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Crusaders Fall to Loyola
Jake Diebler hit three 3-pointers on his way to 11 points Wednesday.
Jake Diebler hit three 3-pointers on his way to 11 points Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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.

The Ramblers jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead less than three minutes into the game, and held the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game.  Loyola was up four points just over nine minutes in, but the Crusaders ran off 13 unanswered points to take a nine-point lead.  Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) kick-started the run with two 3-pointers, and Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) capped it with a triple of his own with 6:52 remaining in the first half to put Valpo up 23-14.

The Crusaders held a two-possession lead for the next few minutes, with a jumper by Bryan Bouchie (Washington, Ind./Washington) putting Valpo ahead 28-22 with 4:16 left in the opening stanza.  But that was the last Crusader basket of the first half, as Loyola ended the half on a 11-0 spurt, including five points from Justin Cerasoli, to take a 33-28 advantage into the half.

The Ramblers maintained the lead throughout the first portion of the second half and went up eight points at 55-47 on a pair of free throws by Darrin Williams with 9:13 to play.  But the next few minutes were all Valpo, as the Crusaders reeled off a 13-2 run over the next six minutes.

Diebler started the spurt with a pair of free throws, and Igbavboa followed with a short jumper in the lane to cut the deficit to 55-51.  Freshman Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian) drained a 3-pointer two possessions later to bring Valpo within one point with six minutes to play.  Following a basket by Loyola, Diebler knocked down his third 3-pointer of the contest to tie the game at 57.

Igbavboa came up with a big block on the next Rambler possession, and Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) converted a fast-break layup to give Valpo its first lead since late in the first half.  Igbavboa added a free throw with 3:09 to play to put the Crusaders ahead by three points.

“I was happy with the poise we showed coming back from the second half deficit,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “I thought Urule really did a good job in the post and rebounding the ball.  Jake played some excellent defense and had another nice game shooting the basketball.”

But Darrin Williams single-handedly turned the game back Loyola’s way in the final couple minutes.  Williams stopped the Crusader run with a pair of free throws with 2:46 remaining, and put Loyola up for good with a layup with 1:58 on the clock.  Another bucket by Williams with 1:12 left gave the Ramblers a 63-60 edge, and Loyola knocked down five of its next six free throws to secure the win.

Diebler was the only Crusader besides Igbavboa to hit double figures, ending the game with 11 points, his second consecutive double-digit outing.  Loyola (10-16, 6-10 Horizon) was paced by 19 points and seven rebounds from Williams.

“I thought the two big keys tonight were free throw shooting and rebounding,” said Drew.  “Loyola out-rebounded us by 15 boards, and they also hit 78% of their free throws to our 52%.”

Valparaiso (15-12, 6-9 Horizon) hosts its second nationally televised game from the ARC in under a month on Saturday, as Miami comes to town as part of the O’Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters event.  Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. on ESPN Classic, with Sam Gore and Sedric Toney on the call.  And as always, all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WWLO, 89.1 FM, Lowell) or online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  Todd Ickow and Adam Amin can also be heard live across North American on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 121.
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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
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Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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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 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
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Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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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