Thursday, December 4, 2014

Red Hot Valparaiso Uses Late Run to Put Away Eastern Kentucky

Valparaiso 72
Eastern Kentucky 66

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky had a two-point lead midway through the second half but visiting Valparaiso used a 22-4 run in the latter stages of the contest to pull away for a 72-66 victory Wednesday night in McBrayer Arena.

Senior Timmy Knipp led the Colonels (4-2) with a season-high 16 points and five rebounds. Fellow senior Corey Walden added 13 tallies and five boards.

Alec Peters paced Valpo (8-1) with 21 points, thanks to making a career-high seven three-pointers and shooting 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from behind the arc.

Eastern Kentucky held a 45-43 lead with 12:37 remaining following Knipp's fourth three-pointer. However, the Colonels went cold after that shot and only made one field goal in the ensuing nine-plus minutes.

Valparaiso took the lead for good when a Vashil Fernandez tip-in made the score 47-45 with 10:28 left. Peters hit two of his seven trifectas during that stretch as the Crusaders began to pull away. A Tevonn Walker jumper gave Valpo its largest lead of the game with 3:20 remaining, 65-49.

Valparaiso began the game on fire, hitting six of its first seven three-point attempts, to build a 23-11 cushion. The Colonels slowly battled back and took the lead, 28-27, on a Jaylen Babb-Harrison transition lay-up. The Crusaders scored the final five points of the first half to take a 32-30 lead into intermission.

There were two ties and 10 lead changes early in the second half before the Crusaders put together the pivotal 22-4 run.

Valparaiso shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the floor in the final 20 minutes, including 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from three-point range.

Eastern Kentucky is back in action this Sunday, Dec. 7 at No. 1 Kentucky. The game, which is being televised by the SEC Network, is set to tip at 6 p.m.

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