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Smits leads Valparaiso past Northern Iowa 75-66

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Derrik Smits finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and Valparaiso turned back Northern Iowa 75-66 on Saturday.

Smits sank 9 of 18 from the floor to help the Crusaders (12-7, 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference) shoot 51 percent for the game (26 of 51). Bakari Evelyn came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and score 14, while Markus Golder added 13 points and six boards. Valparaiso had a 34-20 rebound advantage and that led to a 14-4 edge in second-chance points. Valparaiso also outscored the Panthers (8-11, 3-3) 34-14 in the paint.

Freshman AJ Green made all 10 of his free throws and scored 25 to pace Northern Iowa. Luke McDonnell scored 14 with five rebounds and three assists.

Golder scored all of his points in the first half to help the Crusaders take a 36-30 lead at intermission. NIU trailed 52-48 after McDonnell's 3-pointer with 9:58 left to play, but Evelyn's 3-pointer capped a 6-0 run and Valparaiso kept it a two-possession game from there. The Panthers shot 44 percent from the floor, but made just 7 of 24 from distance (29 percent).

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Wyatt Lohaus missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 2 Markus Golder made dunk, assist by John Kiser 26.0
+ 3 Wyatt Lohaus made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Spencer Haldeman 46.0
+ 1 Markus Golder made 2nd of 2 free throws 59.0
+ 1 Markus Golder made 1st of 2 free throws 59.0
  Shooting foul on Isaiah Brown 59.0
  Bad pass turnover on Luke McDonnell, stolen by Markus Golder 1:03
  Lost ball turnover on Deion Lavender, stolen by Isaiah Brown 1:25
  Traveling violation turnover on AJ Green 1:42
  Offensive rebound by Tywhon Pickford 1:52
  AJ Green missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:54
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 Northern Iowa 8-11 303666
home team logo Valparaiso 11-7 363975
Team Stats
away team logo Northern Iowa 8-11 65.1 PPG 35.3 RPG 10.9 APG
home team logo Valparaiso 11-7 66.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
4
A. Green 15.0 PPG 3.0 RPG 2.3 APG 41.0 FG%
21
D. Smits 12.2 PPG 5.7 RPG 0.8 APG 59.4 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