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Crusaders Drop Road Contest at YSU Saturday
Richie Edwards led Valpo with 19 points Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Richie Edwards led Valpo with 19 points Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (18-9, 11-4 HL)
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Youngstown State (14-11, 9-6 HL)
2/11/2012 | Youngstown, Ohio (Beeghly Center) | Attendance: 3374
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Valparaiso203353
Youngstown State323971
Stats at a GlanceVALPOYSU
FG Percentage.319 (15-47) .431 (25-58)
3P FG Percentage.227 (5-22) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.783 (18-23) .800 (16-20)
Offensive Rebounds610
Defensive Rebounds2329
Total Rebounds2939
Turnovers139
Steals56
Bench Points195
Statistical LeadersVALPOYSU
PointsEDWARDS - 19
PERRY - 23
ReboundsBROEKHOFF - 11
BROOKS - 9
AssistsBUGGS - 3
BROOKS - 5
StealsEDWARDS - 1
SHELTON - 1
HARRIS - 1
KENNEY - 1
BROEKHOFF - 1
PERRY - 3
BlocksEDWARDS - 1
VUCIC - 1
EARGLE - 4

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A 16-0 first-half run by Youngstown State proved to be too much for Valparaiso to overcome on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders dropped a 71-53 decision in Horizon League play to the Penguins.

Junior Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]), making his first career start with junior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) sidelined due to injury, got the Crusaders off to a quick start on Saturday, scoring Valpo’s first 10 points over the opening five minutes.  Edwards hit a 3-pointer, two inside shots and went 3-of-4 from the foul line over the early stretch, helping give the Crusaders an early 10-5 advantage.

YSU scored the next five points to tie the game, but Valpo got 3-pointers from sophomore Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) and junior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) over the next three minutes, the latter giving the Crusaders a 16-12 lead with 11:37 to go in the first half.  That would be Valpo’s last point for over nine minutes, however, as the Crusaders went 0-for-6 from the floor and committed six turnovers during the stretch.  Meanwhile, the Penguins went 8-for-14 from the field in the same time span to go on a 16-0 run and go up 28-16.

A pair of free throws from junior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) with 2:17 to play in the opening half snapped the Crusaders’ scoreless stretch, but Youngstown State answered with the next four points.  Valpo would get the last basket of the half, however, as Broekhoff found Edwards inside for a layup inside the final minute to cap a 12-point half by Edwards and bring the Crusaders within 32-20 at the break.

The Crusaders had a run in them at the beginning of the second half thanks to the efforts of Broekhoff.  The junior had a putback basket on Valpo’s first possession and then converted a pair of free throws on the Crusaders’ next trip.  After Youngstown State got a pair of free throws from Damian Eargle, Broekhoff came down and hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-2 run spanning the two halves which pulled Valpo back within 34-27 with 18:33 to play.  But YSU scored the next 10 points over the next four minutes, and the Crusaders got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Edwards posted his fourth straight game of at least 16 points, going 6-for-11 from the floor in his first career start to finish with a team-high 19 points.  Broekhoff picked up his league-best tenth double-double of the year with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but went just 2-for-10 from the field, while Harris ended the night with 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting.  As a team, the Crusaders shot a season-worst 31.9% (15-of-47) and were just 5-of-22 from behind the arc.

Youngstown State (14-11, 9-6 Horizon) was led by Kendrick Perry’s 23-point effort on Saturday, while DuShawn Brooks knocked down ten 2-pointers to finish with 20 points.  Brooks also picked up nine rebounds as the Penguins out-rebounded the Crusaders, 39-29.

Valparaiso (18-9, 11-4 Horizon) maintained a half-game edge for first place in the league standings thanks to a Cleveland State loss earlier Saturday.  The Crusaders close out the Horizon League slate with a trio of home games, beginning Tuesday against UIC at the ARC at 7:05 p.m.  As always, all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen online on the Horizon League Network.  Links to both the audio and video webcasts, as well as live stats and the Valpo Gameday page, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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