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Crusaders Down YSU; Clinch Second Consecutive HL Regular Season Crown
Play Video Members of the Crusader team celebrate in the student section after claiming the league's regular season title Tuesday. (Jon Hendricks)
Members of the Crusader team celebrate in the student section after claiming the league's regular season title Tuesday. (Jon Hendricks)
Youngstown State (16-13 (7-8))
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Valparaiso (23-7 (12-3))
2/26/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 3410
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Youngstown State402464
Valparaiso334073
Stats at a GlanceYSUVALPO
FG Percentage.397 (25-63) .460 (23-50)
3P FG Percentage.385 (5-13) .333 (7-21)
FT Percentage.750 (9-12) .645 (20-31)
Offensive Rebounds1113
Defensive Rebounds1926
Total Rebounds3039
Turnovers512
Steals33
Bench Points1017
Statistical LeadersYSUVALPO
PointsALLEN - 22
BROEKHOFF - 21
ReboundsCOLE - 6
EARGLE - 6
VAN WIJK - 14
AssistsBELIN - 2
COLE - 2
HAIN - 2
BOGAN - 5
StealsALLEN - 3
DORITY - 1
BOGGS - 1
BUGGS - 1
BlocksEARGLE - 3
BROEKHOFF - 2
VAN WIJK - 2

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A spirited second-half comeback helped the Valparaiso men’s basketball team overcome a seven-point halftime deficit as the Crusaders defeated Youngstown State, 73-64, on Senior Night Tuesday evening at the ARC.  With the win, Valpo secured at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship for the second straight year.  The Crusaders also clinched the #1 seed for the upcoming Horizon League tournament, and with it, hosting rights for the league’s championship event.

Tickets are on sale now for the Horizon League Championship by visiting http://www.valpoathletics.com/tickets/.  The tournament will begin on Friday, March 8 with a pair of quarterfinals, while the Crusaders’ first game in the tournament will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, live on ESPNU.  Should the Crusaders win their semifinal, they will host the title game on Tuesday, March 12 at 8 p.m. CT.

With the win Tuesday, Valpo improved to 20-1 on its last 21 Senior Nights.  The game was the final regular season contest at the ARC for seniors Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]), Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]), Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport), Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell), Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) and Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp).  All six, along with former player Tommy Kurth and head manager David Albers, addressed the crowd during the postgame, while senior members of the band, cheerleaders and Crusaderettes were honored prior to the game as well.

The win wouldn’t come easy on Tuesday, however, as the Crusaders faced as much as a 13-point deficit in the opening half.  The game got off to a strong start for Valpo, as Buggs and Broekhoff knocked down 3-pointers on the Crusaders’ first two possessions, and a tip dunk by Broekhoff made it a quick 8-2 Valpo lead.  Van Wijk would score the Crusaders’ next five points, with an old-fashioned 3-point play giving Valpo a 13-7 edge less than four minutes into the ballgame.

Youngstown State would flip the script over the next 13 minutes, however, out-scoring the Crusaders 32-13 over that stretch to claim a 39-26 lead.  The Penguins took their first lead of the game on a layup by Shawn Amiker with 8:58 left in the first half and continued to stretch their advantage, with it peaking on a three-point play from Blake Allen which gave YSU a 13-point lead with less than three minutes to play in the opening half.

Valpo closed the half on a 7-1 mini-spurt to cut the deficit to single digits entering the break, however.  Bogan nailed a three-pointer to start things off, Valpo’s first triple since the second possession of the game, and following a YSU free throw, Broekhoff hit a pair from the charity stripe.  Junior LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) then capped the half with a driving layup with three seconds left on the clock, bringing the Crusaders within 40-33 entering the locker room.

Coming out of the break, a Bogan three-pointer was answered by a three-point play from Allen, as the deficit remained at seven points.  Broekhoff then scored eight straight for the Crusaders, the last three of which came on his second 3-pointer of the half to cut the YSU lead to 45-44 with 13:38 to play.

The Broekhoff triple also started a 12-0 Crusader run over the next four and a half minutes that would give Valpo the lead for good.  After a nearly two-minute stretch of no scoring, Van Wijk hit a free throw to tie the game at 45-all.  The Dutchman then continued to do work inside, tallying a pair of inside layups to give the Crusaders a 49-45 lead, and Kenney then got into the act with a driving basket to push the edge to six points.  Broekhoff closed the run with a pair of free throws with 9:03 remaining to give Valpo a 53-45 advantage. 

After a basket by the Penguins ended the run, Bogan found Dority for a 3-pointer to push the lead to nine at 56-47.  Twice more, Youngstown State would cut the lead to six, but the first time saw Dority drive for a layup, followed by a drive and emphatic two-handed slam from Van Wijk to make it 60-50 with 4:11 remaining.  The second time, which came at 60-54, the Crusaders got the job done from the free throw line, with both Van Wijk and Bogan hitting a pair from the stripe.  The exclamation point came via the home run pass over the top of the press, as Broekhoff hit Buggs in stride with 1:22 to play as the Crusaders clinched back-to-back regular season league titles for the first time since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons.

Broekhoff led the charge for the Crusaders on Tuesday, finishing the night with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Van Wijk posted a double-double as well with 15 points (on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor) and a career-best 14 rebounds.  In fact, Van Wijk recorded a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in the second half alone.  Bogan also finished in double figures, scoring 10 points and adding five assists without committing a turnover.

Allen led Youngstown State (16-13, 7-8 Horizon) with 22 points on Tuesday, while DJ Cole added 15 and Damian Eargle 12 points and six rebounds.  The Penguins shot 58.6% in the opening half, but were limited to just 23.5% shooting in the second half.

Valparaiso (23-7, 12-3 Horizon) closes out the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Green Bay at 2 p.m. in a game broadcast live on ESPNU.  The game, as always, can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network as well, while links for live audio, video and stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
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
W 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
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