NORMAL (HOI) -- Illinois State seemed to control most of the second half, but late turnovers, fouls, and mistakes allowed Valparaiso to tie the game and send it to overtime. In the extra five minutes redshirt sophomore guard made multiple clutch buckets to help lead the Redbirds (6-2, 3-2) to an 81-75 win over the Crusaders (5-5, 1-2).
Crompton scored a career-high 21 points (6-12 FG, 5-10 3PT), six of those coming in the overtime period. Senior guard Juliunn Redmond chipped in 16 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3PT), 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Fellow senior guard Paige Saylor added in 14 points (4-9 FG, 1-1 3PT) and 6 rebounds. Junior Terrion Moore also scored 14 points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3PT) with 6 rebounds.
Despite having four players score in double figures, Illinois State turned the ball over 22 times and committed 19 fouls.
"If we're going to become the team we want to become we can't do this. Our turnover margin needs to be like 12 or 13 a game. Teams in our league are too good. Valpo is too good. We just got lucky. We did enough down the stretch but if we don't turn the ball over we would've had more offensive possessions. I think we could've opened things up a little bit but it will be a huge point of emphasis tomorrow," explained Illinois State Head Coach Kristen Gillespie.
Ball security and stronger defense will be the keys for Friday's game, when the Redbirds go for the sweep of the Crusaders at 4 p.m.