Valpo comes from 17 down to stun Illinois State

By: Valparaiso University Last Updated: February 17, 2020

When the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team entered the locker room trailing Illinois State by 17 points on Saturday night in Normal, Ill., head coach Matt Lottich’s message was concise yet clear – ‘just fight.’

His team did exactly that over the final 20 minutes, fighting from the 17-point hole to take its first lead of the game with 14 seconds remaining in an eventual 65-62 win over Illinois State at Redbird Arena. Sophomore Javon Freeman-Liberty (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young) scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting in the second half alone to help the program to its biggest comeback triumph in seven years.

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Valpo (14-13, 7-7) will continue its stretch of consecutive road games on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Drake. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on