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Crusaders Use Second-Half Surge to Down Robert Morris
Bobby Capobianco led Valpo with 21 points and eight rebounds Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Bobby Capobianco led Valpo with 21 points and eight rebounds Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
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11/3/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 2546
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Robert Morris (Ill.)372764
Valparaiso395392
Stats at a GlanceRMUVALPO
FG Percentage.429 (24-56) .492 (31-63)
3P FG Percentage.474 (9-19) .143 (3-21)
FT Percentage.636 (7-11) .794 (27-34)
Offensive Rebounds617
Defensive Rebounds1729
Total Rebounds2346
Turnovers2216
Steals1215
Bench Points1535
Statistical LeadersRMUVALPO
PointsDUMAS - 19
CAPOBIANCO - 21
ReboundsMONTGOMERY - 8
CAPOBIANCO - 8
AssistsMONTGOMERY - 5
BUGGS - 5
StealsDUMAS - 5
BUGGS - 4
BlocksMcKINNEY - 1
DUMAS - 1
BRADLEY - 1
SANE - 1
FERNANDEZ - 3

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Valparaiso used a 20-3 run to start the second half to defeat Robert Morris (Ill.), which entered the game ranked fourth in the nation among NAIA schools, by a final of 92-64 on Saturday evening at the ARC in exhibition action.  The game was the second of Valpo's two exhibition contests.

“Robert Morris is ranked fourth in the NAIA right now – we knew they were an excellent program and have a lot of very good players, a number of which come from Chicago,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “As a coach, I was interested to play them because of their quickness, something that you can't simulate in practice.  I thought the first half, we really struggled with that quickness.  Then, in the second half, we were able to get the ball inside more and get more baskets at the rim.”

After leading by just two at the break, 39-37, the Crusaders ran away with the game in the second half.  Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) started the half off on the right foot with a driving basket and a 3-pointer on Valpo's first two possessions.  The Crusaders utilized the fast break during the 20-3 run, scoring nine points either on fast break baskets or at the free throw line following fouls on the break.

Fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell), senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) and senior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) all closed out fast breaks with layups during the spurt, while the Valpo defense held Robert Morris to 1-for-5 shooting and six turnovers in the same stretch.  By the time Buggs converted a layup on a drive down the paint just 5:26 into the half, Valpo led by 19 points at 59-40, having scored 20 points in that time span.

The Eagles would get no closer than 16 points the rest of the way, and Valpo pulled away, capping its lead at the final margin of 28 points on a short-range putback by redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) in the final minute.  The Crusaders outscored Robert Morris 53-27 over the final 20 minutes, with 30 of those points coming in the paint as well as 20 off turnovers.

It was a first half of momentum swings, as Valpo claimed the first push.  Six different Crusaders scored in a 14-5 run over the game's opening 6:19, capped by a Broekhoff 3-pointer.  But over the next six minutes, the Eagles outscored Valpo by a 23-6 margin to go ahead 28-20 with seven and a half minutes to go in the opening period.  The Crusaders responded with 10 straight points to re-take the lead and would eventually go into the locker room with a two-point lead thanks to a steal and fast-break layup by Kenney in the half's waning seconds.

Capobianco paced Valpo off the bench on Saturday night, scoring a game-high 21 points while also grabbing eight rebounds, six of which came off the offensive glass.  The redshirt junior led four Crusaders in double figures.  Broekhoff scored 15 and added seven rebounds, while Buggs hit 6-of-7 from the floor for 14 points to go with team highs of five assists and four steals.  Van Wijk, who sat out last Saturday's exhibition, saw just 15 minutes of action, but went 5-for-6 from the field for 14 points and six rebounds.

Valparaiso, which dressed just nine players on Saturday, shot just a click under 50% against the Eagles (31-of-63), but hit at a 66.7% clip (28-of-42) from inside the arc.  The Crusaders also were solid at the free throw line, hitting 27-of-34 (79.4%), and doubled Robert Morris in the rebounding column, 46-23.

Robert Morris was led by 19 points from Larry Dumas.  Brian Bradley scored 11 for the Eagles, who hit six of their nine 3-pointers in the first half to be within striking distance at the break, while Sean Montgomery added 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

“With the guys we had out there tonight, we only had five players who played for us last year,” said Drew.  “There's a lot of combinations that we put out on the floor who have very little experience playing together.  As coaches, we're trying to use these games to help figure out which combinations play well together.”

Valparaiso opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 at approximately 7:30 p.m. as the Crusaders welcome Georgia Southern to the ARC.  Fans are encouraged to wear white to help “White Out” the ARC.  The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen live on the Horizon League Network, with links to both, as well as live stats, available at www.valpoathletics.com.  Live video, stats and interactive chat will be running through www.valpogameday.com as well.

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