FSU loses to Valparaiso in second round of NIT

FINAL GOODBYE: Western Kentucky head coach Ray Harper waves to the fans after the team's season-ending loss in the C-USA tournament. Harper is out as coach after five seasons. Associated Press
FINAL GOODBYE: Western Kentucky head coach Ray Harper waves to the fans after the team's season-ending loss in the C-USA tournament. Harper is out as coach after five seasons.Associated Press
Published
Updated

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Alec Peters scored 16 of his 26 in the first half and finished with nine rebounds, and Shane Hammink added 18 points to help top-seeded Valparaiso beat No. 4 seed Florida State 81-69 in the second round of the NIT on Thursday night.

Keith Carter added 13 points and six assists, and Jubril Adekoya had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists for Valparaiso.

Malik Beasley scored eight straight to pull the Seminoles (20-14) within three with 12:53 left, but Valpo answered with a 12-3 run to push its lead to 63-51. Peters converted a three-point play before Adekoya hit a 3 to start the spurt, and Victor Nickerson scored the final six, capped by his dunk with 9:12 left. The Seminoles trailed by at least seven the rest of the way.

The Crusaders (28-6) will play the winner of Sunday's game between third-seeded Georgia and No. 2 seed Saint Mary's on Tuesday.

Peters' 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run to open the game, and Valpo, which led from wire-to-wire in its first-round win over Texas Southern, never trailed.

The Crusaders shot 54.2 percent in the first half and took a 39-29 lead into the break.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes led FSU with 19 points. Beasley scored 14.

ILLINOIS: Guard Kendrick Nunn was jailed on suspicion of domestic battery after turning himself in to police, the latest of several recent allegations of misconduct by members of the basketball program. Champaign (Ill.) police spokeswoman Laeisha Meaderds said Nunn was accused of striking a woman during a domestic dispute Wednesday afternoon at a home near campus. She said the woman's injury was minor.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Freshman Eric Cobb was charged with assault for shooting a BB pellet gun at an occupied car. He and teammate Jamall Gregory also were arrested and charged for property damage in connection with the shootings. Police said no one was injured. All the charges are considered misdemeanors.

WESTERN KENTUCKY: Coach Ray Harper resigned. It was unknown whether the resignation was related to the suspensions of players Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal after a hearing Wednesday night by the school's disciplinary committee. Harper, 54, was 89-64 in five seasons.

wis.-milwaukee: Men's basketball coach Rob Jeter was fired. Jeter, 46, was 185-170 in 11 seasons and had one year left on his contract.

Advertisement