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Dority Posts Career High In Win at UIC
Play Video Lavonte Dority poured in a career-best 33 points Saturday.
Lavonte Dority poured in a career-best 33 points Saturday.
Valparaiso (14-10, 6-3)
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UIC (5-18, 0-9)
2/1/2014 | UIC Pavilion (Chicago, Ill.) | Attendance: 3197
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Valparaiso363470
UIC232346
Stats at a GlanceVALPOUIC
FG Percentage.458 (22-48) .268 (15-56)
3P FG Percentage.435 (10-23) .231 (3-13)
FT Percentage.727 (16-22) .591 (13-22)
Offensive Rebounds615
Defensive Rebounds3423
Total Rebounds4038
Turnovers1010
Steals45
Bench Points1414
Statistical LeadersVALPOUIC
PointsDORITY - 33
BARLOW - 8
WIEGAND - 8
BROWN - 8
ReboundsFERNANDEZ - 7
WIEGAND - 8
TEAM - 8
AssistsPETERS - 3
CAPOBIANCO - 3
BARLOW - 5
StealsDORITY - 3
BARLOW - 2
BlocksFERNANDEZ - 7
SIMONTON - 1

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The combination of a career-high 33-point performance in a homecoming game from senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) on the offensive end and a program record-tying seven blocked shots by junior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) on the defensive side of the ball propelled Valparaiso to a 70-46 victory over UIC Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Ill.

Dority took his hot play of late, which saw him enter the game averaging 22 points per game over the last five contests, and raised it to another level on Saturday in his return to Chicago.  The senior, who had 18 points at UIC last season, matched his recent average in the first half alone, capping a 22-point half with an NBA range 3-pointer right before the halftime horn.  Dority ended the game with 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting, connecting on 5-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line, and 8-of-10 from the foul line.  It marked Dority’s second 30-point performance of the year, making him one of just six Crusaders in the last 18 years to score 30-plus points multiple times in a career.

Meanwhile, Fernandez stepped up his already-strong defensive play within Horizon League action, patrolling the paint like a pro on Saturday.  The junior, who entered the game second in the league in league-only play with 2.6 blocks per game, swatted four shots in the first half and set a new career high with his sixth block at the 9:31 mark of the second half.  Fernandez then tied Valpo’s program single-game record of seven, set by Zoran Viskovic against Northern Illinois in 1998, on a block with 2:12 to play.

It was a back-and-forth battle through much of the first half between the two squads, as Valpo extended to its largest lead at seven with 7:26 left in the period before an 8-3 mini-spurt by UIC closed the Crusader edge to two points at the 3:52 mark.  But a 3-pointer by freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) started off an 12-1 run for the Crusaders to close the half, with Dority scoring the rest of the run’s nine points.  Dority came up with a steal and fast-break dunk, hit all four of his free throw attempts and capped the half with his buzzer-beating 3-pointer, making it 36-23 Valpo at the break.

Valpo maintained the double-digit advantage throughout the entirety of the second half, with the lead between 15 and 17 points much of that time.  UIC got to as close as 12 points following a 3-pointer with 7:59 to play, but Dority came down and hit a jumper off a feed from Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) on Valpo’s next possession to keep the Flames from getting any closer.  The Crusaders would then close out one of their top defensive performances of the season by not giving up a point over the final 3:54 of the game, finishing on a 10-0 run.

Beyond Dority, no other Crusader finished the game in double figures in the scoring column, as nine points from Williams marked Valpo’s second-highest output.  Fernandez led the Crusaders on the glass with seven rebounds, while Dority, Peters and Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/SEED Academy [Alabama/Lake Land (Ill.) College]) tallied five boards each.  Dority also matched a career best with three steals on Saturday.

The Crusaders limited UIC (5-18, 0-9 Horizon) to just 26.8% shooting from the floor, holding the Flames under 30% in both halves.  Three Flames – Jake Wiegand, Marc Brown and Kelsey Barlow – tied for team-high honors with eight points apiece, but did so on a combined 7-of-27 shooting.  Wiegand led all players with eight rebounds, while Barlow handed out five assists.

Valparaiso (14-10, 6-3 Horizon) moved back into a tie for second place in the Horizon League standings with Saturday’s win, and will have nearly a full week until its next game, a Friday night 8 p.m. tip against Detroit at the ARC.  The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU, and as always, can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  Links for live video and audio, as well as live stats, will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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