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Men's Basketball Opens Season With Win Over Murray State
Play Video Jordan Coleman intercepts Murray State's last-ditch effort to secure the Crusader win Friday.
Jordan Coleman intercepts Murray State's last-ditch effort to secure the Crusader win Friday.
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11/8/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 4277
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Murray State314374
Valparaiso383977
Stats at a GlanceMSUVALPO
FG Percentage.356 (21-59) .436 (24-55)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .231 (3-13)
FT Percentage.692 (27-39) .684 (26-38)
Offensive Rebounds1314
Defensive Rebounds2230
Total Rebounds3544
Turnovers1016
Steals106
Bench Points1727
Statistical LeadersMSUVALPO
PointsPAYNE - 21
COLEMAN - 16
ReboundsMOSS - 8
COLEMAN - 8
PETERS - 8
AssistsPAYNE - 4
YEO - 3
StealsWILLIAMS - 3
COLEMAN - 1
DORITY - 1
CAPOBIANCO - 1
YEO - 1
WILLIAMS - 1
PETERS - 1
BlocksPAYNE - 2
RAMBO - 2
GUEYE - 2

Friday, November 08, 2013

Prior to Friday night's regular season opener against Murray State, the Valparaiso men's basketball program unveiled Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament banners commemorating last year's squad. Then this year's team took over, taking its first step toward defending the title with a 77-74 victory over the Racers at the ARC.

The first half saw Murray State lead for the majority of the first 15-plus minutes, but the Crusaders never let the Racers pull away. Murray State gained its largest lead at five points following a pair of free throws by Dexter Fields with 4:45 left in the half, going ahead 25-20, but Valpo ended the half on an 18-6 run to go into the half up by seven points at 38-31.

Valpo scored six straight over a three-possession span, including a fast-break two-handed slam from freshman Clay Yeo (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) and a coast-to-coast play by senior Jordan Coleman (North Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas [Southwestern Ill. College/Hawai'i]), to go ahead 26-25 before the Racers briefly reclaimed the lead with three free throws. Junior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) gave Valpo the lead for good with an offensive rebound and putback for a 3-point play, and then the next time down the court, threw down a monster one-handed slam to energize the ARC crowd.

Valpo kept the Racers at bay throughout the second half, extending its lead to as many as 12 points at 54-42 with 12:26 to go following a free throw from fifth-year senior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]). Murray State crawled back into the game, getting within one possession at 68-65 with 5:21 to play on a fast-break basket from Fields, but Valpo responded with an old-fashioned 3-point play from freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) to go back up by six.

Murray State would cut its deficit to two points on three separate occasions down the stretch, but each time Valpo came up with a basket. Coleman drove for a layup with 1:27 to play to extend the Crusader lead back out to four points, and then after the Racers got back within two at 74-72 with 42 seconds left, Valpo wound the shot clock nearly all the way down before putting the ball in the hands of senior LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]), who finished at the rim with 8.8 seconds remaining. The Racers got the ball back with one last chance to tie, trailing by three with two seconds on the clock, but Coleman intercepted the three-quarters court pass to seal the Valpo win.

Coleman led the balanced Crusader offense on Friday with 16 points, including an 8-of-8 performance from the foul line. Fernandez scored a career-best 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench, while Peters added 12 points in his Valpo debut. Coleman and Peters each grabbed eight rebounds to go with seven from Fernandez as well, as Valpo out-rebounded the Racers, 44-35.

Murray State (0-1) got a game-high 21 points out of Cameron Payne, but Payne went just 6-of-24 from the floor to get there. Fields and Tyler Rambo each scored 12 points as well for the Racers.

Valparaiso (1-0) returns to the ARC Sunday afternoon to host North Park at 1:35 p.m. If you can't make it to the game, listen live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network or watch live on the Horizon League Network. Links for the live video and audio streams, as well as live stats, will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

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