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Crusaders Pick Up Road Win at Georgia Southern
Ryan Broekhoff posted a double-double on Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Broekhoff posted a double-double on Friday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (1-1)
at
Georgia Southern (0-1)
11/11/2011 | Statesboro, Ga. - Hanner Fieldhouse | Attendance: 2547
1st2ndFinal
Valparaiso395190
Georgia Southern344781
Stats at a GlanceVALPOGSU
FG Percentage.540 (27-50) .491 (26-53)
3P FG Percentage.211 (4-19) .545 (6-11)
FT Percentage.711 (32-45) .719 (23-32)
Offensive Rebounds1611
Defensive Rebounds2117
Total Rebounds3728
Turnovers2020
Steals57
Bench Points1831
Statistical LeadersVALPOGSU
PointsBROEKHOFF - 22
FERGUSON - 20
ReboundsBROEKHOFF - 13
FERGUSON - 13
AssistsBOGAN - 4
POWERS III - 4
StealsKENNEY - 3
POWERS III - 5
BlocksBROEKHOFF - 1
FERGUSON - 1

Friday, November 11, 2011

Valparaiso gave head coach Bryce Drew his first win at the helm of the Crusaders, as Valpo led nearly start-to-finish Friday evening in a 90-81 victory over Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga.

Playing with just eight scholarship players and nine total players on the trip, Valpo found a way to win thanks in large part to highly accurate shooting inside the arc, as the Crusaders connected on 23-of-31 (.742) of their attempts from 2-point range.  Valpo also took advantage of 45 total trips to the foul line, connecting on 32 free throws.  The Crusaders posted 90 points despite dealing with foul trouble for a good bit of the night, as out of Valpo’s nine players, two ended up fouling out and three others finished with four fouls apiece.

“I’m just really proud of our guys tonight,” said Drew.  “We were nine strong tonight, as only nine guys made the trip.  Those guys found a way to log a lot of minutes and save their best for the last five minutes of the game.  So as a coaching staff, we're just extremely proud of the heart that they showed and the togetherness that they showed in the game’s final stretch.”

Georgia Southern notched the game’s first basket, but the Crusaders scored the next eight points to take the lead for good.  Valpo was able to extend the lead to double figures at 18-8 just 7:11 into the ballgame, and despite Georgia Southern crawling back within six, the Crusaders earned their largest first-half lead of 14 points with 3:44 to go in the stanza.  The Eagles scored 11 straight points late in the half, however, and only a pair of free throws by Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]) gave Valpo a 39-34 lead into the locker room for halftime.

A nine-point run early in the second  half helped Valpo push the advantage back up to 13 points, but Georgia Southern kept cutting into the edge and crawled within five points at 60-55 with 10:24 to play.  Again the Crusaders had the answer, pushing the lead back into double figures just two minutes later and going up by 15 points on a 3-pointer by Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) with 4:57 to play.  Valpo used the free throw line to hold off the Eagles, as Georgia Southern (0-1) got no closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Of the eight Crusaders that played on Friday, five scored in double figures, led by a double-double effort from Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport).  The junior tallied a game-best 22 points, including a 13-of-16 effort from the foul line, and also tied for game-high honors with 13 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive end.  Bogan set a new personal Division I high with 19 points in his second game in a Valpo uniform and also handed out four assists.

Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) hit all four of his attempts from the floor en route to 12 points Friday, while Edwards came off the bench to add 12 points and nine rebounds as well.  Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) rounded out the quintet of Crusaders in double figures with 10 points to go with seven rebounds, as Valpo owned a 37-28 advantage over Georgia Southern on the glass.

Eric Ferguson led Georgia Southern with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Ben Drayton III scored 19 points.  The Eagles held the advantage over Valpo in bench points by a 31-18 count, but the Crusaders earned 25 second-chance points to just 11 for GSU.

“Georgia Southern is a much improved team from the last time we played them,” said Drew.  “They’re definitely a program that's on the rise, so this is a quality road win for us tonight.  Now we’re excited to get back to the ARC and get to play our next four games at home.”

Valparaiso (1-1) opens the 2011-2012 home campaign this Monday, Nov. 14 as the Crusaders host Holy Cross [Ind.] College at 7:05 p.m.  All the action can be seen live on the Horizon League Network and heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  Links for the live video and audio, as well as live stats, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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