February 04, 20231st2nd1OT 2OT Final
Stats at a GlanceDRAVALPO
FG Percentage.385 (25-65) .385 (25-65)
3P FG Percentage.435 (10-23) .353 (12-34)
FT Percentage.758 (25-33) .909 (20-22)
Offensive Rebounds115
Defensive Rebounds3333
Total Rebounds4438
Bench Points1815
PointsDeVries - 32
Krikke - 27
ReboundsPenn - 12
Bayu - 6
Nelson - 6
Green - 6
AssistsPenn - 6
Edwards - 7
StealsPenn - 1
Sturtz - 1
Enright - 1
DeVries - 1
DeAveiro - 4
BlocksBrodie - 3
Bayu - 1
Green - 1
Krikke - 1
King - 1
Drake Edges Valpo in Double Overtime at ARC
Saturday, February 4, 2023
Drake Edges Valpo in Double Overtime at ARC
Ben Krikke scored 27 points before fouling out on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led for 42 minutes, 30 seconds on Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. But when the final horn sounded after 50 minutes of play, Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Drake prevailed 85-82 in double overtime in front of an electric atmosphere and large student section. Valpo was led in scoring by Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper]), who poured in 27 points before fouling out with 1:59 remaining in the first overtime.

How It Happened

  • Krikke drained a pair of 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the game, helping Valpo race out to an 8-2 lead.
  • Valpo held the lead throughout the first half, and built the edge to seven when Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) hit a trey at the 10:44 mark to make it 23-16. Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central) later expanded the gap to nine with a 3 of his own.
  • Drake rallied to within two late in the half and Valpo eventually carried a 35-31 edge into the locker room.
  • The lead fluctuated between one and five early in the second half before a 6-0 spurt helped Valpo to a 47-39 lead with just under 13 minutes remaining. The lead reached double figures when a steal by Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) led to a fastbreak dunk by Krikke to make it 49-39 with 11:45 on the clock.
  • The lead again ballooned to 10 when Maximus Nelson (Appleton, Wis. / Appleton North) buried a 3 with 11:08 remaining, and it was still double figures with under nine minutes to go.
  • Drake went on an 8-1 spurt, but Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]) doubled the lead back to six with 6:50. Drake’s Tucker DeVries hit a 3, then Nelson responded with a long ball of his own.
  • Valpo continued to own a slight lead until DeVries was fouled shooting a 3 with 25 ticks on the clock and made all three free throws to level the score at 66. That was the game’s first tie since 0-0 as Valpo led from the 19:43 mark of the first half to the 25 second mark of the second half. The game went to overtime at 66 all.
  • Nelson hit a 3 early in the first overtime, but Drake eventually took its first lead with 58 seconds to go in OT on a second-chance basket that turned into a traditional 3-point play.
  • King had a second-chance hoop of his own to tie the game, then both teams had empty possessions late in OT to force a second extra session.
  • Nelson hit a key 3 to put Valpo on top early in double OT as well. But Drake fought right back with a traditional 3-point play. Green became the second Valpo player to foul out with 4:08 to go in double OT. DeVries hit a big 3 that broke a 78-all tie with 2:56 on the clock, and Drake led the rest of the way.

Inside the Game

  • Krikke accrued 27 points including a career-high 11 made free throws. He became the first Valpo player with 11 made free throws in a game since Bakari Evelyn on Nov. 25, 2017 vs. UNC Wilmington.
  • Nelson had the biggest day of his young Beacon career, racking up a career-high 18 points, outdoing his previous best of 10 that came on Jan. 4 vs. UNI. Nelson drilled six triples in nine attempts.
  • Nelson also shared the team lead in the rebounding department as he, Green and Ibra Bayu (Flevoland, The Netherlands) gobbled up six boards apiece.
  • Edwards handed out seven assists, while DeAveiro dished out six helpers. DeAveiro also swiped four steals.
  • The two teams had the exact same shooting percentage as both went 25-of-65 (38.5 percent). Valpo had a season-high 12 made 3s while also going 20-of-22 (90.9 percent) at the free-throw line.
  • Valpo has played overtime in back-to-back games. The Beacons slip to 1-3 in OT games and 0-3 in overtime games in league play this year. The double overtime was Valpo’s first since Feb. 5 of last season, a 79-72 win over Indiana State. Drake played even more basketball than Valpo this week as the Bulldogs also won in double overtime on Wednesday vs. UNI.
  • King was the third Valpo player in double figures with 13 points and has been in double figures in all 25 games this season.
  • Krikke moved up two more spots on Valpo’s all-time scoring list and now sits in 12th with 1,422 after passing John Wolfenberg (1970-73) and Jim Ford (1985-89).
  • The attendance was a season-high 3,137.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

Valpo (10-15, 4-10 MVC) will attempt to bounce back on Wednesday night with a game at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. The game will begin at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET.