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Crusaders Pull Out Road Win at YSU
Moussa Gueye had 11 points and six rebounds Thursday evening.
Moussa Gueye had 11 points and six rebounds Thursday evening.
Valparaiso (12-9, 4-2 HL)
at
Youngstown State (12-9, 3-3 HL)
1/23/2014 | Youngstown, Ohio (Beeghly Center) | Attendance: 1938
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Valparaiso274774
Youngstown State363571
Stats at a GlanceVALPOYSU
FG Percentage.462 (24-52) .435 (20-46)
3P FG Percentage.308 (4-13) .333 (6-18)
FT Percentage.880 (22-25) .781 (25-32)
Offensive Rebounds124
Defensive Rebounds2316
Total Rebounds3520
Turnovers149
Steals66
Bench Points237
Statistical LeadersVALPOYSU
PointsDORITY - 27
HAIN - 16
ReboundsPETERS - 7
HAIN - 8
AssistsWILLIAMS - 2
PERRY - 3
BELIN - 3
COLE - 3
StealsCARTER - 1
DORITY - 1
GUEYE - 1
FERNANDEZ - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
ADEKOYA - 1
PERRY - 2
BlocksFERNANDEZ - 2
HAIN - 1

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In a game which saw nearly the entirety of the final 12 minutes played with no more than a three-point lead either way, it was Valparaiso which consistently came up with plays down the stretch, as the Crusaders scored on 12 of their final 13 possessions, including a perfect 8-of-8 effort from the foul line in the final minute, to pull out a 74-71 victory at Youngstown State on Thursday evening.

Kamren Belin connected on a triple for the Penguins with 2:14 to play to erase a two-point Crusader lead and give YSU the advantage, but Valpo came back down and got a driving layup from sophomore Keith Carter (Maywood, Ill./Proviso East [Saint Louis]) to re-claim the lead at 66-65.  Belin was then fouled on YSU’s next possession and hit two free throws, but senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) answered by hitting both ends of a 1-and-1 with 55.8 seconds to play to make it 68-67 Crusaders.

After a timeout by each team, the Penguins missed a 3-pointer on their next possession and fifth-year senior Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/SEED Academy [Alabama/Lake Land (Ill.) College]) closed out his strong night by securing the rebound and drawing a foul.  Gueye calmly stepped up to the line and hit both free throws to push the lead to three points with 24.3 seconds remaining.

YSU split a pair on its next possession to make it 70-68 Valpo with 12.1 seconds to play, and following a timeout, the Crusaders were able to successfully run five seconds off the clock before Dority was fouled.  The senior hit both free throws to make it a two-possession game, but Kendrick Perry hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 72-71 with 1.8 seconds to go.  Before the ball was inbounded, Carter was fouled, but the sophomore calmly hit both free throws for the final score, as the Penguins’ final halfcourt heave was off the mark.

It was a tight game throughout the second half thanks to a spirited rally at the start of the second half, led by Dority.  A mid-range jumper from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) and a 3-pointer by Dority on the Crusaders’ first two possessions quickly cut a nine-point deficit to four points, and four minutes into the half, Peters knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game.  Freshman Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) finished inside to tie the game up just 4:33 into the second half, as Valpo out-scored the Penguins 13-4 over the opening stretch.

YSU briefly reclaimed the lead, but Dority nailed a deep jumper and then took a feed from freshman Clay Yeo (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) on the fast break and hit a 3-pointer for his 10th point of the second half, just 6:44 into the period.  Then, following a timeout, the Penguins were assessed a technical foul, with Dority hitting two free throws to give Valpo its largest lead at 47-42 with 13:08 to play.

Dority picked up his fourth foul just 39 seconds later, forcing him to the bench for a stretch, and the Penguins took advantage, scoring eight straight to go ahead 50-47 with 9:28 to go.  A pair of baskets from Adekoya over the next two minutes kept Valpo within one possession, with the second of the two starting the extremely efficient offense over the closing stretch.

Peters would keep the Crusaders within one point with a putback with 6:47 to play, and a fast-break 3-point play from Adekoya tied things up at 56 apiece inside of six minutes to go.  YSU scored a pair of points on each of its next three possessions, but Carter hit a short jumper in the paint and then Gueye was able to get deep post position on consecutive trips, hitting two free throws and then converting a layup to make it 62-62 with 3:45 remaining.  Carter then came up with a steal on the defensive end and finished on the fast break to give the Crusaders a two-point lead and set up the final sequence.

Valpo needed a rally early in the second half to get back into the game after a fitful first 20 minutes.  The Crusaders shot just 9-of-26 (34.6%) from the field in the first half and committed 11 turnovers which YSU converted into 17 points.  The game was tied at 13 just over 11 minutes in, but YSU went on a 13-3 run to take a double-digit lead, one which it pushed to as much as 11 points before Dority drove for a layup in the waning seconds of the half to make it 36-27 at the break.

Dority continued his strong recent play, as the reigning Horizon League co-Player of the Week finished with 27 points for the second straight game.  The senior went 8-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from downtown, and was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.  Adekoya finished with 13 points, going 4-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the line, and Gueye closed in double figures for just the second time as a Crusader, scoring a career-best 11 points, including a perfect 5-of-5 mark from the stripe.

Peters led a balanced Crusader effort on the boards, pulling down seven rebounds, while Gueye added six rebounds and Adekoya and junior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) each grabbed five boards.  Valpo ended the night with a 35-20 edge on the glass and scored 14 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds.  The Crusaders continued their strong free throw shooting of late as well, going 22-of-25 (88%) from the line, their third straight game over 80%.

Youngstown State (12-9, 3-3 Horizon) received 16 points and eight rebounds from Bobby Hain, while Perry was second on the team with 15 points.  Valpo held Perry without a field goal for over 14 and a half minutes in the second half until his last-second 3-pointer, however.  Ryan Weber chipped in 14 points and DJ Cole 12 as well.

Valparaiso (12-9, 4-2 Horizon) looks for the rare Horizon League road trip sweep on Saturday afternoon at Cleveland State.  Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT, and as always, the game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  Links for the live video and audio, as well as live stats, will be available at 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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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