Walker, Peters lead Valparaiso over Illinois-Chicago 70-59 (Dec 30, 2016)
CHICAGO (AP) Tevonn Walker scored 23 points, and Alec Peters added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Valparaiso beat Illinois-Chicago 70-59, its 16th straight win over the Flames, in a Horizon League opener on Friday.
Walker was 8 of 9 from the field, and Peters was 5-of-15 shooting from the field and has scored in double-figures in every game this season for the Crusaders (11-3). Derrik Smits chipped in 11 points.
Tarkus Ferguson scored 16 points to lead Illinois-Chicago (7-7). Godwin Boahen had 13 points and Tai Odiase added 11.
The Crusaders took the lead for good midway through the first half, and built a 31-24 halftime lead. UIC pulled to 38-37 with 14 minutes to play, but didn't get closer. A 17-10 spurt gave Valpo its largest lead, 68-56 with about a minute left. Peters scored seven points and Walker made four free throws during the stretch.