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Crusaders Blitz Indiana Wesleyan In Second Half
Bryan Bouchie matched a career-high with nine rebounds and also scored 12 points Wednesday night.
Bryan Bouchie matched a career-high with nine rebounds and also scored 12 points Wednesday night.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Box Score 

Leading by just four points at halftime, Valparaiso scored the first 13 points coming out of the break and never looked back, downing Indiana Wesleyan Wednesday night at the ARC, 93-46.  The Crusaders extended their home winning streak to 13 games with the victory.

The Wildcats, an NAIA Division II squad guided by former Crusader player and coach Greg Tonagel, hung with Valpo through the first half.  The Crusaders jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, but IWU scored 10 of the next 14 points to cut the deficit to one point just over six minutes into the contest.  Valpo would not lead by more than six points the rest of the half, and the Wildcats tied the score on four occasions in the opening 20 minutes.  A layup by Zach Coverstone with less than 30 seconds left in the half cut Valpo’s advantage to 35-31 at the break.

But Valparaiso stepped up the intensity in the second half on both ends of the court.  The Crusaders kept up their torrid shooting from the field, nailing 19-of-31 (61.3%) of their field goal attempts and 8-of-12 (66.7%) of their 3-point attempts to finish the game at 60.4% and 60.0%, respectively.  They also stepped up at the charity stripe, knocking down 12-of-14 (85.7%) free throws over the final 20 minutes.  Defensively, Valpo held Indiana Wesleyan to just seven second-half field goals, as the Wildcats went 0-of-16 from behind the arc in the second stanza.

“I was really proud of the way the team stepped up in the second half,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “The players really took it upon themselves to increase their level of play on both ends of the floor, and I thought we especially did a very good job on the defensive end, holding [Indiana Wesleyan] to just 15 points in the second half.”

Freshman Bryan Bouchie (Washington, Ind./Washington) keyed the Crusaders’ early spurt in the second half, scoring eight of their points in the opening 13-0 run.  Bouchie closed the game with 12 points and matched a career-best with nine rebounds.  Senior guard Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) finished the game with a team-high 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and tied his career-high with nine assists, six of which came in the second half, against just one turnover.

Three other Crusaders also reached double figures in the scoring column.  Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) posted 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added seven rebounds, while Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) hit five of his six shots on his way to 13 points in just 18 minutes.  Freshman Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) set a new career high with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting and also pulled down five boards.

“At the start of the second half, we were looking for guys who were playing at the energy level we were looking for,” said Drew.  “So we made the decision to start Bryan, Jarryd and Howard in the second half, and all three of them, along with Shawn and Sam, did a fantastic job getting us out to a great start.”

Indiana Wesleyan was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Coverstone.  Antonio Murrell also finished in double figures for the Wildcats, posting each of his 15 points in the opening half.

Valparaiso (11-3) resumes Horizon League action on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Indianapolis to take on #16/17 Butler.  Valpo will be looking for its third straight road win at the start of the league slate.  Tipoff is set for 1 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 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