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).
Copyright 2019 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
The DePaul program was hit by the NCAA for multiple Level II violations for impermissible benefits...
A look at five of the best and worst bets plus the long shots to consider to win it all
Juwan Howard's hiring at Michigan was not, in fact, the final coaching change of 2019's of...
In court documents, Auburn confirms an NCAA investigation related to Chuck Person's senten...
Person was sentenced Wednesday to 200 hours of community service
To understand how recruiting is for most, you have to experience the crush up close when every...