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Valpo Places Seven in Double Figures In Win Over PNC
Brandon Wood registered 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists Thursday. (Laura Jacobsen)
Brandon Wood registered 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists Thursday. (Laura Jacobsen)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Seven players scored in double figures as Valparaiso shot 67.9% from the floor and enjoyed a +38 advantage in the rebound column in a 98-44 victory over Purdue North Central Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Crusaders hit 38-of-56 from the field, including a 30-of-35 effort from inside the arc, during Thursday’s victory.  On the glass, Valpo grabbed 14 of its 23 live-ball misses, tallying more offensive rebounds than PNC had total rebounds (13).  The Crusaders finished the game with 51 total rebounds against the Panthers’ 13.

“I thought in the second half we really played much better, we were much more intense and focused,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “Our theme was solid defense in the second half, to keep guys in front, rebound and then sprint the floor.  I thought in the first half we had too many turnovers and just were playing sloppy, but in the second half we were much better.”

Sophomore Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) paced the Crusaders in both the scoring and rebounding columns Thursday, registering game highs of 18 points and nine rebounds.  Sophomore Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp), making his first career start, hit 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the foul line for 17 points while also grabbing seven rebounds.

Redshirt junior Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) filled up the stat sheet Thursday, scoring 16 points, grabbing six rebounds and setting a new career best with a game-high seven assists.  Senior Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian) came off the bench to score 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting while also pulling down six boards.

Also off the bench, freshman Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) and sophomore Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) recorded 11 points and three assists apiece, the latter doing it on a perfect 4-of-4 clip from the field.  Senior Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) rounded out the group of seven Crusaders in double figures with 10 points to go along with five rebounds.

Purdue North Central, an NAIA squad which was playing Thursday’s game as an exhibition contest, hung around with Valpo in the early going thanks to some hot shooting from behind the arc.  The Panthers connected on 5-of-8 3-pointers over the first eight-plus minutes to move within 19-15 with 11:56 to play in the opening half.  But the Crusaders scored the next seven points over a span of 2:30 to gain some separation. 

Then, leading just 29-21 with 8:02 to go in the first half, Valpo posted a 13-3 run, including seven points from Broekhoff, to push the lead into double figures for good.  The Crusaders eventually took a 42-26 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

PNC knocked down a 3-pointer out of the halftime break to cut its deficit down to 13 points, but Valpo quickly put the game away, connecting on its first eight field goal attempts of the second half as part of a 21-5 run.  Van Wijk and Broekhoff each had five points apiece during the spurt, with the latter capping the run with a fast-break layup to give Valpo a 63-34 lead with 13:42 remaining.  The 21-5 run was part of a second half in which the Crusaders outscored PNC 56-18 to cruise to the victory.

The Crusaders registered assists on 27 of their 38 baskets Thursday, led by Wood’s seven as well as five from sophomore Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell).  Buggs, the only Valpo player who played and did not score a point, also pulled down six rebounds.

“I thought we made some good adjustments on our 3-point shooting in the second half as well,” said Drew.  “In the first half, we were 1-of-10 shooting the three, but we adjusted, started making the extra pass and saw the floor well, and ended up hitting 7-of-11 in the second half.”

PNC was led by 12 points from Matt Demler on 5-of-10 shooting.  Jordan Delks and Nick Neal each chipped in nine points apiece, with the latter also registering a game-high five steals.  Jordan Wiseman handed out four assists as well for the Panthers.

Valparaiso (2-1) returns to play as part of the Las Vegas Invitational with a road game Tuesday at Ohio.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CST, and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City) and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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