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Valparaiso (13-10 (5-3))
1/29/2014 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 3524
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Green Bay293160
Valparaiso423375
Stats at a GlanceGBVALPO
FG Percentage.383 (23-60) .587 (27-46)
3P FG Percentage.273 (3-11) .400 (4-10)
FT Percentage.524 (11-21) .654 (17-26)
Offensive Rebounds139
Defensive Rebounds1529
Total Rebounds2838
Turnovers1319
Steals104
Bench Points2019
Statistical LeadersGBVALPO
PointsSYKES - 19
DORITY - 26
ReboundsMAYS - 7
PETERS - 7
AssistsSYKES - 6
WILLIAMS - 8
StealsMAYS - 3
CARTER - 3
BlocksFOUSE - 2
MAYS - 2
FERNANDEZ - 4

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team came out on fire from the floor Wednesday evening at the ARC, hitting over 70% of its shots from the floor in the first half and controlling the game the rest of the way in handing Green Bay its first league loss, 75-60.

The Crusaders took advantage of Alec Brown being out injured for the Phoenix, driving inside time after time in the first half and scoring 24 points in the paint in the opening 20 minutes in jumping out to a 42-29 halftime lead.  Valpo took the lead for good very early on, thanks to a 3-pointer by senior Lavonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) less than two minutes into the game giving the Crusaders a 5-4 edge.

Dority would go on to score 14 points in the opening seven-plus minutes to propel Valpo to a significant lead.  Back-to-back baskets by the senior made it 11-4 Crusaders less than four minutes in, and a 3-pointer at the 14:35 mark gave Valpo its first double-digit lead at 16-6.  Two possessions later, Dority again made it back-to-back possessions with finishes at the rim for the Crusaders, the second giving the squad a 20-9 lead just 7:16 into the ballgame.

While Dority wouldn’t score again in the first half, the rest of the team picked up the slack, as the Crusaders shot 17-of-24 from the field in the opening 20 minutes.  The lead dropped into single digits just once the remainder of the half, and reached as much as 17 points on a layup by freshman Alec Peters (Washington, Ill./Washington) with 4:32 to go in the half.  The advantage would end up at 13 points at the break.

Green Bay scored the first point of the second half on a free throw, but the Crusaders responded with a 14-0 run over a five-minute stretch to push their lead to its apex.  Dority had six points during the run, while freshman Jubril Adekoya (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) scored a pair of baskets, Peters converted a tip-in and junior Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) threw down a dunk as Valpo led 56-30 with 14:05 to play.  The lead would not fall under the final margin the rest of the way.

Dority finished the night with 26 points, his fourth 20+ point effort in Valpo’s last five outings.  The senior finished 9-of-12 from the field and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line.  Adekoya hit all five of his shots inside the arc and finished with 12 points as the only other Crusader in double figures.  Peters added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds, while freshman Lexus Williams (Chicago, Ill./Marist) handed out a career-best eight assists.  Valpo closed the game 27-of-46 (58.7%) from the floor, held a 38-28 advantage on the glass and blocked seven shots, including four from Fernandez.

Green Bay (17-4, 7-1 Horizon) received a team-best 19 points from Keifer Sykes, who also dished out six assists.  Sykes was the only Phoenix player to finish in double figures, however.  The Crusaders limited Green Bay to just 38.3% shooting (23-of-60) from the field, including just three 3-pointers.

Valparaiso (13-10, 5-3 Horizon) opens the second half of Horizon League play Saturday afternoon at UIC at 3 p.m.  As always, the game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen live on the Horizon League Network.  Links for the live audio and video, as well as live 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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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