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Smits with 11, Valparaiso holds on to beat S. Illinois 55-52

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Derrik Smits scored 11 points off the bench and Valparaiso held on to beat Southern Illinois 55-52 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid.

The Crusaders (14-14, 7-8 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed 28-24 at the break but surged 9-0 to open the second half and Jaume Sorolla capped the run with a dunk to give them a 33-28 lead. Valparaiso stretched it to 55-46 with 2:07 to play but Southern Illinois closed in after that, cutting it to the final margin with just under a minute left. The Salukis (14-14, 7-8) missed two 3-point attempts after that as the Crusaders held on for the win.

Deion Lavender added 10 points and seven rebounds for Valparaiso. Jaume Sorolla had eight points and four blocks.

Armon Fletcher scored 18 points with eight rebounds for the Salukis. Marcus Bartley added 10 points.

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Key Players
A. Cook
D. Lavender
28.7 Min. Per Game 28.7
8.0 Pts. Per Game 8.0
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
39.5 Field Goal % 52.4
36.3 Three Point % 28.1
64.6 Free Throw % 77.6
  Bad pass turnover on Eric McGill, stolen by Deion Lavender 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Armon Fletcher 2.0
  Javon Freeman missed free throw 2.0
  Personal foul on Eric McGill 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Javon Freeman 2.0
  Aaron Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Offensive rebound by Eric McGill 9.0
  Eric McGill missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Eric McGill 22.0
  Bakari Evelyn missed layup 24.0
+ 1 Aaron Cook made 2nd of 2 free throws 53.0
Team Stats
Points 52 55
Field Goals 19-49 (38.8%) 22-51 (43.1%)
3-Pointers 4-15 (26.7%) 3-11 (27.3%)
Free Throws 10-18 (55.6%) 8-14 (57.1%)
Total Rebounds 36 32
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 25 21
Team 3 7
Assists 11 8
Steals 9 7
Blocks 6 6
Turnovers 19 15
Fouls 14 16
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
11 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo S. Illinois 14-14 282452
home team logo Valparaiso 13-14 243155
Team Stats
away team logo S. Illinois 14-14 68.6 PPG 36.7 RPG 13.7 APG
home team logo Valparaiso 13-14 66.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
22
A. Fletcher G 16.5 PPG 6.1 RPG 1.5 APG 51.3 FG%
21
D. Smits C 12.2 PPG 5.7 RPG 0.8 APG 59.4 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Fletcher G 18 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
D. Smits C 11 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
38.8 FG% 43.1
26.7 3PT FG% 27.3
55.6 FT% 57.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Fletcher 18 8 1 7/13 0/1 4/5 2 39 3 0 2 2 6
A. Cook 9 7 2 2/10 1/6 4/6 1 36 3 0 2 3 4
K. Pippen 7 4 1 3/9 0/1 1/2 0 26 1 5 7 1 3
S. Lloyd Jr. 4 7 2 1/2 1/1 1/2 3 34 0 0 3 0 7
E. McGill 0 3 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 25 1 0 4 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Fletcher 18 8 1 7/13 0/1 4/5 2 39 3 0 2 2 6
A. Cook 9 7 2 2/10 1/6 4/6 1 36 3 0 2 3 4
K. Pippen 7 4 1 3/9 0/1 1/2 0 26 1 5 7 1 3
S. Lloyd Jr. 4 7 2 1/2 1/1 1/2 3 34 0 0 3 0 7
E. McGill 0 3 1 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 25 1 0 4 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bartley 10 1 2 4/5 2/3 0/0 4 20 1 0 1 0 1
T. Bol 4 1 1 2/5 0/0 0/3 1 14 0 1 0 0 1
D. Beane 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 1 1
R. Stradnieks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Gooch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gardner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Swedura - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Shafer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dembele - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 33 11 19/49 4/15 10/18 14 200 9 6 19 8 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Lavender 10 7 3 5/9 0/1 0/0 1 33 3 1 3 1 6
J. Sorolla 8 2 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 3 24 0 4 1 1 1
J. Freeman 8 3 0 3/8 0/1 2/6 2 32 2 0 2 0 3
R. Fazekas 6 2 0 2/5 1/2 1/2 3 26 0 1 1 0 2
D. Sackey 5 3 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 24 2 0 5 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Lavender 10 7 3 5/9 0/1 0/0 1 33 3 1 3 1 6
J. Sorolla 8 2 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 3 24 0 4 1 1 1
J. Freeman 8 3 0 3/8 0/1 2/6 2 32 2 0 2 0 3
R. Fazekas 6 2 0 2/5 1/2 1/2 3 26 0 1 1 0 2
D. Sackey 5 3 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 24 2 0 5 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Smits 11 4 0 4/10 0/0 3/4 3 16 0 0 1 2 2
J. Kiser 4 4 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 18 0 0 1 0 4
B. Evelyn 3 0 1 1/7 1/5 0/0 1 23 0 0 1 0 0
M. McMillan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
N. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Gordon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bradford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Golder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Stalling - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 25 8 22/51 3/11 8/14 16 200 7 6 15 4 21