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Valpo Falls Sunday Afternoon at Saint Louis
Matt Kenney and the Crusaders fell at Saint Louis Sunday. (Avery Webster Davis)
Matt Kenney and the Crusaders fell at Saint Louis Sunday. (Avery Webster Davis)
Valparaiso (5-2)
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Saint Louis (4-3)
12/2/2012 | St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena) | Attendance: 6357
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso242549
Saint Louis313162
Stats at a GlanceVALPOSLU
FG Percentage.326 (15-46) .556 (20-36)
3P FG Percentage.238 (5-21) .444 (4-9)
FT Percentage.700 (14-20) .667 (18-27)
Offensive Rebounds103
Defensive Rebounds1624
Total Rebounds2627
Turnovers1818
Steals68
Bench Points1617
Statistical LeadersVALPOSLU
PointsKENNEY - 10
BROEKHOFF - 10
VAN WIJK - 10
EVANS - 17
ReboundsBROEKHOFF - 7
JETT - 6
AssistsBUGGS - 4
JETT - 7
StealsBROEKHOFF - 3
JETT - 3
BlocksREMEKUN - 3

Sunday, December 02, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team shot just better than 32 percent from the field Sunday afternoon in losing its second game of the season, falling 62-49 on the road against the Saint Louis Billikens at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. The loss snapped Valpo’s three-game winning streak.

“Saint Louis is one of the better defensive teams in the country,” head coach Bryce Drew said of the Billikens, who were playing just a day removed from the passing of their head coach, Rick Majerus.  “We knew tonight, with all the emotions from the last 24 hours, that they would come out and give us their best.”

Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport), Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) and Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) each scored 10 points for the Crusaders, who were held below 50 total points for just the second time this season.  The Crusaders struggled from behind the arc, hitting just 5-of-21 three-pointers after entering play hitting more than 40 percent of their 3-pointers on the season

The Crusaders jumped out to an early 5-0 lead just more than a minute into the game following a Van Wijk deuce and a triple from Broekhoff.  Saint Louis received a three-pointer from Cody Ellis to send the two teams into the first media timeout tied 7-7.  Neither team led by more than three points over the subsequent six minutes and it remained tied 15-15 with 10:08 to play in the opening half.

Moments later, after a missed three-pointer, Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) grabbed an offensive rebound and threw down an emphatic, one-handed baseline dunk to give Valpo the lead back at the 9:28 mark. Two possessions later, Jordan Coleman (North Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas [Southwestern Ill. College/Hawai'i]) helped the Crusaders claim a 19-15 advantage with a transition layup.      

Saint Louis began to assert control from that point on, unfurling a 10-0 run that was capped off by a Dwayne Evans dunk.  The Crusaders were outscored 16-5 in the final eight minutes of the half and trailed 31-24.  Valpo hit just eight field goals in the stanza.

The Crusaders cut away at the deficit to begin the second half.  Jordair Jett scored the opening basket for Saint Louis, but Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) replied with a trey and Van Wijk drilled a pair of free throws to pull Valpo to within 33-29 with 17:26 left in the game.  The Billikens responded with a 12-2 spurt to push the margin to double digits at 45-31 with 12:19 remaining.  The Saint Louis advantage would swell to as much as 16 in the second half.

Trailing 49-33, the Crusaders pieced together a 12-4 run to close to within eight points at 53-45 with 3:32 to play. Kenney fueled the uprising, knocking down a pair of three-pointers during the stretch.

“In the second half, I thought we got a group together that competed well,” Drew said. “They were able to control the boards and gave us a chance to cut into the lead.”

The Crusaders grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the game, including three from Fernandez who had five total boards.  Broekhoff snatched seven caroms to go along with his 10 points. Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) scored five points and added four assists.

Saint Louis shot 55.6 percent from the field and saw three players reach double figures, led by Evans who scored 17. Jett contributed 14 on 5-of-7 shooting, while Mike McCall Jr. chimed in with 10 points.  The Billikens were efficient from long range – hitting 4-of-9 from deep – and effective inside, outscoring the Crusaders 30-18 in the paint.

“We’ve got to get better,” Drew said. “We’ve just got to keep improving. We play non-conference games so we can learn and we can get a lot better, and we can definitely learn from this game and get a lot better from it.”

Valparaiso (5-2) returns home to battle IPFW on Wednesday from the Athletics-Recreation Center.  Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m. The game can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  Links for the live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at valpoathletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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