08, 20191st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
Stats at a GlanceVAL-MCAR-M
FG Percentage.395 (34-86) .367 (29-79)
3P FG Percentage.350 (14-40) .276 (8-29)
FT Percentage.250 (1-4) .583 (14-24)
Offensive Rebounds1615
Defensive Rebounds3833
Total Rebounds5448
Bench Points1528
PointsJavon Freeman - 23
Munis Tutu - 18
ReboundsDonovan Clay - 8
John Kiser - 8
Nick Robinson - 8
Elie Karojo - 10
AssistsJavon Freeman - 4
Munis Tutu - 5
StealsJavon Freeman - 3
Lloyd Panadi - 3
BlocksNick Robinson - 3
Ben Krikke - 3
Munis Tutu - 1
Marcus Anderson - 1
Lloyd Panadi - 1
Isiah Osborne - 1
Sackey Hits Buzzer-Beater in Native Land, Propels Valpo to OT Victory Over Carleton
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Sackey Hits Buzzer-Beater in Native Land, Propels Valpo to OT Victory Over Carleton
Daniel Sackey hit a buzzer-beater to help Valpo knock off Carleton on Tuesday.

The calendar may say August, but the madness of March came early on Tuesday night in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  

As a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Daniel Sackey (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada / Thornlea) swished through the net, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team erupted in celebration after an entertaining 83-80 overtime victory over Carleton. The sophomore’s shot lifted Valpo to victory in his home country, beating a Carleton team that is coming off its 14th U Sports national championship. The game-ending play checked in at No. 9 on SportsCenter’s “Top 10 Plays” on the 9 p.m. CT edition on Tuesday night on ESPN.

Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) led four Valpo players in double figures with 23 points, while Nick Robinson (Chicago, Ill. / Kenwood [Saint Joseph’s]) contributed an efficient 14 on 5-of-7 shooting (4-of-5 from 3) and Sackey and Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) accrued 13 points apiece. Robinson, Donovan Clay (Alton, Ill. / Alton) and John Kiser (Noblesville, Ind. / Noblesville) shared the team lead in rebounds with eight each, while Freeman-Liberty handed out four assists.

Albeit in a summer international exhibition, Sackey’s shot was the latest in a long line of Valpo buzzer-beaters, continuing a special association between the program and the sport’s signature moment. The shot was set up by a frenetic sequence that saw Valpo steal a baseline inbounds pass and miss a foul-line jumper before again jarring the ball free for a second straight backcourt steal. This time the ball bounced perfectly into the hands of Sackey, who drained an off-balance triple from beyond the top of the key as the horn sounded.

Valpo jumped out to an 18-14 lead through 10 minutes before a strong second quarter propelled the team to a 37-28 halftime edge. Freeman-Liberty had already entered double figures by the break as he led all scorers with 11. The Valpo advantage was 61-57 going to the fourth, but the Ravens came back to tie it at 71 by the end of regulation.

Valpo made 14 3-pointers in the game and held a 54-48 edge on the glass. The victory came over a program that defeated Valpo 77-59 four years ago during the team’s 2015 trip north of the border. That 2015-2016 squad went on to finish 30-7 and reach the championship game of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.

The win over the Canadian powerhouse allowed Valpo to improve its Foreign Tour record to 3-0 entering the final game of the trip, which will occur on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT at the University of Quebec in Montreal.


Carleton vs. NCAA 
Aug. 7, 2019 - W 78-69 vs. USF 
Aug. 14, 2018 - W 98-55 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore 
Aug. 12, 2018 - W 83-64 vs. South Dakota State 
Aug. 10, 2018 - W 113-51 vs. South Dakota State 
Aug. 8, 2018 - W 81-63 vs. Ole Miss 
Aug. 7, 2018 - W 86-67 vs. Cincinnati 
Oct. 28, 2017 - W 77-67 vs. Providence 
Aug. 27, 2017 - W 89-55 vs. St. Francis Brooklyn 
Aug. 25, 2017 - W 70-66 vs. Northeastern 
Aug. 23, 2017 - W 77-65 vs. Canisius 
Aug. 22, 2017 - W 87-60 vs. New Hampshire 
Aug. 17, 2017 - W 81-74 vs. Vanderbilt 
Aug. 15, 2017 - W 89-79 vs. Northern Colorado 
Aug. 14, 2017 - W 61-56 vs. Vanderbilt 
Aug. 9, 2017 - W 84-71 vs. Alabama