Peters with 24, Valpo edges Cleveland St. 58-56
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 24 points and Valparaiso held on to beat Cleveland State 58-56 Saturday night.
Cleveland State led 54-51 with 2:27 remaining before Peters made three free throws and Vashil Fernandez scored to give the Crusaders a 56-54 lead. Andre Yates split a pair of free throws to pull Cleveland State within 56-55.
Peters threw an inbounds strike past midcourt to Tevonn Walker, who made a layup and was fouled with 9.8 seconds left. Walker missed the free throw, making it 58-55 and giving Cleveland State another shot.
The Vikings’ Charlie Lee dribbled into the paint, and dished back to Trey Lewis, who was fouled on his trey attempt with 1.7 seconds left. He made the first free throw but missed the second.
Cleveland State (9-9, 3-1 Horizon League) couldn’t grab the rebound on Lewis’ intentionally missed third shot, sealing it for Valparaiso (16-3, 3-1).