January 25, 20231st2ndFinal
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUNI
FG Percentage.379 (25-66) .500 (24-48)
3P FG Percentage.258 (8-31) .353 (6-17)
FT Percentage.667 (8-12) .821 (23-28)
Offensive Rebounds123
Defensive Rebounds2631
Total Rebounds3834
Bench Points95
PointsKrikke - 22
Born - 18
ReboundsKing - 12
Anderson - 10
AssistsKrikke - 5
Anderson - 4
Steals Edwards - 3
Campbell - 1
Born - 1
Duax - 1
Anderson - 1
Blocks Edwards - 1
Bayu - 1
King - 1
Wolf - 1
Valpo Winning Streak Snapped in Cedar Falls
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Valpo Winning Streak Snapped in Cedar Falls
Ben Krikke led all scorers on Wednesday.

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night with a 77-66 setback to host UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa. A valiant effort by Ben Krikke and a double-double by Kobe King helped the Beacons make several pushes, but the guests could not fully dig out of a hole created by several big first-half runs for the Panthers.

How It Happened

  • Valpo wasted no time in knocking down a 3-pointer as Maximus Nelson hit from deep on the game’s first possession. The play was even early, and Valpo knotted the score at 15 after Ibra Bayu drained a 3 on a Darius DeAveiro assist at the 13:06 mark.
  • The game was tied at 17, but Valpo did not score from the 11:39 mark to the 5:29 mark, during which time the Panthers embarked on a 13-0 run.
  • Valpo put together a push to cut the lead to seven as Nelson hit a 3, Krikke showed persistence on the glass for a third-chance bucket and Nick Edwards beat the shot clock horn with a 3.
  • UNI went on its second big run of the half, scoring the final 10 points of the period to build the lead to 17 at the break at 45-28.
  • The Beacons showed fight early in the second half, taking seven points off the deficit to shrink the gap to 12. Connor Barrett hit a 3 with 14:09 on the clock to get Valpo to within single figures, and then a Quinton Green 3 got the lead down to seven.
  • A second-chance bucket by Krikke at the 8:27 mark cut it to five at 59-54, but UNI’s Bowen Born responded with a monster 3, and a moment later the lead was back to double figures. Valpo got it to nine one more time with 1:23 to go, but could get no closer.

Inside the Game

  • Krikke led all scorers with 22 points while stuffing the stat sheet with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. This marked Krikke’s highest scoring output since Dec. 4 vs. Murray State.
  • King posted a double-double of 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. This represented his career high on the glass, outdoing his previous best of 11 on Feb. 5 vs. Indiana State. This marked his first double-double of the season and the third by a Beacon (Krikke and Edwards).
  • Edwards posted 12 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals, making it three Valpo players in double figures.
  • Krikke advanced another spot on Valpo’s all-time scoring list, passing Milo Stovall (1998-2002, 1,339) for 17th.
  • King scored in double figures for the 22nd straight game.
  • Valpo held a 12-3 edge on offensive rebounds.

Up Next

Valpo (9-13, 3-8 MVC) will return home to face off with Evansville on Saturday night at 6 p.m. The first 500 fans will receive free Valpo koozies. Tickets are available at valpoathletics.com/tickets.