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Crusaders Rally, But Eventually Fall at Vanderbilt
Jarryd Loyd scored a career-high 20 points Tuesday night.
Jarryd Loyd scored a career-high 20 points Tuesday night.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Box Score

Valparaiso came back from a 44-31 halftime deficit to take a 53-50 lead with 12:30 to play, but Vanderbilt regained the lead with under ten minutes to go and never gave it up, downing the Crusaders 87-78 Tuesday night in Nashville, Tenn.

            “I was very proud of our effort in the second half,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “We came out of the locker room fighting hard and came back to take the lead and never gave up down the stretch.  If we play 40 minutes in each of our games like we did the second half tonight, we will win a lot of games.”

            The two teams traded baskets in the first couple minutes out of halftime, and Vanderbilt led 48-36 with 17:39 to play before the Crusaders started their run.  Valpo got layups from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne), Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) and Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) to start the spurt, cutting Vandy’s lead to six with 15:55 left in the game.  After a Commodore basket, Huff drained a 3-pointer off a feed from Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) to slice the lead down to five points.

            With under 14 minutes left, Loyd came up with a steal and came down the floor, hitting a trifecta of his own to cut the lead to 50-48.  Loyd followed with a runner in the lane with 13:14 to play to tie the game at 50, the first time the Crusaders had touched the lead since the start of the game.  Huff nailed another 3-pointer two possessions later to give Valpo a three-point lead, capping a 17-2 run over a five-minute span.

            Valpo and Vandy traded the lead back and forth for the next three minutes before the Commodores started their key run.  With Valpo holding a two-point edge, Vanderbilt’s Shan Foster hit a 3-pointer to give it the 61-60 lead.  A.J. Ogilvy followed with baskets down low on each of Vandy’s next two possessions to close out the 7-0 spurt and give the Commodores a five-point lead.  The Crusaders would cut the lead down to two points with six minutes to play, but could get no closer.

            Vanderbilt led throughout the entire first half.  Valpo was within six at 25-19 halfway through the opening stanza before the Commodores ripped off a 9-0 run over three minutes, getting five points from Andre Walker during the run.  Valpo cut the lead briefly to single digits late in the half, but Vandy hit two baskets in the final 50 seconds to give itself the 13-point lead at the intermission.

            Loyd enjoyed an outstanding game for the Crusaders, scoring a career-best 20 points while also grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four assists.  Huff joined Loyd in double figures with 18 points, hitting 4-of-7 shots from behind the arc, and added a career-high nine rebounds. 

            Four other Valpo players scored at least eight points.  Freshman Bryan Bouchie (Washington, Ind./Washington) chipped in nine points in 21 minutes off the bench, and also grabbed nine rebounds, including seven offensive caroms.  Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky), Igbavboa and McPherson each added eight points, while Igbavboa also ripped down a game-high 11 rebounds.

            “I thought Jarryd played one of his best games in a Valpo uniform,” said Drew.  “Not only did he score, but he also took care of the basketball, giving out four assists and only turning the ball over once.  Shawn and Bryan also had great games, and Urule really played well for us in the second half.”

            Vanderbilt (3-0) was led by 21 points from Ogilvy, while three other starters also reached double figures in scoring.  Ross Neltner added 16 points and ten rebounds for the Commodores.

            The Crusaders shot just 36.7% from the floor (29-of-79), but had 23 more shot attempts than the Commodores, who shot 50% (28-of-56), thanks to 21 offensive rebounds.  The offensive caroms helped Valpo to a 45-37 rebounding edge, and the Crusaders also put up 20 second chance points.  Valpo hit 13 three-pointers as well, but needed 33 attempts from behind the arc.  Vandy and Valpo each scored 32 points in the paint, while the Crusaders held a 36-25 advantage in points off the bench.

            Valparaiso (2-1) continues play in the South Padre Island Invitational in Texas this weekend.  The Crusaders will kick off play down south with a matchup against Maryland Eastern Shore on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.  All the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay