VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 20 points for his seventh straight 20-plus game and Valparaiso advanced to its first NIT semifinals with a 60-44 victory against Saint Mary's on Tuesday night.
Tevonn Walker opened the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer to give Valparaiso a 32-31 lead - its first since 17-16. Shane Hammink's putback extended it to 40-31 and capped a 16-0 run. Saint Mary's was held scoreless for nine-plus minutes, spanning the halves, and missed it first 10 shots of the second half.
The shooting troubles continued for Saint Mary's as the Gaels shot 20.7 percent in the second half and scored just 13 points.