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Evansville finishes strong to beat Valparaiso 64-53

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Marty Hill had 14 points to go with six rebounds as Evansville took control in the second half to beat Valparaiso 64-53 on Saturday afternoon to halt a four-game skid.

Valparaiso led 27-24 going into the break and pushed that to 31-24 to open the second period. A Hill layup tied it at 34-34 with 13:53 remaining and the Purple Aces took the lead after Dainius Chatkevicius split a pair of free throws and Shea Feehan stole the ball and finished with a layup to go ahead 37-34. The Crusaders retook the lead but Evansville went out front for good 52-44 after Hill scored eight unanswered points and Noah Frederking added a trey at the 5:56 mark.

K.J. Riley added 10 points and tied his career high with 12 rebounds. Freshman Shamar Givance chipped in eight points while dishing out five assists for Evansville (10-13, 4-6 Missouri Valley Conference).

Javon Freeman and Markus Golder had 12 points apiece for Valparaiso (12-11, 5-5) which now has lost four straight games.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
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 11-11 272653
home team logo Evansville 10-13 244064
Team Stats
away team logo Valparaiso 11-11 66.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Evansville 10-13 69.8 PPG 36.7 RPG 12.3 APG
Key Players
21
D. Smits 12.2 PPG 5.7 RPG 0.8 APG 59.4 FG%
33
K. Riley 13.6 PPG 5.0 RPG 3.0 APG 42.5 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