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Crusaders Drop BracketBusters Matchup at Loyola Marymount
The Crusaders fight for a loose ball Friday at Loyola Marymount. (Scott Cunningham)
The Crusaders fight for a loose ball Friday at Loyola Marymount. (Scott Cunningham)
Valparaiso (19-10)
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Loyola Marymount (18-10)
2/17/2012 | Los Angeles, CA (Gersten Pavilion) | Attendance: 4021
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso233053
Loyola Marymount263561
Stats at a GlanceVALPOLMU
FG Percentage.375 (18-48) .451 (23-51)
3P FG Percentage.357 (10-28) .313 (5-16)
FT Percentage.778 (7-9) .769 (10-13)
Offensive Rebounds613
Defensive Rebounds1724
Total Rebounds2337
Turnovers1214
Steals95
Bench Points259
Statistical LeadersVALPOLMU
PointsEDWARDS - 17
IRELAND - 19
ReboundsBOGGS - 6
IRELAND - 8
AssistsBUGGS - 5
IRELAND - 5
StealsBUGGS - 4
OKONJI - 2
BlocksVUCIC - 1
BUGGS - 1
VINEY - 1

Friday, February 17, 2012

Junior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) scored 16 points on Friday evening, the 15th of which made him the 31st player in Crusader basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, but it was not enough as Valparaiso fell to Loyola Marymount, 61-53, in the Sears BracketBusters X event in Los Angeles, Calif.

Broekhoff surpassed the 1,000-point milestone with a 3-pointer with 13:08 to play, the second of back-to-back triples which cut Loyola Marymount’s lead to two points at 40-38.  That would be the junior’s last point of the night, however, as he ended the night 5-of-8 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from downtown.  Junior Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]) then followed an LMU basket with a triple of his own, Valpo’s third straight 3-pointer to cut the lead to 42-41 with 12:27 remaining.

But that would be the Crusaders’ final point for a stretch of over six minutes, as LMU went on a 10-0 run over the span to push its lead into double figures at 52-41.  A putback by junior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) ended the Lions’ spurt, but Valpo would only be able to get as close as seven points on two occasions down the stretch.

The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Crusaders Friday evening, as Loyola Marymount scored the game’s first eight points over the opening 3:20.  In fact, Valpo went to its bench to get its first basket, a 3-pointer by Edwards 3:49 into the ballgame, and then it took nearly four more minutes to get its next bucket, a mid-range jumper from sophomore Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) which cut the deficit to 11-5.

While the Crusaders were able to score just nine points in the first 12-plus minutes of the game, adding layups by Broekhoff and redshirt junior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell), their defense kept them in the game, limiting LMU to just 18 points over that same time frame.  Valpo then quickly erased most of the deficit, as a 3-point play by Edwards, a pair of free throws from Broekhoff and a 3-pointer by redshirt junior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) cut the lead to 18-17 with 5:47 to go in the half.

The teams would trade baskets most of the rest of the way in the opening 20 minutes, with LMU taking a 26-23 lead into the locker room.  Coming out for the second half, a 3-pointer by Broekhoff was the only dent in an opening run by the Lions, who opened up a 36-26 advantage just three minutes into the period.  Back-to-back triples by Harris helped keep Valpo in the game, as the Crusaders’ first six baskets of the second half were all 3-pointers, culminating with Edwards’ 3-pointer which cut the lead to one prior to the decisive LMU spurt.

Edwards scored a team-high 17 points for the Crusaders while playing 28 minutes off the bench, going 6-of-11 from the floor while also grabbing five rebounds.  Edwards and Broekhoff were the only Crusaders in double figures, however.  Boggs pulled down a team-best six rebounds, while Buggs handed out five assists and tallied four steals.  Valpo was playing without the services of junior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp), who remained in Valparaiso to rehab an injury in preparation for next week’s pair of Horizon League games.

Anthony Ireland led Loyola Marymount (18-10) across the board, as the Lions’ point guard ended the night with team-high totals of 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists.  Ashley Hamilton added 12 points and five rebounds as well.  LMU enjoyed a large advantage on the boards, out-rebounding Valpo by a 37-23 margin, including 13 offensive caroms.

Valparaiso (19-10) returns home to the ARC for its final two regular season Horizon League games next week, starting with a 7:05 p.m. tip on Tuesday evening against Loyola (Chicago).  With a win, the Crusaders would secure at least a share of the league regular season title and would be guaranteed to host the quarterfinals and semifinals of the upcoming Horizon League Championship.  As always, all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen online on the Horizon League Network.  Links to both the audio and video webcasts, as well as live stats and the Valpo Gameday page, will be available at www.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. #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
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