- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - After a big road win over a Pac-12 opponent, Valparaiso guard Shane Hammink wasn’t shy about the Crusaders’ goal for the season.

“We’re playing well together, chemistry is good. . We want to get as far as possible in the NCAA Tournament,” Hammink said.

Alec Peters had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Valparaiso beat Oregon State 63-57 on Tuesday night.

Hammink and Tevonn Walker added 15 points apiece for Valparaiso (6-1).

Coach Bryce Drew said he felt “blessed” that his team got a win on the road after losing 73-67 to then-No. 25 Oregon on Sunday, fading late in the second half.

“This stretch is very tough for a lot of Pac-12 teams, anyone who does this,” Drew said after winning his 100th game as the Crusaders coach.

Gary Payton II had 25 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for Oregon State (4-1).

Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle criticized his team’s lack of transition defense.

“They were a very mature, very tough veteran team. It just exposed some of our early weaknesses. But it is early, and we’ll work on those things,” Tinkle said.

Valparaiso led 34-25 at halftime. Jubril Adekoya made four free throws and Hammink made a layup to stretch the Crusaders lead to 48-31 with 12:28 remaining.

Stephen Thompson Jr. made two 3-pointers as part of a 13-3 surge to pull the Beavers to 61-55 with 35 seconds left. Peters split a pair of free throws, Thompson missed a 3-point attempt, and Hammink made a free throw to make it 63-55 with 15 seconds left.

Payton dunked with nine seconds left to cap the scoring.

Valparaiso took a 15-8 lead after going on a 9-0 run, capped by a Walker 3-pointer at the 12:27 mark. The Crusaders stretched the lead to 29-21 on an E. Victor Nickerson dunk. Payton made a layup and Malcolm Duvivier a pair of free throws before Peters made his second 3-pointer just before halftime.

The Crusaders opened the second half on a 14-6 surge. The Beavers answered with a 9-2 spurt to pull to 50-40 midway through the second half. Payton scored six points and Tres Tinkle made a 3-pointer during the span.

Duvivier’s layup pulled the Beavers to 60-51 with 1:21 remaining.



Drew is the third member of his family to serve as head coach of Valparaiso. His father, Homer Drew, and brother, Scott Drew, also led the Crusaders. A Drew has been in charge of the program for the last 27 years and the family has led Valparaiso to 490 victories and 14 postseason appearances.


Hammink, a junior guard who sat out last season after transferring from Louisiana State, is just starting to find a rhythm with the Crusaders, Drew said. “Very talented, very explosive young player,” he added.


Oregon State: The Beavers two road wins this season equal their entire total of away victories from last year. … The Beavers only lost twice at home last season. Oregon State came into the game shooting 41.8 percent on 3-pointers and averaging 8.3 baskets from long range. The Beavers made one 4 of 13 from long range on Tuesday. … Freshman Drew Eubanks had seven rebounds and five blocks, but missed his only shot attempt. … The Beavers have scored 70-plus points in their four wins.

Valparaiso: Last year, the Crusaders won a record 28 games, as well as the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles. … The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time since 1996.


Valparaiso travels to Ball State on Saturday.

Oregon State hosts Loyola Marymount on Dec. 2.

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