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Valpo Falls at #5/5 Purdue
Matt Kenney scored nine points Wednesday evening. (Sabrina Short)
Matt Kenney scored nine points Wednesday evening. (Sabrina Short)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Valparaiso fell behind 22-3 just over seven minutes into the game, a deficit it could not overcome, as #5/5 Purdue went on to an 86-62 victory over the Crusaders Wednesday evening in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Boilermakers scored the first seven points of the game, getting back-to-back jumpers by JaJuan Johnson as well as an E’Twaun Moore 3-pointer.  Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) answered with a triple of his own on Valpo’s next possession to cut it to 7-3, but Purdue then rattled off 15 points in a row, including five more points from Johnson, to extend its lead to 19 points just 7:11 into the contest.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Wood (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo [Highland C.C./Southern Illinois]) halted the Boilermaker run, and following a pair of free throws by Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East [Iowa State]), Valpo had cut the lead to 22-8 with 11:04 remaining in the first half.  The 14-point deficit was as close as the Crusaders would get from that point, however, as Purdue extended its lead to an eventual 47-25 halftime advantage thanks to 17 first-half points from Moore.

Purdue cemented the game away as it came out of the halftime break with another 10-0 spurt to pull ahead by 32 points.  The Crusaders responded with a 16-6 spurt, including five points apiece by Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) and Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian), to cut the lead back down to 22.  But the Boilermakers would not let Valpo get any closer, extending their advantage to as much as 35 points with 6:15 to play before Valpo ended the game on a 15-4 run.

“Today showed how good of a defense Purdue has,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “They really make you work, pushing your offense out and making it tough just to catch the ball.  Then offensively, they really hurt us early with the 3-pointer, putting us down quickly.  I was pleased that we got better as the game went on, especially with handling their defensive pressure.”

Wood led the Crusaders with 21 points, coming off the bench for the first time in his Crusader career, and added a game-high nine rebounds as well.  Johnson chipped in 11 points and also came up with a career-best five steals on the defensive side of the ball.

Four Purdue (8-0) players finished in double figures in the scoring column, paced by 19 apiece from Moore and Johnson.  Robbie Hummel added 15 points, while Keaton Grant scored ten as well.  The Boilermakers connected on 52.7% (29-of-55) of their field goal attempts versus the Crusaders’ 42.2% (19-of-45) clip, while Valpo committed 18 turnovers and forced just 11 Purdue miscues.

“I am happy that we get to go back home and play two home games in a row coming up,” said Drew.  “It’s been tough on our guys being on the road for this long, and we’re eager to come back home and get to play on our home court in front of our fans.”

Valparaiso (3-6) returns home to the ARC for just its second regular season home game of the 2009-2010 campaign on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders host Toledo in a 2 p.m. matinee.  The game will be broadcast live on Lakeshore Public Television and online on the Horizon League Network, and as always, the game can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live statistics and video.

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
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