November 01, 20231st2ndFinal
St. Mary-Woods403171
Stats at a GlanceSMVALPO
FG Percentage.350 (21-60) .458 (33-72)
3P FG Percentage.333 (6-18) .240 (6-25)
FT Percentage.697 (23-33) .714 (10-14)
Offensive Rebounds1516
Defensive Rebounds2728
Total Rebounds4244
Bench Points3422
PointsHale - 12
Dixon - 12
Stafford - 26
ReboundsJenkins - 8
Edwards - 8
AssistsHale - 3
DeAveiro - 8
StealsDixon - 2
Weatherspoon - 1
Ajiboye - 1
DeAveiro - 1
Stafford - 1
BlocksJohnson - 1
Welle - 1
Birchfield - 1
Palm - 2
Stafford Leads Valpo to Exhibition Win
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Stafford Leads Valpo to Exhibition Win
Isaiah Stafford poured in 26 points on Wednesday.

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team took the court in a game environment for a final tune-up prior to the regular season on Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, pulling away late for an 82-71 victory over Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks) paced the team with 26 points, leading a group of four Beacons in double figures.

How It Happened

  • Freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) drilled an early 3 at the 16:08 mark of the first half to give the hosts their first lead of the game at 9-7. Valpo went back in front on a Stafford triple with 13:55 on the first-half clock.
  • Valpo faced a seven-point deficit at the midway mark of the first half, but a 12-0 run for the hosts turned a 27-20 deficit into a 32-27 lead. Stafford accounted for seven of the 12 points on the run.
  • A fastbreak dunk by Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) on a Stafford assist stretched the lead to seven at 40-33 with 1:50 left in the first half, but Saint Mary-of-the-Woods closed to within two by the halftime horn. The Beacons led 42-40 at the break behind 14 first-half points from Stafford.
  • Valpo led by seven with 14:20 remaining, but the Pomeroys battled back to take a 53-52 lead with 11:55 left. Edwards had back-to-back buckets to put Valpo back in front, but it was a seesaw battle until the Brown & Gold grabbed the lead for good on a Schwieger putback with 8:02 on the clock that turned into a traditional 3-point play to make it 61-59.
  • The Beacons used a 6-0 run including four more points from Schwieger to bolster the lead to 10 at 71-61 with 4:13 to play.
  • A fastbreak dunk by Jerome Palm (Almere, The Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) with 2:31 on the clock provided an exclamation mark on the victory.

Inside the Game

  • Stafford was joined in double figures by Schwieger and Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase [Golden State Prep]), who tallied 13 points apiece. The fourth double-figure scorer was Edwards with a dozen.
  • Junior Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) dished out eight assists with no turnovers, while Stafford added five helpers to his 26-point performance.
  • The team’s top two performers in the plus-minus category were Stafford and Schwieger. Valpo outscored the opponent by 20 when Stafford was on the court and the team went +18 with Schwieger in action.
  • Edwards paced the team with eight rebounds including five offensive caroms.
  • The team grabbed 16 offensive rebounds leading to 23 second-chance points.
  • Valpo held a 42-24 advantage in the paint.
  • Schwieger started his first collegiate contest, one of nine players who made their unofficial (exhibition) Valpo debuts on Wednesday.
  • Valpo dished out 17 assists against just nine turnovers.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

The Beacons will open the regular season on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center against Trinity Christian. It’s “Powell Party of 5,000” as Valpo celebrates Roger Powell Jr.’s first official game as a collegiate head coach. For ticket information, visit