Up Next

Valpo (8-12, 2-7 MVC) will seek a third straight win on Saturday night at Illinois State. The game will tip off at 6 p.m.