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Crusaders Roll to Win In Exhibition Action
De'Andre Haskins went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in Valpo's exhibition win.
De'Andre Haskins went a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in Valpo's exhibition win.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Elmhurst box score

Ahead by just two at the half, Valparaiso stormed out of the gate in the second half with a 23-4 run and rolled from there, finishing the night with an 85-63 victory over Elmhurst in an exhibition game at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

“This was a good game for us tonight,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “We were able to play all of our guys and try some different combinations with all the new faces we have.”

The Division III Blue Jays hung around with the Crusaders in the first half and led on multiple occasions early on.  With Elmhurst ahead 17-15 midway through the first half, Valpo went on an 11-2 spurt, started by a jumper from De’Andre Haskins (Long Beach, Calif./La Lumiere [Ind.] School), over a span of 3:35 to take a 26-19 lead.  Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) and Logan Jones (Madison, Ind./Madison) each chipped in baskets during the run, which Haskins capped with a fast-break jumper followed by a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions to give the Crusaders their largest lead of the opening stanza.

Elmhurst would not go away quietly, however, fighting back and again tying the score briefly at 31 with 2:46 to play in the first.  A pair of free throws by Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) put the Crusaders ahead for good, but the Blue Jays’ Brent Ruch kept it a two-point game at the half at 38-36 with a layup on their final possession.

The start of the second half was a different story, though.  Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) recorded a steal on Elmhurst’s opening possession and started a fast-break which was finished by a layup from Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian).  Little quickly followed with an offensive rebound and layup on the Crusaders’ next possession as Valpo started to pull away.

After the teams traded a pair of points, Little got out ahead of everybody for a fast-break basket to extend the lead to eight.  The Blue Jays missed their next shot and it was Buggs who came down with the rebound and found Igbavboa for the bucket on the break.  A tip-in by Ruch slowed Valpo’s momentum and cut the lead back down to eight at 48-40 with 16:19, where it would remain for the next minute and a half.

Haskins broke the scoring drought in a big way, knocking down a trifecta with 14:39 to play to push Valpo’s advantage back into double figures.  After a Blue Jay miss, it was again Haskins hitting the triple off a feed from Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) to extend the lead to 14 points.

The next time down the floor, Diebler took his turn for a 3-pointer as Igbavboa found the senior open to make it a 17-point game with 12:47 to play.  Benjamin Fumey (Bremen, Germany/Freie Hansestadt) and Little each added a pair of free throws, with Little’s capping the 21-4 run over the first 8:36 of the second half as Valpo went ahead 61-40.  The Crusaders would never lead by less than 15 points the rest of the way.

“I thought we gave up too many first-half points, but that we did a much better job defensively in the second half,” said Drew.  “Erik really set the tone with his defensive pressure, creating steals and opportunities for us to run up and down the floor.  I really thought the turning point of the game was when De’Andre hit his back-to-back threes and then Jake hit a three of his own.”

Igbavboa paced three Crusaders in double figures with 18 points to go with a team-best seven rebounds.  Haskins connected on all five of his shots from the field, three from behind the arc, for 15 points off the bench, while Fumey went 5-of-6 from the floor for 13 points.  Buggs and Rogers tied for team-high honors with four steals apiece.

Ruch led all players with 19 points and nine rebounds for Elmhurst.  Ryan Burks chipped in 17 points for the visiting Blue Jays.

Valparaiso kicks off regular season play next Saturday, November 15, at the ARC as the Crusaders host Marian College.  Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WWLO, 89.1 FM, Lowell) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.  The official Crusader website will also have links for live video and statistics.

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