Valparaiso wins MGM Grand Main Event's heavyweight bracket
LAS VEGAS (AP) Alec Peters had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Shane Hammink scored 23 points and Valparaiso beat BYU 92-89 on Wednesday night in the championship game of the MGM Grand Main Event's heavyweight bracket.
Hammink was fouled away from the basket with 52 seconds left and he hit two free throws for a 90-87 lead. But Eric Mika answered with an open shot under the basket to pull to 90-89.
Valparaiso dribbled down the clock and Peters made a contested layup with one second left on the shot clock. BYU was off on a 3-pointer, but Max Joseph missed two free throws on the other end with 2.2 seconds left to give the Cougars another chance. BYU advanced it past midcourt and after a timeout, Mika missed a corner 3-pointer.
Tevonn Walker added 13 points for Valparaiso (5-1). Jubril Adekoya and Lexus Williams each scored 12 points.
Nick Emery made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points for BYU (4-1).