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Crusaders Can’t Complete Comeback Sunday at ETSU
Vashil Fernandez posted his second double-double of the year Sunday.
Vashil Fernandez posted his second double-double of the year Sunday.
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12/29/2013 | MSHA Athletic Center (Johnson City, TN) | Attendance: 2462
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Valparaiso214162
ETSU423173
Stats at a GlanceVALPOETSU
FG Percentage.411 (23-56) .386 (22-57)
3P FG Percentage.211 (4-19) .476 (10-21)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .760 (19-25)
Offensive Rebounds168
Defensive Rebounds2920
Total Rebounds4528
Turnovers249
Steals514
Bench Points2629
Statistical LeadersVALPOETSU
PointsDORITY - 14
RILEY - 19
ReboundsFERNANDEZ - 14
HARRIS - 8
AssistsWILLIAMS - 5
McCLAIN - 5
StealsPETERS - 2
COLEMAN - 2
MERRIWEATHER - 5
BlocksFERNANDEZ - 3
HARRIS - 5

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team sliced a 23-point deficit early in the second half down to seven points on two occasions, but could get no closer as East Tennessee State earned a 73-62 victory over the Crusaders Sunday evening in Johnson City, Tenn.

Coming out of the locker room trailing 42-21, the Crusaders started the second half with a lineup of LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]), Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist), Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington), David Chadwick (Charlotte, N.C./Hargrave Military Academy [Rice]) and Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy).  The quintet would surrender the first two points of the half on a pair of free throws just over a minute in before putting together a run.

The spurt started with a dunk by Fernandez off a feed from Williams.  Two possessions later, the freshman point guard nailed a 3-pointer and followed the next possession with a driving layup to cut the deficit to 44-28, forcing an ETSU timeout.

The stoppage scarcely slowed down the Valpo run, as out of the timeout, Chadwick came up with a steal and Dority finished the ensuing possession with a basket at the rim, followed by a Chadwick turnaround jumper to make it 44-32.  Two possessions later, Peters tallied a steal and hit Dority on the break, who completed an old-fashioned 3-point play to cut the margin to single digits at 44-35 with 13:19 to play, closing out a 14-0 run.

The Buccaneers scored on each of their next three possessions to push the lead back to 13 points, but Peters drained a triple to keep Valpo in the game and Williams found Fernandez for another inside basket.  Following an ETSU 3-pointer, the Crusaders drew fouls on each of their next two trips, with Dority and Peters both converting their pairs of free throws to bring the Crusaders within 54-47 with 8:48 to go.

The lead would hover between nine and 11 points for the next few minutes before a layup by Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) made it 60-53 with 5:17 to play.  ETSU scored the next seven points over a span of 3:30 to stretch the lead back out to 14 points, however, and the Crusaders were unable to move any closer than the final margin in the endgame.

Valpo scored on each of its first two offensive trips on Sunday on layups from Dority and Adekoya, but would then go without a field goal for more than seven minutes.  ETSU would lead by double figures at the first time at the 10:00 mark, going ahead 18-8.  The Bucs’ Jalen Riley scored eight straight points over a span of just 1:14 to give ETSU a 29-12 lead, and after Dority drained a 3-pointer to make it 29-18 with 4:15 to go in the half, ETSU closed the first half on a 13-3 run.

Dority led the Crusaders with 14 points, but was just 1-of-6 from deep as Valpo shot just 4-of-19 (21.1%) as a team from downtown.  Peters scored 13 points and came up one board shy of a double-double with nine rebounds. 

Meanwhile, Fernandez posted his second career double-double, finishing with 10 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and three blocked shots.  The junior played the entire second half and posted 10 points and nine rebounds in the second half alone.  The efforts of Fernandez and Peters led Valpo to a 45-28 edge on the glass over the Bucs.  Williams tied for game-high honors with five assists.

Riley led East Tennessee State (7-6) with 19 points off the bench, while Rashawn Rembert added 16 points.  ETSU shot 47.6% (10-of-21) from beyond the 3-point line and scored 27 points off 24 Crusader turnovers, tallying 14 steals, led by five from A.J. Merriweather.

Valparaiso (8-7) opens Horizon League play after the calendar turns to 2014, hosting UIC at the ARC at 7:05 p.m. Thursday evening, January 2.  The game can be seen live exclusively on ESPN3.com, and as always, can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  Links for the live video and audio, as well as live stats, will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

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