February 22, 20231st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceBRADVALPO
FG Percentage.470 (31-66) .462 (24-52)
3P FG Percentage.292 (7-24) .421 (8-19)
FT Percentage.583 (7-12) .769 (10-13)
Offensive Rebounds123
Defensive Rebounds2525
Total Rebounds3728
Bench Points3415
PointsMast - 18
Krikke - 17
ReboundsMast - 9
Edwards - 7
Green - 7
AssistsDeen - 5
Edwards - 8
StealsMontgomery - 2
Deen - 2
Hannah - 2
Edwards - 2
BlocksGreen - 1
Men’s Basketball Celebrates Seniors on Wednesday
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Men’s Basketball Celebrates Seniors on Wednesday
Five seniors were part of the Senior Night festivities on Wednesday.

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program recognized a quintet of seniors on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center prior to a 76-66 setback to Bradley in the home finale. Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place), Nick Edwards (Atlanta, Ga. / Grayson [Glenville State]), Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]), Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) and Luke Morrill (Lombard, Ill. / Montini) along with student manager Sam Back (North Judson, Ind. / North Judson) and cheer/dance seniors were celebrated as part of a pregame ceremony. Head coach Matt Lottich and the senior players addressed the crowd after the game.

How It Happened

  • Valpo raced out to a 9-2 lead in the early going, with Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton North) hitting a 3 at the 17:36 mark to extend the lead to seven.
  • Bradley responded with a 10-point run to jump ahead 12-9 by the 14-minute mark.
  • Valpo led by four at the 10:36 mark of the first half to make it 18-14. Bradley followed with a 9-0 run to grab a five-point lead and force a Valpo timeout with 7:19 on the clock.  
  • With 2:28 left in the first half, Bradley had its first double-figure lead of the day at 39-28, and the Braves had their largest lead at 42-30 when the game reached the halftime break. Bradley had 10 offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points in the opening half.
  • Bradley built the lead up to 15 early in the second half, but Valpo bit into the deficit and eventually slimmed the lead down to seven when Green hit a 3 at the 12:49 mark.  
  • The Beacons could get no closer, but did outscore the Braves 36-34 after the break.

Inside the Game

  • Krikke scored a team-high 17 points, while Green contributed 16 and knocked down four of his six 3-point attempts. Krikke reached double figures for the 18th straight game and has been in double figures in all 19 league contests.
  • King tallied 10 points, his 30th consecutive game with a double-figure scoring output. He shattered the program record for consecutive double-figure scoring outputs within the same season. Previously, Alec Peters (2016-17) and Javon Freeman-Liberty (2019-20) shared the program record for consecutive double-figure scoring outputs within the same year.
  • Krikke entered the program’s all-time top 10 for points in a single season on Wednesday. He finished the day with 584 points this year, climbing over fellow lefty Dan Oppland’s 2004-05 season (577) and Oppland’s 2005-06 season (573) to jump to ninth on the single-season scoring list.
  • Krikke moved into seventh on the program’s single-season made field goal list, upping his total to 229. He leapfrogged Javon Freeman-Liberty (2019-20, 227) and Alec Peters (2015-16, 223) on Wednesday.
  • Edwards gave out eight assists, climbing into the top 10 in single-season program history for assists. He surpassed Bryce Drew’s 1996-97 season (145) and Ali Berdiel’s 2002-03 season (146) to move into ninth in program history with 152 assists this season.
  • The starting lineup featured all five seniors who were recognized on Wednesday including Morrill, a walk-on who made his first collegiate start. This snapped a streak of Valpo having the same starting lineup in 14 consecutive games.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

Valpo (11-19, 5-14 MVC) will close out the regular season on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Murray State in Murray, Ky. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.