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Valpo falls south of Illinois: Valparaiso trailed 17 points at halftime and couldn’t recover in a 77-55 Missouri Valley Conference loss to Southern Illinois in Carbondale on Sunday. Ben Krikke scored 20 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds for Valpo (10-12, 3-7), which trailed 43-26 at the break. Kobe King added 14 points for the Beacons and Kevion Taylor scored 11. Taylor’s streak of games with at least one 3-pointer ended at 84 when it was 0 for 4 beyond the l ‘bow. The Beacons will be back Wednesday at home against Evansville.

Wilkins, Drake bring down Loyola: Merrillville graduate DJ Wilkins scored 20 points to propel Drake to a 77-68 MVC victory over Loyola. Michigan City’s ShanQuan Hemphill scored 10 off the bench for the Bulldogs (16-6, 7-2), who tied for the league lead with the Ramblers (16-4, 7-2). Chris Knight beat Loyola with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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