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Crusaders Rally, But Fall at Ohio
Alec Peters had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Alec Peters had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
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11/17/2013 | Athens, Ohio - Convocation Center | Attendance: 6144
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Valparaiso284472
Ohio403676
Stats at a GlanceVALPOOHIO
FG Percentage.370 (20-54) .439 (25-57)
3P FG Percentage.286 (6-21) .273 (6-22)
FT Percentage.813 (26-32) .606 (20-33)
Offensive Rebounds1611
Defensive Rebounds2722
Total Rebounds4333
Turnovers199
Steals512
Bench Points1315
Statistical LeadersVALPOOHIO
PointsDORITY - 20
NDOUR - 23
ReboundsPETERS - 13
SMITH - 7
AssistsDORITY - 3
TAYLOR - 4
StealsPETERS - 3
NDOUR - 4
BlocksGUEYE - 2
NDOUR - 5

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Valparaiso erased a 16-point second-half deficit to take the lead for the first time with 2:49 to play, but could not come out with the victory, as Ohio earned the 76-72 win Sunday afternoon in Athens, Ohio.

Trailing by 12 at the half, the Crusaders went on an 8-0 run over the opening three-plus minutes of the second period, as LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) converted a pair of drives while being fouled, scoring five points, and Moussa Gueye (Thies, Senegal/SEED Academy [Alabama/Lake Land (Ill.) College]) added an and-one on a two-handed slam as Valpo closed to within 40-36.  But an 8-0 spurt a couple minutes later would push the Bobcats’ lead back into double figures.

The lead hovered around the 10-point mark for the next few minutes until a push from Ohio, capped by a fast-break layup from Stevie Taylor, gave it a 62-46 advantage with 9:49 to play.  But Valpo started a run on the backs of a pair of freshmen to get back into the game.

Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) started things off with a triple to immediately answer Taylor’s basket, and following an Ohio miss, Clay Yeo (Bourbon, Ind./Triton) went all the way to the rack for a layup.  The Crusaders forced another miss, and Peters hit the glass on the offensive end, rebounding a Valpo miss and putting it back up and in to cap a quick seven-point spurt which made it 62-53 with 8:31 to go.

Ohio would score on each of its next three possessions, but Yeo knocked down a 3-pointer and then took a long outlet pass from Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) and finished on the break as the Crusaders remained within 10.  The score remained stuck on 68-58 for over two minutes before Jordan Coleman (North Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas [Southwestern Ill. College/Hawai'i]) connected on a pair of free throws with 4:55 to go.

Coleman’s makes from the foul line started a stretch of seven straight possessions on which the Crusaders scored, encompassing a 14-2 run.  A second chance on their next trip would lead to a Dority triple, and Peters would score three points over Valpo’s next two chances to bring it within 69-66 with 3:33 remaining.  The defense forced a miss and Dority got fouled on the other end, knocking down both free throws to make it a one-point game.

Peters then came up with his second tip and steal in a three-possession span, again starting a fast break and finishing at the rim, this one giving Valpo its first lead of the game at 70-69 with 2:49 to go.  Ohio split a pair of free throws on its next trip before Coleman knocked down two more from the foul line, pushing the lead to 72-70 with 2:18 to play.

But those would be the last points Valpo would put up, as the Crusaders went 0-for-5 from the field down the stretch, many of them clean, open looks.  Ricardo Johnson gave the Bobcats the lead at 73-72 with 1:31 to go from the foul line, and Nick Kellogg hit two more to make it a three-point game with 24 seconds to play.  The Crusaders couldn’t convert on a drive to the basket on the ensuing possession, and after the rebound went out of bounds to Valpo, a 3-point look from the corner was off the mark as well.

Ohio broke the game open early, going on a 20-8 run over the opening five minutes as the Bobcats were 8-of-9 from the field in the early going.  The Crusaders got to within five points at 28-23 with 4:56 to go in the half, but Ohio scored 12 of the next 15 points and eventually went into halftime with a 40-28 advantage.

Dority led Valpo with 20 points on Sunday, while Peters scored 16 and Coleman 11.  Peters also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for his first career double-double, and Coleman added seven rebounds as well as Valpo out-rebounded Ohio 43-33.  The Crusaders scored 18 second-chance points off 16 offensive rebounds, but committed 19 turnovers which the Bobcats turned into 25 points.  Valpo also was solid from the foul line, hitting 26-of-32 (81.3%).

Maurice Ndour paced Ohio (2-1) with a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting.  Kellogg backed him up with 16 points as four Bobcats in all ended up in double figures.

Valparaiso (2-2) returns to action Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. at Evansville.  The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, with links for live stats and audio 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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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