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Flames' Hot Shooting Downs Crusaders
Shawn Huff scored a team-high 19 points Monday.
Shawn Huff scored a team-high 19 points Monday.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Box Score

UIC hit nine of its first 10 shots in the second half, including six 3-pointers, as the Flames pulled away for a 77-53 victory over Valparaiso Monday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.

“UIC is a great home team [11-1 on the season],” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “They always play well and shoot extremely well at their place, and I think we saw that tonight, especially in the second half.”

The Crusader seniors got the team going in the first half Monday.  Calum MacLeod (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley [Northeastern J.C.]), making his first start of the season, scored a quick basket to give Valpo the early lead, and Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) followed with two triples to put the Crusaders up 8-3 two minutes in.  UIC scored the next 10 points, however, to take a five-point lead of its own.

The Flames worked the lead up to double digits at 22-12 with 10:09 to go in the first half on a Josh Mayo 3-pointer, and enjoyed their largest advantage of the opening stanza with 7:36 remaining at 25-14.  But Huff stepped up, hitting 3-pointers on back-to-back Crusader possessions to cut the lead down to seven points.

Fellow senior Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) took over from there, scoring eight points of his own.  Loyd’s second straight triple tied the ballgame at 28 with 4:35 remaining in the half, capping a 14-3 Valpo run.  After a UIC basket, Loyd knocked down another jumper to tie the game at 30, but the Flames scored the final four points of the half to take a 34-30 edge into the break.

“Jarryd and Shawn really sparked our team late in the first half,” said Drew.  “Both of them hit some big shots and made some plays for us to get UIC’s halftime lead down to four points.”

Huff hit another jumper to open the second half to cut the deficit down to two points, and after UIC had extended the lead, Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) hit a 3-pointer of his own to bring Valpo back to within two points at 40-38 with 16:48 to play.  But the Flames knocked down six straight baskets and hit all four of their free throw attempts following Haanpää’s triple, putting together a 22-3 run over the next 6:13 to go ahead by 21 points and take control of the game.

Huff led Valpo with 19 points, 14 of which came in the opening 20 minutes.  Loyd was the only other Crusader to reach double figures, pouring in 14 points to go along with five assists.  Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) paced Valpo on the boards with seven rebounds.

Josh Mayo led three UIC (14-10, 8-5 Horizon) starters in double digits with 18 points.  Scott VanderMeer contributed 13 points and game-high totals of eight rebounds and five blocks, while Spencer Stewart added 11 points and six assists.

“Three of our starters have been dealing with illness this week, and I think it showed tonight, with guys not being able to play full speed and getting fatigued quicker than normal,” said Drew.  “The biggest thing these next couple days is for us to try to get everybody healthy and ready to go for our home games Thursday and Saturday night.”

Valparaiso (14-10, 5-7 Horizon) returns to the ARC on Thursday, February 14 as the Crusaders host Cleveland State.  Thursday is Bryce Drew Bobblehead Night presented by Pepsi, with the first 1,000 fans through the gates receiving a free bobblehead.  Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WWLO, 89.1 FM, Lowell) or online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  The game will also be broadcast throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore Public Television, and can also be viewed online through the Horizon League Network.

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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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
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 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo