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Crusaders Fall to Top-20 New Mexico Squad
Ryan Broekhoff led all players with 24 points Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Broekhoff led all players with 24 points Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (6-3)
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#18/20 New Mexico (10-0)
12/8/2012 | The Pit/Bob King Court | Attendance: 15244
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Valparaiso252752
#18/20 New Mexico293665
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUNM
FG Percentage.486 (18-37) .426 (20-47)
3P FG Percentage.444 (8-18) .385 (5-13)
FT Percentage.615 (8-13) .645 (20-31)
Offensive Rebounds16
Defensive Rebounds2119
Total Rebounds2225
Turnovers2310
Steals49
Bench Points1223
Statistical LeadersVALPOUNM
PointsBROEKHOFF - 24
ADAMS - 12
WALKER - 12
KIRK - 12
ReboundsBROEKHOFF - 7
GREENWOOD - 6
AssistsBUGGS - 6
WILLIAMS - 6
StealsBROEKHOFF - 2
WILLIAMS - 3
BlocksBUGGS - 1
SNELL - 1
BAIRSTOW - 1

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) scored a game-high 24 points Saturday evening at the Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., but 23 turnovers were too much for Valparaiso to overcome as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 65-52 to #18/20 New Mexico. 

The Crusaders shot nearly 50% from the floor, hitting 18-of-37 (48.6%), and knocked down 8-of-18 (44.4%) from behind the arc, but their 23 turnovers were turned into 22 points by a top-20 New Mexico squad which remained unbeaten (10-0) on the season.  The Lobos shot just 42.6% from the floor, but attempted 18 more free throws than the Crusaders, going 20-of-31 from the line, and turned the ball over just 10 times.

The game marked the first-ever meeting between a pair of former Indiana Mr. Basketball recipients as head coaches at the Division I level.  New Mexico head coach Steve Alford earned the honor in 1983, while Crusader head coach Bryce Drew earned the award in 1994 before continuing his playing career at Valparaiso.

Valpo got off to a quick start on Saturday night, scoring five points on its first three possessions on a 3-pointer and a driving layup by Broekhoff.  The Crusaders would not score for the next five minutes, as New Mexico scored nine points in a row over the span before fifth-year senior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) knocked down a 3-pointer to bring Valpo within 11-8.

The New Mexico lead fluctuated between one and five points for most of the remainder of the first half.  The Lobos matched their largest lead of the opening stanza with under four minutes to go in the half on a jumper by Cameron Bairstow, but another Bogan triple cut the lead to three and Broekhoff tied the game at 25-all with 1:33 to play in the half with a 3-pointer.  But New Mexico scored the last four points of the opening stanza, including Nick Banyard’s first 3-pointer of the year, to take a 29-25 lead into the break.

A inside basket from senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) to open the second half brought Valpo back within two points, and after New Mexico scored the next four, Broekhoff connected on yet another 3-pointer to make it a 33-30 game with 17:06 to play.  But the Lobos posted eight straight points in a three-possession span over the next 1:40, going ahead 41-30, and Valpo would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Broekhoff ended the night 8-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc, to finish with his game-high 24 points, but no other Crusader finished in double figures.  The senior also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.  Van Wijk was next on the Valpo scoring ledger with seven points.  Fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) tied for game-high honors with six assists.

The Lobos got a balanced scoring effort on Saturday, as Chad Adams, Alex Kirk and Demetrius Walker all tied with 12 points to lead the New Mexico effort.  Kendall Williams added five points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Valparaiso (6-3) returns to the court next Saturday, December 15 in a BracketBuster return game at Missouri State.  The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and can be heard online at ValpoAthletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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