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Crusaders Return to Winning Ways With Victory at Loyola
LaVonte Dority tallied nine points and dished out three assists off the bench Tuesday. (Jon Hendricks)
LaVonte Dority tallied nine points and dished out three assists off the bench Tuesday. (Jon Hendricks)
Valparaiso (21-7 (11-3))
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Loyola (14-13 (4-10))
2/19/2013 | Gentile Arena | Attendance: 1986
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Valparaiso424385
Loyola274976
Stats at a GlanceVALPOLUC
FG Percentage.547 (29-53) .464 (26-56)
3P FG Percentage.500 (10-20) .375 (6-16)
FT Percentage.773 (17-22) .621 (18-29)
Offensive Rebounds611
Defensive Rebounds2520
Total Rebounds3131
Turnovers109
Steals52
Bench Points2215
Statistical LeadersVALPOLUC
PointsBOGAN - 16
THOMAS - 15
ReboundsBROEKHOFF - 6
VAN WIJK - 6
HICKS - 8
THOMAS - 8
AssistsKENNEY - 5
WHITE - 5
StealsBOGAN - 3
TURK - 1
CRISMAN - 1
BlocksBROEKHOFF - 2
HICKS - 1

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team led Loyola by 15 points at the halftime Tuesday night in Chicago, Ill., and after the Ramblers had rallied to tie the game in the second half, the Crusaders scored on 11 straight possessions as Valpo downed Loyola by a final score of 85-76.  With the win, the Crusaders clinch at least the third seed and a first-round bye in the Horizon League Championship.

Valpo controlled the Ramblers in the opening 20 minutes, carrying a 42-27 advantage into halftime.  The Crusaders shot 62.1% (18-of-29) from the field in the first half, including five 3-pointers, and held Loyola to just 35.7% (10-of-28) shooting in the opening period.  Back-to-back early 3-pointers by senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) and fifth-year senior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) kicked off a 14-3 spurt that gave the Crusaders an 18-7 edge just over nine minutes into the game.

The lead never fell below seven points the remainder of the first half, and after a Jeff White 3-pointer with 6:53 remaining brought the Ramblers within 29-21, Valpo held Loyola scoreless for nearly a five-minute span.  During that time, four different Crusaders combined for nine points, capped by a triple from senior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]), to pull ahead 38-21.  The Ramblers scored six of the next eight points to move within 13, but Boggs would drive past his man for a layup on the final possession of the opening half to give the Crusaders the 42-27 lead at the break.

Loyola would post a 19-4 run over the first 8:39 of the second half to tie the game at 49-all, making it a brand new ballgame.  Over that stretch, the Crusaders went just 1-of-10 from the floor, a Bogan 3-pointer, and committed four turnovers, while the Ramblers hit 7-of-11 over the same span, capped by a Christian Thomas layup to tie the game.

Senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) responded once the Ramblers tied the score with a 3-point play, but Thomas answered with an old-fashioned 3-point play of his own.  Valpo again went inside to Van Wijk for a layup to make it 51-49, but a dunk from Nick Osborne tied the game at 51-apiece.

That would be the game’s final tie, however, as the Crusaders continued producing on the offensive end.  Junior LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) broke the tie with a 3-pointer off a feed from senior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville), and following a mid-range jumper from Loyola’s Jordan Hicks, Kenney came down and connected on a 3-pointer of his own to make it 57-53 with 8:51 to play.

After Loyola split a pair of free throws, fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) out-leapt everybody to secure an offensive rebound while being fouled, calmly knocking down a pair from the free throw line out of the under-eight media timeout to push the lead to five points.  Bogan blocked a 3-point attempt on the defensive end, and Kenney came down to knock down another triple to make it 62-54 with 7:08 remaining.  The Ramblers moved back within five on an old-fashioned 3-point play on their next possession, but Valpo answered with a 3-pointer from Buggs to push it back to an eight-point game.

Buggs found redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) inside for a layup after Loyola missed a pair from the foul line, and then Bogan came up with a steal before connecting on a long baseline jumper, giving the Crusaders a 69-57 lead with 5:23 to play.  A pair of free throws from Kenney and another  mid-range jumper by Bogan capped the run of 11 straight possessions with scores, as Valpo’s lead would not fall under eight points the rest of the way.

All eight Crusaders who played on Tuesday scored at least six points, paced by a season-high 16 points from Bogan, who hit three 3-pointers while also tallying four rebounds and three steals.  Broekhoff and Kenney tallied 14 points apiece, the former tying for team-high honors with six rebounds and the latter handing out five assists.  Van Wijk added 11 points and six rebounds as well.

Valpo ended the game hitting 54.7% (29-of-53) from the floor, including 10-of-20 from beyond the 3-point line, as the 85 points marked the most given up by Loyola this season.  The Crusaders shared the ball as well, tallying 17 assists on their 29 made field goals.

Loyola (14-13, 4-10 Horizon) placed four players in double figures, led by 15 from Thomas, all of which came in the second half.  Hicks scored 13 points, while White and Devon Turk added 12 points apiece.

Valparaiso (21-7, 11-3 Horizon) steps out of league play for the final time in the regular season on Saturday afternoon, when the Crusaders host Eastern Kentucky at the ARC at noon as part of the Ramada BracketBusters event.  The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU, with Jim Barbar and Brooke Weisbrod on the call.  As always, the game can also be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, with links for live audio, video and stats available through ValpoAthletics.com.  ValpoGameday.com will also be hosting a live interactive chat during the game as well.

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