Men’s Basketball Suffers First MVC Loss Of The Season At Valpo

first_img Box Score (HTML) Evansville 1/13/2018 – 4 p.m. VALPARAISO, Ind. – Valparaiso connected on a season-high 12 three-pointers in a 77-60 win to end the Drake University men’s basketball team’s five-game win streak and hand the Bulldogs their first Missouri Valley Conference loss of the season Wednesday, Jan. 10, evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Tevonn Walker scored 26 points for Valparaiso (11-7, 2-3 MVC) as the Crusaders shot 12-of-24 from the three-point arc with Walker connecting on five of those. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Valpo made nine of its first 12 shots including five three-pointers in the opening nine minutes of the game to take a 24-16 lead. Another three-pointer extended that lead to 27-18 and forced the Bulldogs to take a timeout.  The brief respite did not slow the Crusaders shooting with them extending their lead to as many as 12 points, 36-24, with 7:26 left in the half. “You’re going to have ups and downs in conference play,” Medved said. “Tomorrow we have to move on, learn and get better. In this league, if you don’t come out with the right mindset, you’re going to get beat. We didn’t come with that tonight and it’s going to be tough again on Saturday. These guys know that.” “We shot 52 percent in the half, so we were scoring, but one of the best things we do is get out in transition,” Medved said. “You can’t get out in transition if you can’t get a stop.” Drake answered with a 9-3 run to pull within six points, 39-33, but the Crusaders closed the half with five straight points, three of them coming on their eighth three-pointer of the half to take a 46-35 lead into halftime. Walker scored 19 of his points in the first half, including those final five of the half. Story Links Drake (10-8, 4-1 MVC) was led by 15 points from Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) and 11 points from Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.). Offensively, the Bulldogs racked up a season-high 20 assists and shot 45.1 percent, but fell behind early and could never find the defensive combination to counter Valpo’s 7-foot center and hot three-point shooting. Full Schedule Roster “They [Valpo] really came ready to play, had that look in their eye and we did not meet that early on the defensive end,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “If you let a team like that get going you really don’t stand a chance on the road.” Next Game: Drake returns to the Knapp Center, where it is undefeated this season, to host Evansville Saturday, Jan. 13, for a 2 p.m. tipoff. Print Friendly Version Valpo kept its lead in double digits for the first nine minutes of the second half despite Walker being held scoreless during that span. Six-straight points from Drake, including a pair of dunks from McGlynn trimmed that margin to eight points, 57-49, with 10:02 left in the contest. However, another flurry of Valpo three-pointers shattered Drake’s comeback hopes and gave the Crusaders a 72-55 lead with four minutes remaining in the contest that Drake would not threaten. Box Score (PDF) last_img