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Crusaders Fall at Bowling Green
Howard Little scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists. (Sabrina Short)
Howard Little scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists. (Sabrina Short)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Valparaiso was unable to capture a victory in its final non-league game of the regular season, falling to Bowling Green State University 87-70 Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Fifth-year senior Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) matched the Crusader career record for games played with his 127th career game, tying Raitis Grafs.

“You have to compliment Bowling Green, they came out ready to play and jumped on us from the beginning,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “They were the more aggressive team.  Their size ended up a major difference in the game as well, with them scoring 52 points in the paint.”

Bowling Green scored the first nine points of the game to put the Crusaders in a quick 9-0 hole just 3:01 into the ballgame.  A pair of Milos Milosevic (Bar, Montenegro/Oakmont [Calif.] H.S. [Yuba College]) free throws put Valpo on the board, and short-range baskets by Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) and Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) kept the Crusaders within five points at 11-6 with 13:51 to go in the opening half.

But the Falcons rolled off a 14-2 run over the next 4:25 to push their lead up to 17 points at 25-8 midway through the opening stanza.  A 7-2 spurt later in the half by the Crusaders got them to within 37-22 with just over three minutes to play in the half, but Bowling Green went on a 12-2 run heading into halftime with a 49-24 edge.

A 9-2 spurt out of the locker room brought Valpo to within 18 points with 17:49 to play, but BGSU quickly pushed its lead back up into the 20s, where it remained for the better part of the next nine minutes.  Trailing by 21 with 8:08 to play, the Crusaders put together a 14-4 run over the next 3:30, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Broekhoff and Little, to close to 72-61 with 4:38 to go, but the Falcons scored the next six points to hold off the Valpo comeback.

Five Crusaders finished the game in double figures, paced by 16 points from McPherson, who also dished out a game-high seven assists.  Little scored 11 points to go along with a team-best six rebounds and four assists, while Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) added 11 points as well, his third straight game in double figures.  Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]) and Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) chipped in ten points each.

Valpo shot at a 46.4% (26-of-56) clip from the field for the game, but was just 6-of-20 (30%) from behind the arc.  The Crusaders also coughed up the ball 18 times, 13 of which came in the first half and led to 21 points off turnovers in the opening 20 minutes by the Falcons.

“We just turned the ball over way too many times, especially in the first half,” said Drew.  “13 turnovers in a half for us led to 21 points for Bowling Green, and that is just unacceptable.  A lot of them were just uncharacteristic, careless turnovers too; fumbling the ball away or just making bad decisions with the basketball.”

Bowling Green (14-12) had all five starters score at least 11 points, led by 20 points by Dee Brown.  Joe Jakubowski added 19 points as well, as the Falcons shot 54.5% (30-of-55) from the floor and 24-of-28 (85.7%) from the free throw line.

Valparaiso (15-15) closes out regular season play at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Friday evening live in front of a nationwide audience on ESPNU as the Crusaders host #18/13 Butler in the Horizon League finale for both teams.  Tip time is set for 8 p.m., and if you can’t make it to the game or catch it on TV, as always, it will be available on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WLPR, 89.1 FM, Lowell).  Valpo’s athletic website, www.valpoathletics.com, will have links for live audio and statistics as well.

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo