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Freeman helps Valparaiso upset Illinois State 69-53 on road

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Freshman Javon Freeman scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-13 shooting and Valparaiso upset Illinois State 69-53 on Tuesday night.

Freeman sank 4 of 6 from 3-point range for the Crusaders (13-11, 6-5 Missouri Valley Conference) and added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot. Derrik Smits hit 8 of 10 shots and scored 16 for Valparaiso, which pulled into a third-place tie with Drake by ending a four-game skid. The Redbirds (14-10, 7-4) drop to second, one-game behind Loyola-Chicago, which already has a win over Illinois State this season.

Freeman hit two 3-pointers and added a 3-point play as Valparaiso jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. Illinois State pulled within 25-21 on Zach Copeland's 3-pointer, but Freeman scored the last six in an 8-0 run and the Crusaders increased their lead to 41-24 at intermission.

Copeland sank 4 of 7 from distance and was the lone Redbird to reach double figures with 17 points.

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Key Players
D. Lavender
2 G
M. Yarbrough
30.0 Min. Per Game 30.0
17.2 Pts. Per Game 17.2
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
7.4 Reb. Per Game 7.4
49.2 Field Goal % 49.2
27.6 Three Point % 38.8
77.3 Free Throw % 73.2
  Defensive rebound by Daniel Sackey 4.0
  Zach Copeland missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Valparaiso 11.0
+ 2 Matt Chastain made layup 41.0
+ 3 Javon Freeman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Daniel Sackey 56.0
  Personal foul on Isaac Gassman 1:18
  Defensive rebound by Markus Golder 1:20
  Zach Copeland missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:22
  Lost ball turnover on Derrik Smits, stolen by Zach Copeland 1:27
  Defensive rebound by John Kiser 1:47
  Isaac Gassman missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:49
Team Stats
Points 69 53
Field Goals 28-55 (50.9%) 18-45 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 10-23 (43.5%) 7-25 (28.0%)
Free Throws 3-6 (50.0%) 10-14 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 31 23
Offensive 5 3
Defensive 24 18
Team 2 2
Assists 18 8
Steals 8 7
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 12 16
Fouls 13 11
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
17 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Valparaiso 12-11 412869
home team logo Illinois State 14-10 242953
Team Stats
away team logo Valparaiso 12-11 66.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Illinois State 14-10 68.4 PPG 37.6 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
0
J. Freeman G 11.0 PPG 4.3 RPG 2.0 APG 45.2 FG%
2
Z. Copeland G 9.3 PPG 2.8 RPG 3.0 APG 34.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Freeman G 27 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
Z. Copeland G 17 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
50.9 FG% 40.0
43.5 3PT FG% 28.0
50.0 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Freeman 27 5 4 11/13 4/6 1/3 0 34 3 1 2 1 4
D. Smits 16 5 0 8/10 0/0 0/1 4 25 1 0 3 2 3
M. Golder 8 1 1 3/13 2/7 0/0 1 28 0 0 0 0 1
J. Kiser 6 7 3 2/6 2/4 0/0 0 36 3 1 1 0 7
D. Sackey 4 2 6 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 28 1 0 4 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Freeman 27 5 4 11/13 4/6 1/3 0 34 3 1 2 1 4
D. Smits 16 5 0 8/10 0/0 0/1 4 25 1 0 3 2 3
M. Golder 8 1 1 3/13 2/7 0/0 1 28 0 0 0 0 1
J. Kiser 6 7 3 2/6 2/4 0/0 0 36 3 1 1 0 7
D. Sackey 4 2 6 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 28 1 0 4 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Evelyn 6 3 3 2/5 2/3 0/0 1 21 0 0 1 0 3
D. Lavender 2 3 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 1 10 0 0 0 2 1
J. Sorolla 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 0 0 0 3
M. McMillan 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0
R. Fazekas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bradford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Stalling - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 29 18 28/55 10/23 3/6 13 200 8 2 12 5 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Copeland 17 2 3 5/10 4/7 3/4 1 28 3 0 5 0 2
M. Yarbrough 9 5 3 4/11 0/5 1/2 2 27 2 0 3 0 5
P. Fayne 8 2 0 3/7 0/0 2/3 5 16 0 0 0 1 1
K. Evans 6 1 0 2/7 2/7 0/0 0 31 0 0 5 0 1
M. Chastain 2 4 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Copeland 17 2 3 5/10 4/7 3/4 1 28 3 0 5 0 2
M. Yarbrough 9 5 3 4/11 0/5 1/2 2 27 2 0 3 0 5
P. Fayne 8 2 0 3/7 0/0 2/3 5 16 0 0 0 1 1
K. Evans 6 1 0 2/7 2/7 0/0 0 31 0 0 5 0 1
M. Chastain 2 4 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Gassman 6 3 0 1/3 0/1 4/5 1 26 1 0 0 1 2
W. Tinsley 3 3 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 27 0 1 1 0 3
R. Idowu 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 15 0 0 1 0 1
M. Hein - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hillsman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Fisher III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Boyd - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bruninga - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Donnelly - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ndiaye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 53 21 8 18/45 7/25 10/14 11 200 7 1 16 3 18