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Broekhoff Leads Way In Come-From-Behind Win Over Detroit
Play Video Ryan Broekhoff scored a career-best 26 points Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Broekhoff scored a career-best 26 points Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Detroit (12-12, 6-6)
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Valparaiso (16-8, 9-3)
2/2/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 3488
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Detroit452873
Valparaiso364278
Stats at a GlanceUDMVALPO
FG Percentage.473 (26-55) .545 (24-44)
3P FG Percentage.286 (6-21) .545 (12-22)
FT Percentage.750 (15-20) .750 (18-24)
Offensive Rebounds105
Defensive Rebounds1722
Total Rebounds2727
Turnovers915
Steals76
Bench Points1931
Statistical LeadersUDMVALPO
PointsSIMON - 14
McCALLUM - 14
HOLMAN - 14
BROEKHOFF - 26
ReboundsANDERSON - 7
EDWARDS - 6
AssistsMcCALLUM - 6
BUGGS - 4
KENNEY - 4
StealsMcCALLUM - 3
BROEKHOFF - 3
BlocksLOWE - 2
VAN WIJK - 2

Thursday, February 02, 2012

For the second straight game, Valparaiso erased a double-figure second-half deficit, as a career-high 26-point performance from junior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) helped lead the Crusaders to a 78-73 victory over Detroit Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Broekhoff matched the Crusaders’ program record for most 3-pointers in a game without a miss on Thursday, draining all six of his 3-point attempts to tie the mark set by Jared Nuness at Belmont in 1997.  The six triples also tied Broekhoff’s career high in a single game, set at Loyola his freshman year, while the junior’s 26 points surpassed his previous career best of 23 points from last season at Ohio.

“Watching film coming in, we thought Detroit was playing the best its been playing all season long,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “I think they came out and really took it to us in the first half; playing more aggressively and executing better.  After halftime, I think our guys dug in and played with a lot of heart – I think that with our team defense, boxing out and team rebounding, we really came together in the second half and were able to come back and earn the win.”

In a start of the second half reminiscent of last time out at Milwaukee, the Crusaders surrendered a pair of early baskets and trailed by 10 points at 49-39 with 19:06 to play.  But a 3-pointer from junior Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]) and a coast-to-coast layup by Broekhoff accounted for the next five points and extinguished any hopes of the Titans extending their lead.

The Titans’ lead was still eight at 55-47 five minutes into the half before a big sequence saw sophomore Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) get fouled on a shot attempt, followed immediately by a technical foul to a Detroit player.  Harris stepped up and hit all four free throw attempts to slice the lead in half, and then contributed a 3-pointer at the 12-minute mark as the Crusaders continued to slowly crawl back towards even, trailing 58-55 at that point.

While the defense helped keep Detroit stagnant, limiting the Titans to just 15 points over the game’s final 13 minutes, Valpo kept chopping away at the lead.  Back-to-back fast-break finishes by junior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) moved the Crusaders within 60-59 with under eight minutes to go.  After the teams traded buckets, Broekhoff got koose from deep up top on an inbounds play and canned his fifth trifecta of the night, giving Valpo a 64-62 lead with 5:41 remaining, its first lead since four minutes to go in the first half.

The junior then stepped up for his sixth triple at an even bigger juncture, as with the score tied and just over four minutes to play, Broekhoff found himself open on the right wing and after a brief hesitation let loose with his record-tying 3-pointer to give the Crusaders the 69-66 lead.  Redshirt junior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) stripped the ball on the other end, starting a fast break which ultimately culminated with an Edwards layup to push the lead to five points with 3:43 to go.

Valpo would do the rest of its damage from the free throw line after a Chase Simon 3-pointer cut the Crusader edge to 71-69 with two minutes to play.  The Crusaders hit just one of their first four from the line down the stretch, but forced a turnover and a missed shot from in close on the defensive end to maintain the lead.  Valpo then ended the night by hitting its final six from the charity stripe, with Van Wijk hitting a pair and Broekhoff adding four.

The first half was played at an extremely high-scoring clip, as Detroit would eventually claim a 45-36 halftime lead.  Broekhoff combined with redshirt junior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) for Valpo’s first 17 points, as Broekhoff had 11 early while Bogan canned a pair of triples within the first eight minutes.  However, Detroit still led 20-17 at that point.  The Crusaders would briefly re-gain the lead with just over four minutes to play in the half, as back-to-back 3-pointers by junior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) and Bogan put Valpo ahead 32-31, but the Titans closed the half on a 14-4 run.

Broekhoff was assisted on the offensive end by the efforts of Edwards, who came off the bench to contribute 16 points and a team-high six rebounds in 21 minutes.  Van Wijk closed out a trio of Crusaders in double figures as his late free throws gave him 10 points on the evening.  Led by Broekhoff’s record-tying night from downtown, Valpo shot 54.5% (12-of-22) from behind the arc and maintained that clip overall from the field while assisting on 17 of its 24 field goals.

Five Detroit (12-12, 6-6 Horizon) players, including four starters, closed Thursday night in double figures, with Simon, Ray McCallum and Eli Holman tying for team-high honors with 14 points.  McCallum also dished out six assists, while Doug Anderson added 12 points and seven rebounds.  The Titans shot at a blistering 61.5% (16-of-26) clip in the first 20 minutes, but were limited to 34.5% (10-of-29) in the second stanza.

Valparaiso (16-8, 9-3 Horizon) will attempt to maintain its spot in the top two of the league standings on Saturday evening when the Crusaders look to avenge their loss earlier this season against Wright State.  Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m., and as always, all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen online on the Horizon League Network.  Links to both the audio and video webcasts, as well as live stats and the Valpo Gameday page, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

Gameday Chat Archive:

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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