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Crusaders Remain Perfect at Home With 20-Point Win
Matt Kenney scored 15 points in his first start of the season Thursday. (Avery Webster Davis)
Matt Kenney scored 15 points in his first start of the season Thursday. (Avery Webster Davis)
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Valparaiso (8-4)
12/20/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 1644
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IUPUI383169
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Stats at a GlanceIUPUIVALPO
FG Percentage.453 (24-53) .500 (32-64)
3P FG Percentage.500 (7-14) .190 (4-21)
FT Percentage1.000 (14-14) .808 (21-26)
Offensive Rebounds517
Defensive Rebounds1624
Total Rebounds2141
Turnovers138
Steals16
Bench Points1223
Statistical LeadersIUPUIVALPO
PointsJohn HART - 18
BROEKHOFF - 17
ReboundsDonovan GIBBS - 7
BROEKHOFF - 9
AssistsIan CHILES - 3
KENNEY - 6
StealsP.J. HUBERT - 1
BOGAN - 2
DORITY - 2
BlocksSean ESPOSITO - 1
John HART - 1
BROEKHOFF - 1
CAPOBIANCO - 1

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team remained perfect at home this season, winning its sixth straight home game as the Crusaders earned an 89-69 victory Thursday night over IUPUI at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“We’ve had a really good last 48 hours with our team and got the chance to work on a lot of things,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “We really focused coming into tonight on playing extremely hard for the entire 40 minutes, and I thought our defensive pressure was the hardest we’ve played for the entire 40 minutes this season.”

Valpo placed a season-high five players in double figures Thursday, led by 17 points from senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport).  Broekhoff also added a game-high nine rebounds, missing his second straight double-double by just one board, and also handed out four assists.  Senior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville), inserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season, responded with a 15-point effort, just one off his season high, and also led all players with six assists, just one shy of his career high in the category.

Senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) also tallied 15 points in a foul-plagued 19 minutes, including a perfect 5-of-5 effort from the floor.  Senior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) chipped in a season-high 12 points, while redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) came off the bench with a 10-point, seven-rebound effort to round out the quintet in double figures.

A two-point Crusader lead at the break turned into a two-point IUPUI advantage less than a minute into the second half, as a fast-break jumper by Ian Chiles gave the Jaguars a 42-40 lead with 19:01 to play.  But Valpo responded with a 15-2 run over the next four-plus minutes, as five different Crusaders took turns finding the basket to help push the lead to 55-44 with 14:46 to play.

A pair of free throws by the Jaguars would not slow down the Valpo momentum, as the Crusaders then rattled off 12 consecutive points in a span of just over three minutes to cap a 27-4 run, making it a 67-46 ballgame with 11:08 to play.  Seven different players scored during the 27-4 stretch, led by seven points from Broekhoff and six by Boggs.

IUPUI would rally, however, as a fast-break layup by Kenney accounted for the only Crusader points over the next 5:39.  During that stretch, the Jaguars put 15 points on the board, including eight from Greg Rice, and when Chiles hit a pair from the free throw line with 5:29 on the clock, Valpo’s lead was just 69-61.

The Crusaders did not break though, allowing IUPUI to get no closer.  Junior LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) hit a pair of free throws on Valpo’s next trip to push the lead back into double figures, starting a closing stretch in which the Crusaders scored on nine of their final 10 possessions.  Broekhoff found Kenney for a layup on the break following a Jaguar turnover and then converted an old-fashioned 3-point play on the Crusaders’ next possession as Valpo scored seven straight to make it 76-61 with 4:02 to play, and IUPUI would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Valpo hit exactly 50% (32-of-64) of its field goal attempts on Thursday, including 26 baskets in the paint, as it held a 52-22 advantage in points in the paint over the Jaguars.  The Crusaders also were solid at the free throw line, knocking down 21-of-26 (80.8%).  On the glass, Valpo owned a 41-21 edge, its fourth double-figure advantage in rebounds this season, and also handed out 18 assists versus just eight turnovers.

IUPUI (4-10) placed four starters in double figures, led by 18 points from John Hart.  Donovan Gibbs added 11 points and seven rebounds, Rice 11 points and Chiles 10 points.  The Jaguars were a perfect 14-of-14 from the foul line on the night.

Valparaiso (8-4) closes out the pre-Christmas slate Saturday afternoon with a 1:35 p.m. tip time against Purdue Calumet at the ARC.  The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen live on the Horizon League Network.  Links for both, as well as live stats, will be available at ValpoAthletics.com, while ValpoGameday.com will be open, your one-stop shop for the live video, stats and interactive chat.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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