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Crusaders Use Timely Shooting to Win at Youngstown State
Bryan Bouchie had eight of his 15 points early in the second half to give Valpo the lead for good.
Bryan Bouchie had eight of his 15 points early in the second half to give Valpo the lead for good.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Box Score

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.

“I was very proud of our free throw shooting down the stretch,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “Free throw shooting is something we've really focused on improving recently, and it was great to see us convert late.”

Valpo trailed by just two at the half, 22-20, despite connecting on just 22.6% of its shots in the opening 20 minutes.  The Penguins extended the lead to four points early in the second stanza, but that was as large as their advantage would get in the second half, as Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) knocked down the first of his three second-half 3-pointers to cut the lead back down to one.  After a YSU basket, Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) hit a trifecta of his own to tie the game at 29 with 15:12 to play.

A minute later, freshman Bryan Bouchie (Washington, Ind./Washington) gave Valpo the lead for good with back-to-back buckets in the paint, eventually scoring eight straight Crusader points to help extend the Valpo advantage to three points at 37-34 with 12:20 to play.  After a Penguin basket, Huff hit a jumper to bump the lead back to three, and Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) followed with a triple a minute later to give Valpo its biggest lead to that point, 42-36 with 10:27 left.

The Crusaders would maintain a two-possession lead for most of the rest of the ballgame.  Youngstown State cut the lead down to one possession on three occasions in the latter stages of the half, but Valpo answered on its next possession each of the three times, with McPherson hitting two shots and Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) one.  Huff’s jumper with 1:39 to play gave Valpo its largest lead at 59-51, and while the Penguins cut the lead down to two points twice in the final minute, the Crusaders knocked down their free throws to win the game.

McPherson poured in a season-high 20 points to lead the Crusaders Thursday night, with 15 points coming on a perfect 5-for-5 effort from the field in the second half.  Huff added 15 points of his own, 13 of which came in the second 20 minutes, while Bouchie scored 15 points off the bench and also grabbed seven rebounds.  Loyd dished out a game-high seven assists, all of which came in the second half, and moved up to eighth place on Valpo’s career assists chart, passing Rob Cavanaugh.

“Second half, Bryan and Mike (Rogers) did a great job of coming off the bench and giving us energy on both ends of the court,” said Drew.  “Jarryd really did a good job of penetrating the defense and kicking out to open shooters, and Brandon and Shawn stepped up and hit big shots for us."

Byron Davis paced Youngstown State (7-10, 3-4 Horizon) with 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting, while John Barber scored 18 and Jack Liles chipped in 13 points.  Vytas Sulskis led all players with 11 rebounds.

Valparaiso (13-5, 4-2 Horizon) improved to 3-1 on the road in league play with the victory, and now takes aim at league leader Cleveland State on Saturday evening.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CST, and 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.  The game can also be seen online through the Horizon League Network.

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