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Crusaders Hang Tough, Eventually Succumb to #10/15 Purdue
Jake Diebler tied for team-high scoring honors with 13 points.
Jake Diebler tied for team-high scoring honors with 13 points.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Valparaiso led for a good portion of the first half Sunday afternoon at #10/15 Purdue and trailed by just two at halftime, but the Boilermakers connected on four of their first five 3-point attempts in the second stanza and the Crusaders got no closer than six the rest of the way, dropping a 59-45 decision.

“I was really proud of our effort and defensive intensity today,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “It’s a great accomplishment to hold Purdue to just 59 points [its lowest scoring output of the season].  You have to get credit to Purdue and their defense, though.  They not only make it tough to get good shots, but also make it tough to even just pass the ball and get into an offense.”

An early three-point play by Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) propelled the Crusaders to the lead for better than seven minutes, as both teams struggled from the field in the early stages of the first half.  Twice midway through the stanza, Purdue gained the lead, first at 7-6 and then again at 12-10, but both times Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) drilled 3-pointers to swing the score back in Valpo’s favor.

The Boilermakers would regain the advantage on back-to-back threes by Keaton Grant and E’Twaun Moore and pulled ahead by three at 21-18 with 4:54 to play in the half on a Robbie Hummel basket.  Out of a timeout following Hummel’s bucket, sophomore Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) responded, hitting a basket, grabbing a defensive rebound, and then converting an old-fashioned 3-point play to put Valpo up 23-21.

Purdue utilized the trifecta to take the lead back, getting two in a row by Bobby Riddell to push the advantage to 27-23.  But Valpo held the Boilermakers scoreless over the final 2:15 of the half, and an Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) floater made it a 27-25 game at the break in favor of Purdue.

The Boilermakers heated up from behind the arc at the start of the second half, as Moore’s fourth triple of the game pushed their advantage to 41-31.  Valpo’s defense locked Purdue down for the next three minutes, however, as the Boilermakers missed six straight shots and the Crusaders clawed back to within six points on baskets by Diebler and Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian), the latter making it a 41-35 game at the under-12 media timeout.

Purdue put the game away out of the media break, though, getting a triple by Hummel right out of the timeout to push the lead back up to nine points.  Hummel’s 3-pointer sparked a 12-3 Boilermaker spurt spanning seven minutes, and when Moore knocked down a pair of free throws with 4:37 remaining, the Purdue lead was up to 53-38.

Diebler and Igbavboa tied for team-high scoring honors on the game with 13 points apiece.  Diebler connected on three of Valpo’s four triples for the contest, while Igbavboa paced the Crusaders with three assists as well.  Little pitched in eight points and also pulled down a team-high ten rebounds, his second double-figure rebounding output of the season.

Moore led all players with 14 points, while JaJuan Johnson added ten points for Purdue (11-2).  Hummel, the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, was held to just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting by the Crusader defense, but grabbed a game-best 11 caroms.

Valparaiso (3-9) returns to the ARC on Tuesday, Dec. 30 as the Crusaders host Division III opponent North Park.  Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m., and as always, all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WWLO, 89.1 FM, Lowell) and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live stats and video.

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 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 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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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