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Crusaders Drop League Road Opener at Oakland
Lavonte Dority paced Valpo with 20 points Saturday.
Lavonte Dority paced Valpo with 20 points Saturday.
Valparaiso (9-8, 1-1 HL)
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Oakland (6-11, 1-1 HL)
1/4/2014 | Rochester, Mich. (Ath. Center O'rena) | Attendance: 2709
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso442670
Oakland334275
Stats at a GlanceVALPOOAK
FG Percentage.500 (24-48) .444 (24-54)
3P FG Percentage.435 (10-23) .476 (10-21)
FT Percentage.667 (12-18) .630 (17-27)
Offensive Rebounds69
Defensive Rebounds2620
Total Rebounds3229
Turnovers126
Steals54
Bench Points159
Statistical LeadersVALPOOAK
PointsDORITY - 20
MONDY - 24
ReboundsGUEYE - 11
PETROS - 8
AssistsDORITY - 5
FELDER - 5
StealsADEKOYA - 4
MONDY - 2
WILLIAMS - 2
BlocksFERNANDEZ - 3
McCUNE - 1

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Valparaiso led Oakland Saturday evening in Rochester, Mich. 61-50 as the clock ticked under 10 minutes to play, but the Golden Grizzlies used five 3-pointers over the last six minutes to out-score the Crusaders 25-9 the rest of the way as Valpo suffered its first Horizon League loss of the year, 75-70.

Entering the second half with an 11-point lead at the break, the Crusaders saw that lead sliced to 46-42 with 15:52 to play as Oakland started the second half on a 9-2 run.  But Valpo responded immediately, as sophomore Keith Carter (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East [Saint Louis]) drained a 3-pointer and freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) followed with a driving basket to push the lead back to nine points.

Two trips later, the Crusaders had a trio of inbounds play thanks to three Oakland fouls and capitalized on their third opportunity, as senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner.  After an Oakland miss, Carter came down and connected on his second triple of the half, giving the Crusaders their largest lead at 57-42 with 12:44 to go.

The Grizzlies snapped Valpo’s 11-0 run on their next possession courtesy of a 3-pointer from Mitch Baezinger, but despite Oakland getting its deficit back to single digits, Dority pushed the edge back to 61-50 with another triple at the 10:08 mark.

Valpo scored just one field goal over the next eight minutes, however, as the Grizzlies went on their big run to claim the lead.  Dority hit a pair of free throws with 7:15 to play over four straight Oakland points, and Peters finished an off-balance drive with 6:28 to go to make it 65-57 Crusaders.

But Duke Mondy and Travis Bader hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for the Grizzlies to make it a one-possession game, and Bader would give Oakland its first lead since early in the first half with a 3-pointer at the 3:32 mark.  Two trips later, Mondy made another triple with 2:25 to play to put the Crusaders behind 70-66.

Valpo would not fold, as Carter drove inside for a layup with two minutes to go, and after a pair of misses at the foul line by Oakland, Peters hit a long jumper to tie things up at 70-all.  Bader made his biggest shot of the night on the next trip, however, hitting a 27-footer with a hand in his face to give Oakland the lead for good.  The Grizzlies added a pair of free throws for the final margin, as the Crusaders were unable to connect on a pair of 3-point attempts in the final 40 seconds.

The game was tight and high-scoring in the early going, as Oakland led 14-12 just six minutes in.  The Crusaders held Oakland to just 19 points the remainder of the half while scoring 32 themselves to take a 44-33 lead into the locker room at the break.  Freshman Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) hit three first-half 3-pointers, including two during a key run late in the half which pushed a three-point lead to 13 points, while Dority and senior Jordan Coleman (North Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas [Southwestern Ill. College/Hawai'i]) also scored in double figures in the first half as well.

Dority paced Valpo on Saturday, finishing with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, while also handing out five assists and committing just one turnover.  The senior led five players in double figures, as Coleman and Peters ended the night with 12 points each, Williams scored 11 points and Carter chipped in 10 points.  Fifth-year senior Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/SEED Academy [Alabama/Lake Land (Ill.) College]) paced the Valpo effort on the glass with 11 rebounds and also blocked two shots, while junior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) tallied three blocks and freshman Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) came up with four steals.

Oakland (6-11, 1-1 Horizon) won its first league home game behind a season-high 24 points from Mondy, who connected on all four of his 3-point attempts after entering the game just 8-of-29 from deep on the season.  Bader finished with 20 points, including five 3-pointers, while Corey Petros contributed nine points and eight rebounds.

Valparaiso (9-8, 1-1 Horizon) returns to the ARC next Friday for a nationally-televised rematch of the 2013 Horizon League Championship against Wright State.  Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPNU, and as always, the game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  Links for the live audio and live stats will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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 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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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