Game No. 7
Valparaiso 85, UCF 70
The Crusaders delivered one of their best performances of the season as five players scored in double figures to give Valparaiso a wire-to-wire 85-70 victory. Alec Peters knocked down four 3-pointers and led the Crusaders with 16 points.
Game Ball -- Bobby Capobianco didn't exactly have a Saturday to remember last weekend. The senior lost his starting spot and then committed three first-half fouls against James Madison. There were two ways that Capobianco could've gone after the game and there are plenty of Division I players who would've chosen to pout and feel sorry for themselves. Instead, Capobianco reasserted himself and delivered his best game since arriving at Valparaiso on Tuesday night. He scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and added nine rebounds to go along with three blocks and three steals. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of his game was that Capobianco had to change positions midway through the second half when Vashil Fernandez and Moussa Gueye each fouled out. Capobianco played all but 24 seconds in the final 16+ minutes of the game.
Air Ball -- I think I speak for all sportswriters when I say that we do our best to eliminate dialogue concerning the officials in our reporting. Unless the officials make a call that is specifically influential to the outcome of the game, I try to avoid commenting on their impact. All that said, the officials were terrible on Tuesday night. From the lack of carrying calls that were made compared to how much carrying occurred, to the blatant double dribbles that happened, the refs got even the most basic calls wrong. We had yet another stretch in a college basketball game this season where the officials got whistle-happy midway through the second half and brought the game to a screeching halt. I didn't have a problem with the technical fouls, but the rest of the game was poorly officiated.
Quotable -- "(Bobby) just had a tremendous night. I would say this was his best game in a Valpo uniform." -- coach Bryce Drew
Young Guns -- In Tuesday's paper we took a look at how Lexus Williams has fared in his first six collegiate games as compared to other Valparaiso freshmen point guards over the last 10 years. Williams isn't the only freshman who compares favorably to players from the past.
Through the first seven games of the season, Alec Peters is 35-of-72 from the field (48.6 percent) and 16-of-33 from 3-point (48.5 percent). Through the first seven games of last season, Ryan Broekhoff was 34-of-73 from the field (46.5 percent) and 14-of-36 from 3-point (38.8 percent).
Kudos to Valparaiso assistant director of athletics for media relations Aaron Leavitt for pointing out the comparison.
Up Next -- The Crusaders (4-3) return home after Thanksgiving to take on Mercer in the third game of the Ohio Classic. Valparaiso will conclude the four-game homestand against Cincinnati Christian on Saturday night.