VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Keith Carter scored 19 points and LaVonte Dority added 14 with six assists to power Valparaiso past Illinois-Chicago 87-72 in a Horizon Conference opener for both teams Thursday night.
The Crusaders (9-7, 1-0 Horizon) erased an eight-point halftime deficit and were within one midway through the second half. Dority drilled two free throws- the second putting Valparaiso on top- and Carter hit a layup and a 3-pointer to ignite a 19-6 run, pushing the lead to 77-65 with 4:24 remaining.
UIC (5-10, 0-1) could only pull within ten the rest of the way, committing four turnovers in the final minutes.