Peters scores 24, Valparaiso beats Alabama 68-60
LAS VEGAS (AP) Alec Peters scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds and Valparaiso beat Alabama 68-60 on Monday night in the MGM Grand Main Event.
Valpo will play BYU in the championship game on Wednesday.
Peters made 7 of 12 from the field and all of his seven free-throw attempts. Jubril Adekoya added 16 points and Shane Hammink scored 10.
After Alabama's Braxton Key hit a 3 to give Alabama (2-2) a 45-44 lead – its first of the half – with 11:50 to play. The Crusaders responded with a 17-6 run, capped by a Peters 3-pointer, to make it 61-51 with 2:51 remaining.
Two free throws by Corban Collins trimmed the Tide's deficit to four with 1:18 left, but Peters converted a 3-point play and Valpo (4-1) held on.
Collins and Riley Norris scored 10 points apiece for Alabama. The Tide made of 9 of 28 (32.1 percent) second-half shots.