Walker leads Valparaiso to 5th straight win, beating Samford
Nov. 22, 2017
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tevonn Walker had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists as Valparaiso remained undefeated, fighting off Samford for an 88-67 win on Tuesday night.
Joe Burton hit 7 of 8 field goals to finish with 16 points and Markus Golder added 11 with six rebounds for Valparaiso (5-0).
Justin Coleman led Samford (1-4) with 18 points.
The Crusaders were ahead 39-36 at the break. Coleman drilled a 3-pointer to start the second half and the Bulldogs took a 44-43 lead when Demetrius Denzel-Dyson drove for a layup with 16:53 remaining.
Golder took control for Valparaiso when he slammed home two straight dunks that started a 9-0 run to go ahead 49-48 at the 14:42 mark and the Crusaders never trailed again. The Bulldogs stayed within striking distance until Mileek McMillan and Walker hit back-to-back treys for a 66-57 lead with 7:33 left and the Crusaders cruised home.