November 19, 20221st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceUIWVALPO
FG Percentage.424 (25-59) .404 (21-52)
3P FG Percentage.455 (10-22) .261 (6-23)
FT Percentage.571 (4-7) .870 (20-23)
Offensive Rebounds97
Defensive Rebounds2526
Total Rebounds3433
Bench Points209
PointsGriscti - 14
Krikke - 22
ReboundsTEAM - 6
Palm - 8
AssistsCisse - 5
DeAveiro - 4
King - 4
StealsYoder - 2
Miller - 2
Green - 2
King - 2
BlocksYoder - 1
Green - 1
Valpo Defeats Incarnate Word on Saturday
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Valpo Defeats Incarnate Word on Saturday
Maximus Nelson had one of Valpo's six dunks on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team moved to 2-0 at home by besting Incarnate Word 68-64 on Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. After being recognized for surpassing 1,000 career points in a pregame ceremony, Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) poured in a team-high 22 to help the Beacons fend off the Cardinals.

How It Happened

  • Incarnate Word took an early 5-2 lead, but Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) and Krikke hit consecutive triples to vault Valpo ahead 8-5.
  • A fastbreak dunk by Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse [Wisconsin]) stretched the early edge to seven at 12-5 with 12:22 to go in the first.
  • The Cardinals went on a 10-0 run to flip a 14-8 deficit into an 18-14 lead at the 7:42 mark.
  • The lead went back and forth for the remainder of the half, with three free throws over the final two minutes eventually inching the Beacons ahead 29-26.
  • Green hit an early 3 in the second half, then Krikke swished from long distance at the 16:22 mark to up the lead to five. Incarnate Word again fought back to take the lead and the game remained a seesaw affair.
  • Freshman Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton) hit a crucial 3 at the 8:29 mark to break a 45-all tie and put Valpo back in front.
  • King had a dunk with 6:44 to go to put Valpo once again ahead by three, and later Nelson made it a five-point game with a slam of his own.  
  • The Cardinals would still not go away, continually fighting back to within one possession. Green made a pair of free throws with six seconds on the clock to ice the game by extending the lead to four.  

Inside the Game

  • Krikke finished with 22 points on a day where he went 7-of-8 at the free-throw line. The Valpo forward has scored 18 or more in all four games this season and has 20+ in three straight outings.
  • Green tied a season high with 20 points, matching his output from the opener at Toledo. He went 7-of-8 at the charity stripe.
  • The free throw line was kind to the Beacons, who converted 20 of their 23 attempts, an 87 percent clip.
  • Nelson chipped in seven points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.
  • Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands [Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) squeezed a team-high eight rebounds.
  • The Beacons had six dunks in the game with King (3), Green (2) and Nelson (1) all in on the act.
  • Former Valpo player Chris Artis returned to the ARC as an assistant coach for Incarnate Word.

Postgame Comments

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Up Next

Valpo (2-2) will begin a 10-day, four-game road trip by visiting Samford on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Homewood, Ala. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ with links to live video, audio and stats available on