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Valparaiso holds off Southern Illinois 65-61

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Derrik Smits scored 16 points with eight rebounds and Deion Lavender had a clutch basket with 13 seconds left and Valparaiso held off Southern Illinois 65-61 on Saturday.

The Crusaders (11-6, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) had a 59-46 lead after a Smits layup with 6:36 to play. But after that, Southern Illinois found its range, making 6 of 11 shots with two 3-pointers - though the Salukis were just 1 of 4 from the foul line - and closed within 63-61 on an Armon Fletcher free throw with 39.1 seconds to play.

Valparaiso ran the shot clock down before Lavender broke free for the clinching points. Southern Illinois missed its final two shots.

Kavion Pippen had 23 points for the Salukis (9-8, 2-2) and Fletcher, in his second game back after a six-game suspension, had 13 and 10 rebounds.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Darius Beane made layup 3:21
  Offensive rebound by Darius Beane 3:21
  Rudy Stradnieks missed layup 3:23
  Defensive rebound by Darius Beane 3:49
  Markus Golder missed jump shot 3:51
+ 3 Marcus Bartley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Cook 4:17
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Cook 4:26
  Markus Golder missed layup, blocked by Rudy Stradnieks 4:28
  Defensive rebound by Markus Golder 4:46
  Darius Beane missed free throw 4:46
  Personal foul on Bakari Evelyn 4:46
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Valparaiso 10-6 323365
home team logo S. Illinois 9-8 253661
Team Stats
away team logo Valparaiso 10-6 68.4 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo S. Illinois 9-8 68.0 PPG 36.5 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
21
D. Smits 12.5 PPG 6.0 RPG 0.7 APG 59.6 FG%
22
A. Fletcher 15.2 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.5 APG 52.2 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB