Riley notched 16 points while Noah Frederking had 12 and John Hall added Riley added a team-best seven rebounds and four assists.
A back-and-forth first half saw the Crusaders get on the board first before a Marty Hill trey gave UE an early lead. Valpo retook the lead at and a 1-for-8 stretch from the floor by the Aces saw the Crusaders take a edge just past the midway point.
Evansville made a nice run to take its largest lead, outscoring Valpo by a margin to go up by a score inside of three minutes left in the half.
Riley had six of the points while Noah Frederking added a 3-pointer and John Hall capped it off with a free throw.
Over the final portion of the period, the Crusaders rallied back to take a halftime lead when Derrik Smits knocked down a pair of free throws in the final seconds. Hill led UE with 11 in the half while Riley scored John Hall notched eight quick points to open the second half as UE took a lead in the opening four minutes.
Hall drained a pair of 3-pointers while Hill added his third of the game. Valpo came back in a big way, going on a run to open up a lead with the half reaching its midway point. They connected on six out of eight attempts over the run.
The lead for the Crusaders reached at the 7-minute mark as the total run was Dainius Chatkevicius ended the stretch with a layup before Noah Frederking hit a three to cut the Valpo lead to four — UE continued its fight as another trey from Hill knotted the game at with just over four minutes on the clock.
After Valpo retook a lead, Noah Frederking connected from long range to cap off a stretch that gave the Aces a lead in the final minute.
Derrik Smits hit two free throws to tie the game back up, but John Hall drove one to the basket with 17 ticks on the clock that gave the Aces a lead. From there, the Aces were able to hang on for the triumph.
The Aces shot Valpo finished with a slight lead on the boards.
Arch Madness awaits the Aces as they open up on Thursday at p. The opponent will be determined following today's league games.