Haskins to Join Crusader Program

Valparaiso University men’s basketball head coach Homer Drew announced today that De’Andre Haskins, a 6’4”, 190 lb. guard out of La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Ind., has agreed to join the Crusader program as a freshman for the 2008-09 season.

Diebler, Haanpää Named to NABC Honors Court

Valparaiso’s Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio) and Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) have both been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

Cameron Witt to Join Valpo Program This Fall

Valparaiso University head men’s basketball coach Homer Drew has announced that Cameron Witt has signed with Valparaiso University to join the Crusader roster this fall.

Crusaders Bring In Iowa State Transfer

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Homer Drew announced today that Cory Johnson (Duluth, Minn./Duluth East) will join the Crusader program after spending his first two seasons at Iowa State. Johnson, a 6’7”, 230 lb. forward, must sit out the 2008-09 season under NCAA transfer guidelines, and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2009-10 campaign.

Bouchie to Transfer From Crusader Program

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Homer Drew announced today that Bryan Bouchie has been granted a release from his commitment to the Crusader basketball program and will be transferring.

Haanpää Earns Academic All-League Recognition

Valparaiso sophomore guard Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) has been named to the five-player Horizon League Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team.

Valpo Men's Basketball Banquet to be Held April 22

The Valparaiso University Men's Basketball Banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at the Strongbow Inn Banquet Center.  The event begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

Crusaders Fall to Houston in CBI Quarterfinal

Valparaiso held a 20-19 lead over Houston halfway through the first half of the two squads’ College Basketball Invitational quarterfinal matchup Monday evening in Houston, Texas, but the Cougars took the lead shortly thereafter and led the rest of the way, eventually earning a 91-67 victory.

Crusaders Continue Postseason Run at Houston Monday

After its first postseason victory in 10 years, Valparaiso will look to advance to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Monday night as the Crusaders play at Houston.  The game can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, or seen online at www.cbistreaming.com.

Time and Ticket Info Available for CBI Quarterfinals

Valparaiso will meet the University of Houston Cougars at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 24 in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational at Hofheinz Pavillion.

Crusaders Win Postseason Thriller Over Washington

Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) scored the eventual game-winning basket with 2:45 to play and Valparaiso held Washington scoreless the rest of the way as the Crusaders earned a thrilling 72-71 victory over the Huskies in opening round action of the College Basketball Invitational Wednesday evening in Seattle, Wash.  Valpo advances to the quarterfinals of the inaugural CBI and will face Houston on Monday.

Crusaders Open Inaugural CBI at Washington

Valparaiso makes its ninth postseason appearance in the last 13 seasons this year, as the Crusaders open up play in the inaugural College Basketball Invitational Wednesday at the University of Washington.  The game can be seen nationally on Fox College Sports (Channel 262/414 in the Comcast sports tier) or on DirecTV channel 669.

Ticket Information for CBI Game at Washington

Tickets for Valparaiso’s first round CBI game Wednesday night against Washington at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash. will go on sale to the public at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, March 18.  All tickets will be $15.

Crusaders Accept Postseason Bid to Inaugural College Basketball Invitational; Will Open at Washington

Valparaiso accepted a bid late Sunday evening to the inaugural College Basketball Invitational, and will open the tournament at Pac-10 foe Washington Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. CDT.  The game will be televised on Fox College Sports.

Loyd Named to All-Tournament Team

Senior guard Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) was selected Tuesday night to the five-member Horizon League All-Tournament Team for his performance in Valparaiso’s three tournament games.

Crusaders Drop Hard-Fought Semifinal to Cleveland State

Valparaiso fought back from double-digit deficits in both halves in Horizon League Championship semifinal action Saturday evening against Cleveland State and tied the game at 65 with under three minutes to play, but the Vikings pulled out a 78-73 victory over the Crusaders.

Valpo Looks to Advance to Horizon League Championship Game Saturday

Valparaiso, which is on a six-game winning streak following its win over Wright State Friday, turns around Saturday and faces Cleveland State in the Horizon League Championship semifinals in Indianapolis, Ind. at 3:30 p.m. CST (4:30 local time).  The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.

Crusaders Hit Free Throws Down Stretch to Defeat Wright State; Valpo to Face Cleveland State in HL Semifinal Saturday

Down 63-62 with under four minutes to play, Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game to put Valparaiso ahead for good and fellow senior Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) hit four free throws in the final 12 seconds to give the Crusaders a 72-67 victory over Wright State in Horizon League Championship quarterfinal action Friday in Indianapolis, Ind.

Crusaders Ride Five-Game Win Streak into Horizon League Quarterfinal

Valparaiso has now won five straight games following its first-round victory over Green Bay on Tuesday.  The sixth-seeded Crusaders now set their sights on downing third-seeded Wright State on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. CST at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

Crusaders Get to 20 Wins With First-Round Victory Over Green Bay

Valparaiso took the lead for good midway through the first half Tuesday at the Athletics-Recreation Center, defeating Green Bay 75-67 in the first round of the Horizon League Championship.  The win is the Crusaders’ 20th of the season, the ninth 20-win campaign for the program under head coach Homer Drew.

Crusaders Kick Off Horizon League Championship by Hosting Green Bay

Having won four straight games, Valparaiso kicks off Horizon League Championship action Tuesday night as the Crusaders host Green Bay in first round play.  It is the first time Valpo has hosted a league tournament game at the ARC in 13 years.

Huff Caps Regular Season With League Player of the Week Honor

After leading Valparaiso to three wins last week, including a game-winning three-point play with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime against Wright State to clinch a first-round home game in the Horizon League Championship, senior forward Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week.

Loyd Named Horizon League Sixth Man of the Year

The Horizon League announced today that Crusader senior guard Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) has been named the league’s inaugural Sixth Man of the Year.

Valpo to Host Green Bay in First Round of Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso (19-12, 9-9 Horizon) has earned the sixth seed for the Horizon League Championship and will face seventh-seeded Green Bay (15-14, 9-9 Horizon) in the first round on Tuesday, March 4 at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7 p.m. CST.  Tickets are available online now at www.valpo.edu/athletics, and can be ordered by phone at 219-464-5233 or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office inside the front entrance of the ARC beginning at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Crusaders Win Overtime Thriller; Clinch First-Round Home Game; Huff Scores Game-Winner With 1.6 Seconds Remaining

Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) found Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) cutting to the basket with 1.6 seconds left in overtime Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center, and Huff converted the game-winning three-point play to give Valparaiso a 75-73 overtime victory over Wright State.  The win, broadcast nationwide on ESPN2, means that Valpo will host a first-round Horizon League Championship game Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the ARC.

Crusaders Close Out Regular Season With ESPN2 Game Against Wright State

Valparaiso closes out the regular season today with a rare morning game, as the Crusaders host Wright State at 11 a.m. in a key Horizon League matchup.  The game is being televised live by ESPN2 as part of the network’s Judgement Week, marking the third game from the ARC to be televised on an ESPN network in under a month.  With a win, Valpo would clinch a first-round home game in the Horizon League tournament.

Valpo Looking to "Pack the ARC" for Wright State Game

Valparaiso invites all elementary, middle and high school students from Northwest Indiana to help the Crusaders “Pack the ARC” for Saturday morning’s game against Wright State.  Admission to the game, which tips off at 11 a.m. on ESPN2, is free for all students.

Huff, Loyd Lead Crusaders to Senior Night Win Over Detroit

Senior Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) scored all of his game-high 15 points in the second half, while fellow senior Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) put Valparaiso ahead for good with a pair of free throws with 1:01 to play as the Crusaders pulled out a 59-56 win over Detroit on Thursday at the ARC.  The win keeps Valpo in the hunt to host a first-round game in the Horizon League tournament.

Crusaders Celebrate Senior Night; Take on Detroit Thursday

Valparaiso celebrates Senior Day Thursday, honoring three players: Shawn Huff, Jarryd Loyd and Calum MacLeod.  The trio, and the rest of the Crusader squad, is in the midst of a six-day stretch with three key Horizon League contests as they face off against Detroit at 7:05 p.m.

Crusaders Clamp Down on Defense; Defeat Milwaukee

Valparaiso allowed Milwaukee to hit just four first-half field goals on its way to a 12-point halftime advantage, and never trailed in the second half, as the Crusaders won 66-57 Monday evening in Milwaukee, Wis.

Crusaders Begin Season-Ending Stretch of League Games Monday

After a thrilling double-overtime victory over Miami on Saturday, Valparaiso begins a stretch of three Horizon League games over a six-day span today when the Crusaders take on Milwaukee.  Valpo is currently in a fight for one of the top six seeds heading into the Horizon League tournament, which would give the Crusaders a first-round home game.

Seniors Propel Valpo to Double-Overtime Victory over Miami

Senior Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) scored 26 of his career-best 32 points after halftime and fellow senior Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) scored the Crusaders’ last seven points in the final two minutes of the second overtime period as Valparaiso defeated Miami (Ohio) at the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday afternoon, 99-94, in double overtime.  The game was broadcast live nationwide on ESPN Classic on part of the O’Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters event.

Valpo Appears on ESPN Classic Saturday against Miami

On a day in which six of the greatest athletes in Crusader history get inducted into the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame, it is only fitting that the Crusader men’s basketball team takes to the hardwood live on ESPN Classic, as Valpo faces Miami (Ohio) tonight at 5 p.m. as part of the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters event.

Crusaders Fall to Loyola

Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) registered his first double-double of the season with 15 points and ten rebounds Wednesday night, but it was not enough, as Valparaiso dropped a Horizon League contest at Loyola, 68-61.

Two Crusader Games Added to Sirius Satellite Radio Slate

Two of Valparaiso’s final three home basketball games of the regular season will be broadcast throughout North America on Sirius Satellite Radio, the Horizon League announced today.

Crusaders Head to Chicago for Key League Matchup

Valparaiso looks to earn its second straight Horizon League victory on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. as the Crusaders take the trip across the state line into Chicago to face Loyola.  Both the Crusaders and Ramblers are trying to move up in the Horizon League standings into one of the top six seeds, in order to host a first-round tournament game.

Crusaders Defeat Youngstown State Handily

Valpo used yet another late first-half run to gain a ten-point halftime lead, and extended the lead to as many as 20 points in the second half on its way to a 77-58 victory over Youngstown State Saturday night at the ARC.

Valpo Celebrates 10-Year Reunion of Sweet 16 Run as Crusaders Host Youngstown State

Valparaiso celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Sweet Sixteen team, bringing the members of the team back for a reunion today as the Crusaders host Youngstown State. The members of the 1997-98 squad in attendance will be honored at halftime of the game.

Cleveland State Defeats Valpo Thursday Evening

Cleveland State composed a 15-3 run late in the second half Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center to pull away from Valparaiso, as the Vikings defeated the Crusaders by a 71-58 score.

Crusaders Return to ARC to Face Cleveland State on Bryce Drew Bobblehead Night

Valparaiso returns home to the ARC Thursday night after a brief two-game road swing, hosting the Vikings of Cleveland State.  It will also be Bryce Drew bobblehead night, as the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free bobblehead of one of the greatest players in Crusader history.

Crusaders to Host Another Game on ESPN2

For the third time in less than a month, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will host a game at the Athletics-Recreation Center in front of a nationwide audience on an ESPN network, as ESPN2 will be broadcasting live from the ARC on Saturday, March 1 as the Crusaders host Wright State.  The game time has been moved to 11 a.m. CST for broadcast purposes.

Flames' Hot Shooting Downs Crusaders

UIC hit nine of its first 10 shots in the second half, including six 3-pointers, as the Flames pulled away for a 77-53 victory over Valparaiso Monday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.

Crusaders Head to UIC Monday Night

Valparaiso heads to the Second City on Monday evening for a matchup against the Flames of UIC.  The key Horizon League meeting for both teams comes as the Crusaders look to snap a three-game losing streak and move up the league standings.

Crusaders and RedHawks to Face Off on ESPN Classic

Valparaiso will face Miami (Ohio) at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 23 as part of the sixth annual O’Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters event at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The game will be televised nationally on ESPN Classic, the second game the Crusaders will host on an ESPN network this season.

Crusaders to Hold Summer Camps

Valparaiso’s men’s basketball team will be hosting four basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels.  The camps will be staffed by the Crusader players and coaching staff.

Valpo Falls at Green Bay in Extra Session

Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) nailed five triples in the first half on his way to matching his season-high with 20 points, but it was not enough, as Green Bay defeated Valparaiso in overtime, 76-71, Thursday night in Green Bay, Wis.

Crusaders Look to Rebound Thursday at Green Bay

Valparaiso looks to break a two-game losing streak Thursday evening as the Crusaders hit the road for the first time in the last two and a half weeks, traveling to Green Bay to take on the Phoenix.

Valpo Drops Last-Second Decision to #10/11 Butler

In front of a school-record 5,432 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center and a nationwide audience on ESPN2, Valparaiso led #10/11 Butler for most of Tuesday night’s game.  But the Bulldogs got a 3-pointer from Pete Campbell with 15 seconds remaining to go ahead, and would eventually win by a 71-68 count.

Crusaders to Face Miami (Ohio) in BracketBusters Game; Game Will Be One of 14 Broadcast on the ESPN Family of Networks

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will host Miami (Ohio) as part of the sixth annual O’Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters event at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday, February 23.  The game is one of 14 contests that will be televised on the ESPN family of networks, with the game time and network to be determined next Monday, February 11.

Crusaders Welcome ESPN2 to the ARC as Nationally-Ranked Butler Comes to Town

ESPN2 will be broadcasting live from the Athletics-Recreation Center Tuesday night as Valparaiso hosts #12/12 Butler, with a special tip time of 8 p.m.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  Tuesday is also 'Be Bold, Wear Gold' night, and the first 700 fans through the door will receive free gold t-shirts.  Tickets are still available at the Valparaiso University Ticket Office, located inside the main entrance of the arc, by phone at 1-877-MY-VU-TIX, or online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. 

Three Men's Games to Air on Sirius Satellite Radio

Three Valparaiso men’s basketball games will be among eight Horizon League contests available throughout North America on Sirius Satellite Radio throughout the month of February.

Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker to Loyola

J.R. Blount hit a layup with under five seconds to play to complete an 8-0 Loyola run over the game’s final 1:30 as the Ramblers came from behind to defeat Valparaiso Saturday night, 65-63, at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Homestanding Crusaders Take on Loyola Saturday

After improving to 8-1 at home with a win over UIC Thursday night, Valparaiso continues Horizon League action Saturday with a matchup against the second of the league’s two Chicago-based teams, as Loyola comes to town to face the Crusaders at 7:05 p.m.

Loyd's First Half Buzzer-Beater Sparks Crusaders to Victory over UIC

Senior guard Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) beat the buzzer to end the first half with a half-court shot that cut UIC’s lead over Valparaiso to 40-33 at the break, and the Crusader defense took over in the second half, holding the Flames to just 16 second-half points as Valpo claimed the 60-56 victory Thursday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Tickets Still Available for Loyola, Butler Contests

The Valparaiso University Ticket Office still has tickets available for the Crusader men’s basketball team’s next two home games: Saturday night against Loyola and Tuesday, February 5 versus nationally-ranked Butler.  Saturday’s game versus Loyola, which will tipoff at 7:05 p.m. has been designated Family Night, as families can buy four tickets for just $20.

Crusader Men Continue Horizon League Play at Home

Valparaiso returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center Thursday night as the Crusaders host UIC at 7:05 p.m.  It is the first time that the Crusaders and Flames, who are currently tied in the Horizon League standings at 4-3, have met on the hardwood in ten seasons.

Crusaders Fall to Cleveland State

Valparaiso cut Cleveland State’s lead to as few as four points on multiple occasions in the second half Saturday night in Cleveland, Ohio, but the Vikings would not let the Crusaders get any closer and went on to win by a 69-63 count.

Crusaders Look to Keep Winning on Road Saturday at Cleveland State

After moving to 3-1 in Horizon League road play Thursday night, Valparaiso faces another tough task on Saturday evening, as the Crusaders face off against Cleveland State, which is undefeated in league play at 6-0.  The two teams will be matching up for the first time in 14 seasons.

Crusaders Use Timely Shooting to Win at Youngstown State

Valparaiso took the lead for good with 14:40 to play at Youngstown State Thursday night, and converted on 8-of-9 free throw attempts in the game’s final minute to secure a 67-61 victory over the Penguins.

Crusaders Begin Swing Through Ohio at Youngstown State Thursday

The Valparaiso men's basketball team continues Horizon League action on the road Thursday, as the Crusaders travel to the state of Ohio to take on the Penguins of Youngstown State.  Tipoff is set for 6:35 p.m. CST, and all the action can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network or seen online through the Horizon League Network.

Tickets Available for Crusader Men's Road Games

The Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office has tickets available for each of the men’s basketball team’s four road games during the month of February.

Crusaders Strike Last in Win over Green Bay

In a back-and-forth affair that featured eight ties and 15 lead changes, it was Valparaiso which closed out the game with a flurry, as the Crusaders put together a 16-4 run over the final 4:30 to rally for the victory over Green Bay Saturday night at the ARC, 82-73.

Crusaders Look to Rebound Saturday against Green Bay

Valparaiso will look to bounce back from Thursday's loss to Milwaukee on Saturday when the Crusaders host Green Bay at 7:05 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center.  The former conference rivals will be meeting for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign.

Crusaders' Home Winning Streak Snapped in Loss to Milwaukee

Valparaiso led by six points with under six minutes to play Thursday evening in its Horizon League home opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center, but Milwaukee rallied to down the Crusaders by a 71-69 count.  The loss snaps Valpo’s 13-game home winning streak at the ARC.

Haanpää Tabbed U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month

Sophomore guard Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) has been named the U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December after leading the Crusaders to a 5-2 record during the month.

Crusaders Open Horizon League Home Slate against Milwaukee Thursday

The Valparaiso men's basketball team takes to the court at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday evening for its first-ever home Horizon League contest as the Crusaders host Milwaukee.  Valpo comes into the game with a 13-game home winning streak at the ARC.  The first 500 fans through the doors on Thursday will receive a free commemorative t-shirt.

Crusaders Fall on Road to #16/17 Butler

Valparaiso was tied with Horizon League rival #16/17 Butler Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind. at 31 at halftime and trailed by just one point with 11:36 to play, but the Bulldogs put together a critical 18-6 run to gain a decisive edge and go on to win by a 73-65 count.

Crusaders Resume League Play at #16/17 Butler

The Valparaiso men's basketball team resumes Horizon League play Saturday with one of the toughest tests on the slate, as the Crusaders travel to Indianapolis to take on preseason favorite #16/17 Butler.  Valpo will be looking to gain a two-game lead on the Bulldogs in the league standings.

Crusader Men Open 2008 at Home

Valparaiso returns home to the friendly confines of the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday as the Crusaders host Indiana Wesleyan, guided by former Crusader guard Greg Tonagel.  Valpo will look to extend its winning streak at the ARC to 13 straight contests.

Crusaders Blitz Indiana Wesleyan In Second Half

Leading by just four points at halftime, Valparaiso scored the first 13 points coming out of the break and never looked back, downing Indiana Wesleyan Wednesday night at the ARC, 93-46.  The Crusaders extended their home winning streak to 13 games with the victory.

Second-Half Run Propels #1 UNC Over Crusaders

Behind a career-best 24 points from senior guard Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West), Valparaiso fought back from an early 17-point deficit and briefly tied the game three minutes into the second half at 37, but top-ranked North Carolina pulled away from there, utilizing a 27-2 run to eventually down the Crusaders, 90-58, Sunday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Crusader Men Face Nation's Best for Fourth Consecutive Year

Valparaiso will stand toe-to-toe with the nation's best team for a fourth consecutive season Sunday evening, as the Crusaders travel to North Carolina to take on the top-ranked Tar Heels.  Valpo enters the game coming off of a 68-58 loss at Wisconsin, a game in which the Crusaders were within three points with under a minute to play, while North Carolina owns a 12-0 record and most recently downed Nevada by a 106-70 score.

Crusaders Fall to Late Wisconsin Run

Valparaiso held or shared the lead for the first 17 minutes of the second half, but Wisconsin went ahead for good on a Trevon Hughes 3-pointer with 2:20 to play and pulled away for a 68-58 victory over the Crusaders in Madison, Wis. Saturday evening.

Crusaders Step Up to Take On Wisconsin

Off to its best start in over 60 seasons, the Valparaiso men's basketball team lays a 10-1 record and an eight-game winning streak on the line Saturday evening as the Crusaders travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin.  The game will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network.

Haanpää Named Scholar-Athlete of the Week

The honors continue to roll in for Crusader sophomore guard Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian), who was named the U.S. Army Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week today following his record-setting weekend.

Haanpää Rakes In Honors after Record-Setting Performance

Following his record-breaking game against Chicago State on Saturday, Crusader sophomore guard Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) has been named the Horizon League men’s basketball Player of the Week.  Haanpää also was honored on a national level by the Mid-Majority as its Baller of the Week.

Haanpää Sets New School Record; Crusaders Roll Cougars; Sophomore Breaks Bryce Drew's Mark for 3-Pointers in a Game

Sophomore guard Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) drilled six 3-pointers in the first half to help stake Valparaiso to a 22-point halftime advantage, and added four more trifectas in the second half to finish with 10 for the game, breaking Crusader associate head coach Bryce Drew’s mark for 3-pointers in a single game as Valpo defeated Chicago State Saturday night, 90-61.

Crusaders Look For 10-1 Saturday Against Chicago State

Owners of a seven-game winning streak and 11 consecutive home victories, the Valparaiso men's basketball team looks to extend both streaks on Saturday as the Crusaders host Chicago State at 7:05 p.m.  The game is the 300th at the Athletics-Recreation Center for the Crusader men's team.

Diebler Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Junior Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) has been named the Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week, the league announced today.

Crusaders Use Late Runs to Defeat Evansville; Improve to 9-1

Valparaiso closed the first half on a 9-0 run to tie its game with Evansville Tuesday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center, and followed with an 8-0 run late in the second half to break open a close game, going on to win by a final tally of 75-67.  The win extends the Crusader winning streak to seven games, the longest since the 2002-2003 season, and moves Valpo’s overall record to 9-1, the best ten-game start in the 19-year tenure of head coach Homer Drew.

Crusaders Return Home to Defend Winning Streak against Evansville

Coming off of two wins on the road in its first weekend of Horizon League play, the Valparaiso Crusader men's basketball team returns to the ARC to take on Evansville at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night.  The Crusaders are defending a six-game overall winning streak, as well as a ten-game winning streak at the ARC dating back to last season.  A win Tuesday would put Valpo at 9-1 for the first time in the 19-year tenure of head coach Homer Drew.

Crusaders Use Hot Shooting to Win at Detroit

Valparaiso placed four players in double figures and shot at a 66.7% clip from the field to win at Detroit on Saturday afternoon, 81-68.  The win gives the Crusaders a sweep of two road games in their first weekend of Horizon League action and moves the team to 8-1 for just the second time in the 19-year career of head coach Homer Drew.

Crusader Men Continue League Weekend at Detroit

Coming off of a road win at Wright State to kick off its first season of Horizon League play, Valparaiso continues league play on Saturday at Detroit at 3:05 p.m. CST.  All the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, or seen online on the Horizon League Network.

Crusaders Win at Wright State in Horizon League Debut

Trailing by three points with under two minutes to play, Valparaiso’s defense forced three consecutive Wright State turnovers and the offense took advantage, as Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) converted a fast-break layup off a steal to give Valpo the lead for good on the way to a 71-66 victory Thursday evening in Dayton, Ohio.  The win, which marked the first Horizon League contest for the Crusader men, snapped Wright State’s 14-game home winning streak.

Crusader Men Kick Off Inaugural Horizon League Slate

Off to one of the best starts in team history, the 6-1 Crusaders begin their first season of Horizon League competition on Thursday with a game at 2007 regular season co-champion and tournament champion Wright State.

Crusaders Hold Off Ball State; Improve to 6-1

After having a 13-point halftime lead cut to as few as four points, Valparaiso erupted with four 3-pointers in a five-possession span in the second half to put the game away, eventually defeating Ball State Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, 71-58.  The victory was the tenth straight win by the Crusaders at the ARC.

Crusader Men Look to Extend Home Winning Streak Saturday versus Ball State

Off to its best start since 1998-99, Valparaiso will look to extend its nine-game home winning streak, dating back to last season, Saturday at the ARC as the Crusaders host Ball State at a special start time of 7:30 p.m.

Late First-Half Run Fuels Crusader Victory

Valparaiso held Mid-American Conference preseason favorite Western Michigan without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes spanning the two halves Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, taking a one-point deficit and turning it into a 14-point lead as the Crusaders downed the Broncos, 77-65.  It marked the second straight game that Valpo has defeated a conference favorite.

Crusaders Return Home to Face Western Michigan on Hawaiian Night

Valparaiso returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday to host Western Michigan at 7:05 p.m.  It will be Hawaiian Night at the ARC, as the first 500 fans through the doors will receive free leis.  Numerous Hawaiian-themed activities will take place throughout the night, and both coaching staffs will be sporting special Hawaiian attire.  WVUR will be broadcasting an extended hour-long pregame show prior to the game, featuring the Crusader Coach's Corner.

WWLO Joins Valpo Sports Radio Network

Valparaiso Athletics Director Mark LaBarbera announced today that WWLO, 89.1 FM, located in Lowell, Ind., has joined the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  WWLO will broadcast 20 of Valpo’s remaining 25 men’s basketball games live over its airwaves.

Valpo Downs Maryland Eastern Shore on South Padre Island

Led by 23 points and nine rebounds from freshman forward Bryan Bouchie (Washington, Ind./Washington), Valparaiso held off Maryland Eastern Shore Friday afternoon in South Padre Island, Texas, defeating the Hawks, 66-55.

Valpo Closes Out South Padre Island Invite with Win

Valparaiso held Austin Peay to just 18 second-half points Saturday on its way to a 61-47 victory in the Crusaders' final game of the South Padre Island Invitational.  Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) led Valpo with 21 points, including six 3-pointers, while Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) earned All-Tournament accolades after scoring seven key points late in the game.

Crusader Men Begin Play at South Padre Island against UMES

Valparaiso opens play at South Padre Island Friday afternoon with a game against Maryland Eastern Shore at 3:30 p.m.  The Invitational will conclude on Saturday afternoon with the winner facing the winner of the Austin Peay/Florida Gulf Coast game, while the two losers will also meet in a consolation game.

Crusaders Rally, But Eventually Fall at Vanderbilt

Valparaiso came back from a 44-31 halftime deficit to take a 53-50 lead with 12:30 to play, but Vanderbilt regained the lead with under ten minutes to go and never gave it up, downing the Crusaders 87-78 Tuesday night in Nashville, Tenn.

Valpo Basketball Receives Two National Letters of Intent

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Homer Drew announced today that Erik Buggs and Logan Jones have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will join the Crusader squad as freshmen for the 2008-2009 campaign.

Crusaders Take on SEC Foe Vanderbilt on Tuesday

Valparaiso continues play in the South Padre Island Invitational Tuesday night at 7 p.m. as the Crusaders take on SEC foe Vanderbilt in Nashville.  Both teams enter the contest at 2-0 on the young season.

Crusaders Take Down Mastodons

Valparaiso never trailed Thursday night at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., taking a nine-point halftime lead over IPFW and going on to defeat the Mastodons, 74-64.

Valpo Hits Road to Take On IPFW

Valparaiso kicks off a stretch of four games away from the ARC Thursday evening when the Crusaders travel to Fort Wayne to take on IPFW.  This marks the third consecutive year that the Crusaders and Mastodons have met in Fort Wayne during November, with Valpo winning each of the previous two encounters.

Crusaders' Balance Leads to Victory Over Grace

Valparaiso used a balanced scoring attack to pull away from Grace in the second half Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, as the Crusaders outscored the Lancers by 24 points over the final 20 minutes to earn a 90-59 victory.  Seven different Crusaders scored at least eight points in the winning effort, which extended Valpo’s home winning streak to eight games dating back to last season.

Crusaders Open Season Monday Against Grace

Valparaiso opens the 2007-2008 campaign Monday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders host Grace College.  The game is the first of four that the Crusaders will play as part of the South Padre Island Invitational.

Early Run Spurs Crusaders to Exhibition Victory

Valparaiso jumped out to a 27-4 lead less than nine minutes into Saturday night’s exhibition game against St. Joseph’s (Ind.) at the Athletics-Recreation Center and led the rest of the way, defeating the Pumas 82-59.

Experienced Crusaders Ready for Move to Horizon League

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team begins writing a new chapter in program history as the Crusaders prepare for the start of the 2007-08 season.  The Horizon League awaits the Crusaders this year after a very successful 25-year run in the Mid-Continent Conference that included nine regular season championships, eight tournament championships and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.

Valparaiso to Hold Season-Long Celebration of Sweet 16 Run

With the 10-year anniversary of the 1997-1998 men’s basketball team’s run to the Sweet 16, highlighted by “The Shot” to beat Ole Miss, approaching in March, the Valparaiso athletics department has planned a number of activities to celebrate the anniversary, highlighted by a reunion of the squad later this season.

Nine Crusader Games to Be Broadcast on Lakeshore Public Television

Valparaiso University and Lakeshore Public Television announced today that nine Crusader basketball games during the 2007-2008 season will be televised live throughout Chicagoland on Lakeshore PTV.

Crusaders Tabbed Sixth in Preseason Poll

Entering its first season of play in the Horizon League, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team has been projected to finish sixth in a poll of League coaches, sports information directors and media representatives.

Crusaders to Host Valpo Hoops Mania

Fans are invited to get their first glimpse of the 2007-2008 Valpo men’s and women’s basketball teams at Valpo Hoops Mania presented by Cardinal Bus, to be held Friday, October 5 at the Athletics-Recreation Center beginning at 9:30 p.m.  Admission to the event is free.

Crusaders to Hold Free Youth Clinic

Valparaiso men’s basketball head coach Homer Drew and the Crusader team will be holding a free basketball clinic for kids from 1st through 5th grades at the Courts of Northwest Indiana on Saturday, October 13.

Fumey, Rogers to Join Crusader Squad

Valparaiso head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Benjamin Fumey (Bremen, Germany) and Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica) have both passed through the NCAA Clearinghouse and will join the Crusader squad for the 2007-2008 campaign.

Crusader Season Basketball Tickets Now On Sale

Season tickets for Valparaiso University basketball are now on sale for the 2007-2008 season.

Valpo-Butler Game at the ARC to Be Broadcast on ESPN2

Valparaiso will host Butler at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday, February 5 at 8 p.m. CST in front of a national audience on ESPN2, one of five Horizon League men’s basketball games to appear on ESPN and ESPN2 during the upcoming season as announced today by Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone.

Sparks Named New Crusader Assistant Coach

Valparaiso men’s basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that former Crusader player Chris Sparks has been brought in as an assistant coach.  Sparks will fill the coaching vacancy left by Jason Hawkins, who has stepped away from coaching in order to focus full-time on gaining his master’s degree from Valparaiso.

Guede to Transfer to Tallahassee Community College

Valparaiso men’s basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Paul Guede has decided to transfer to Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. 

Crusaders Announce 2007-2008 Men's Basketball Schedule

Seven games against five 2007 NCAA Tournament participants highlight Valparaiso’s men’s basketball schedule for the 2007-2008 campaign, as released today by head coach Homer Drew.  The Crusaders will also play 16 home games at the Athletics-Recreation Center in their first season as a member of the Horizon League.

Valpo's McPherson, Hawkins to Tour Germany with Athletes in Action

Junior Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) will be one of 10 current and former college basketball players participating in a six-game competitive tour against professional teams in Germany, while Jason Hawkins will be serving as an assistant coach for the squad.  The AIA team is one of 11 Athletes in Action international-touring men’s and women’s basketball teams this summer.