The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team incurred a 92-65 setback on Wednesday night at the McLeod Center in Cedar Fall, Iowa. Valpo was led by Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) with 17 points on a night where the Panthers shot at a 59.7 percent clip behind a game-high 20 points from Noah Carter and 17 from Trae Berhow.
How It Happened
- The Panthers scored the game’s first eight points including a pair of early triples by Berhow. By the time the game was three minutes old, UNI was up 11-2 after Tywhon Pickford had knocked in the team’s third 3 of the game.
- Valpo trailed 17-10 midway through the half, then UNI went on a 12-0 run while holding the guests without a point for five minutes to build up a 29-10 advantage.
- By the time the first half ended, UNI held a 43-22 lead and owned a 22-2 advantage in the paint and a 20-2 edge on points off turnovers.
- Valpo shot 50 percent in the second half but the Panthers continued their offensive success and hit at a 61.3 percent clip after halftime. UNI outscored Valpo 49-43 over the game’s final 20 minutes.
Inside the Game
- Taylor’s 17 points were one shy of his season-high 18, which occurred on Dec. 20 vs. Eastern Michigan. He has scored 15 points or more in three of his last four games.
- Taylor extended his streak of consecutive games with a made 3 to 78 by going 3-for-4 from distance as part of a 5-for-8 shooting day. He has hit multiple 3s in six consecutive contests.
- Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) hauled in a career-high nine rebounds to pace the team on the boards. That topped his previous personal best of seven vs. Eastern Michigan on Dec. 20 of this season. He also scored 14 points, the fifth time in his six Valpo games that he’s scored a dozen or more.
- Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy} swiped three steals, his second straight game with three and his third time this season reaching that number.
- Valpo shot 81 percent at the free-throw line, making 17 of its 21 attempts. The 17 made free throws were the team’s second-highest total of the season (18 on Nov. 22 vs. Jacksonville State).
- The Beacons uncharacteristically made 18 turnovers, one shy of a season-high 19 on Nov. 17 at Stanford. This snapped a streak of eight straight games where Valpo won the turnover battle, the program’s longest such streak in the last 28 seasons.
- Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) had a season-high four assists, tying a career high with his fourth career four-helper performance.
Valpo (8-7, 1-2) will host Southern Illinois on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center. To purchase tickets, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and the Valpo Sports Network.