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Crusaders Fall to Detroit Saturday Evening
Matt Kenney squares up for three of his team-high 18 points Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Matt Kenney squares up for three of his team-high 18 points Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
DETROIT (18-9 (10-4))
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Valparaiso (20-7 (10-3))
2/16/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 5166
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DETROIT265884
Valparaiso373774
Stats at a GlanceDETROITVALPO
FG Percentage.533 (32-60) .500 (28-56)
3P FG Percentage.500 (4-8) .407 (11-27)
FT Percentage.762 (16-21) .700 (7-10)
Offensive Rebounds99
Defensive Rebounds1920
Total Rebounds2829
Turnovers818
Steals105
Bench Points1625
Statistical LeadersDETROITVALPO
PointsCALLISTE - 21
MINNERATH - 21
KENNEY - 18
ReboundsBRUINSMA - 10
VAN WIJK - 9
AssistsMcCALLUM - 6
BUGGS - 8
StealsMcCALLUM - 3
BOGAN - 2
BUGGS - 2
BlocksMcCALLUM - 2
KENNEY - 2
VAN WIJK - 2

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team led Detroit by 15 points with less than nine minutes remaining in front of a sellout crowd at the ARC and a national television audience on ESPN2 on Saturday evening, but the Titans scored 19 consecutive points to take the lead as the Crusaders eventually fell by a final of 84-74.

“Now we know how they felt back in January – we did it to them at their place, and they did it to us tonight,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “We couldn’t get stops on defense in the second half – they shot 67% - and we also turned the ball over too much, and I thought that was the big difference.”

Valpo led throughout the first half Saturday, getting out to a quick 8-2 lead on the back of a pair of triples by senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) and an inside bucket from senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) in the first two minutes.  The Crusaders went scoreless over a nearly five-minute stretch, but gave up just two baskets to the Titans over that time to maintain the lead.

Senior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) ended the drought with a 3-pointer with 13:13 left in the first half, pushing the advantage back to five points.  The Crusaders’ 3-point shooting and the play of Van Wijk inside helped increase the lead throughout the opening half.  A triple by fifth-year senior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) gave the Crusaders an 18-9 edge, and following six straight Detroit points, Valpo got a trio of baskets from Van Wijk and 3-pointers from Kenney and Bogan as part of a 12-5 stretch to make it a double-figure lead at 30-20 with 5:13 left in the half.

A layup by fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) and another 3-pointer by Kenney answered a Nick Minnerath bucket to make it a 35-22 lead with 2:37 to go in the opening stanza.  Minnerath knocked down two more jumpers to cut the lead to single digits, but the Crusaders got a pair of free throws from junior LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) in the final seconds as they led 37-26 at the break.

A pair of layups from Buggs helped get the Crusaders off to a strong start to the second half, as Valpo led 45-32 with 16 minutes to play.  Detroit responded with nine of the next 11 to pull within six points, but the Crusaders countered as Kenney connected on a 3-pointer and Buggs made his way inside for yet another basket.  A little later, Bogan sandwiched another Buggs inside conversion with a pair of triples, and when redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) hit a free throw with 10:14 to play, the Crusaders earned their largest lead at 61-46.

Kenney answered a mid-range Jason Calliste jumper with a mid-range shot of his own to maintain a 15-point edge at 63-48, but that would mark the start of the Crusader drought.  Over the next six minutes, Valpo would go 0-of-3 from the floor and commit five turnovers, while Detroit scored on eight of its next nine possessions, capped by a pair of putbacks from Evan Bruinsma to give the Titans a 67-63 lead with 3:35 to play.

Broekhoff snapped the scoreless skid with a pair of free throws following the under-four media break, but Minnerath connected from inside to again make it a four-point Detroit advantage.  The Crusaders were never able to make it a one-possession game the rest of the way, with a Bogan 3-pointer with 44 seconds to play bringing them as close as they would get, as it was 76-71 Detroit.  But the Titans hit their last eight free throws to close out the ballgame.

Valpo placed five players in double figures, led by 18 points off the bench from Kenney, who was 6-of-8 from the field, including four triples.  Bogan knocked down a season-best five 3-pointers for 15 points, while Buggs scored 12 points and dished out eight assists.  Broekhoff and Van Wijk each tallied 10 points as well, the latter doing it on perfect 5-of-5 shooting as he also paced Valpo with nine rebounds.  The Crusaders shot 50% (28-of-56) from the field and 11-of-27 (40.7%) from 3-point range, but were undone by 18 turnovers which Detroit turned into 25 points.

Detroit (18-9, 10-4 Horizon) received a game-high 21 points apiece from Calliste and Minnerath, while Ray McCallum scored 15 and Bruinsma 12 off the bench.  Bruinsma also led all players with 10 rebounds as he picked up the double-double.  Detroit shot 53.3% (32-of-60) for the game, including a 20-of-30 (66.7%) effort in the second half.

Valparaiso (20-7, 10-3 Horizon) returns to action at Loyola on Tuesday, still holding its destiny in its own hands if they win out.  The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen live on the Horizon League Network, with links for live audio, video and statistics available at ValpoAthletics.com.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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