Valpo demolishes UIC as Alec Peters breaks Bryce Drew’s scoring record

Alec Peters broke Valparaiso’s all-time scoring record early in the first half Sunday, and the scoring did not stop there. Peters finished with 30 points, pacing Valparaiso in a 96-65 victory against UIC at the ARC.

Peters broke the record on a layup with 15:29 remaining in the first half, surpassing his former coach and NCAA Tournament hero Bryce Drew. (Drew had himself a big weekend, too, as his Vanderbilt Commodores upset No. 19 Florida on the road.)

UIC (11-9, 4-3 Horizon) entered Sunday’s game with a three-game winning streak, but the best win in that stretch was at Cleveland State, which is tied for last place in the league. The Flames competed well in a 70-59 loss to Valparaiso (16-4, 6-1) at home in December, but they were completely outmatched on the road.

UIC shot 32.8% from the field and committed 16 turnovers. Freshman guard Tarkus Ferguson and redshirt freshman guard Dominique Matthews each had 12 points to lead the Flames. Ferguson also recorded 5 rebounds and 6 assists.

While Peters had 30 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season, senior guard Shane Hammink added 24 points and 5 assists.

Barring a Horizon League Tournament loss to the Flames, Peters will finish his career undefeated against UIC.

With 2,166 points, Peters is 5th on the Horizon League’s all-time scoring list. Next up is former Detroit guard Rashad Phillips with 2,319 points.

Sunday’s defeat dropped UIC to fifth place in the Horizon League, but the Flames are only a half-game out of third and one game out of second. Their next three games say a lot about how good this team really is. UIC faces sixth place Northern Kentucky on Friday, third place Wright State on Sunday, and second place Green Bay the following Thursday.

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