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No-Doubt Victory Puts Crusaders in First Place
Play Video Ryan Broekhoff posted his ninth double-double of the year Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan Broekhoff posted his ninth double-double of the year Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (18-8, 11-3 HL)
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Cleveland State (20-5, 10-3 HL)
2/9/2012 | Cleveland, Ohio - Wolstein Center | Attendance: 4521
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Valparaiso293059
Cleveland State172441
Stats at a GlanceVALPOCSU
FG Percentage.419 (18-43) .259 (14-54)
3P FG Percentage.500 (11-22) .077 (1-13)
FT Percentage.632 (12-19) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds712
Defensive Rebounds2922
Total Rebounds3634
Turnovers1710
Steals69
Bench Points2210
Statistical LeadersVALPOCSU
PointsBROEKHOFF - 24
MONTGOMERY - 15
ReboundsBROEKHOFF - 10
GRADY - 9
AssistsBOGGS - 4
HARMON - 1
MONTGOMERY - 1
KAMCZYC - 1
StealsKENNEY - 2
BROEKHOFF - 2
HARMON - 3
KAMCZYC - 3
BlocksEDWARDS - 1
VUCIC - 1
BOGAN - 1
HARRIS - 1
BROEKHOFF - 1
GRADY - 5

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Playing on the road in a first-place showdown Thursday night in Cleveland, Ohio, Valparaiso surrendered the first point of the game to Cleveland State.  Valpo then scored 17 straight over the next eight minutes to seize control for good, and the lead never dropped into single digits the rest of the way, as the Crusaders came out of the Wolstein Center with a 59-41 victory and atop the Horizon League standings.

“Tonight didn’t have much to do with our coaches coaching, because the players out there for us did a tremendous job making plays, making shots, hitting the boards, and playing defense,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “We all knew coming in how good a team Cleveland State is and how well they play defense, and I thought Ryan and Richie really were huge on the offensive end, making shots and forcing Cleveland State’s defense to extend.”

The damage was done early and often on Thursday by juniors Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) and Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]).  Broekhoff got the Crusaders started by scoring on each of Valpo’s first four possessions, connecting on 3-point attempts on each of the first two trips.  After getting fouled and converting two free throws on the next possession, Broekhoff canned his third triple of the opening four minutes to give the Crusaders a quick 11-1 lead.

Then, it was Edwards who would kick off his third straight monster game.  He knocked down his first 3-point attempt with 14:48 to play in the first half to push the lead to 14-1, and then with the defense continuing to hold the Vikings scoreless, made it 17-1 Valpo at the 12:01 mark with another trifecta.  Trevon Harmon answered with CSU’s first field goal by knocking down a 3-pointer, but Edward responded with yet another triple to make it 20-4 Crusaders less than nine minutes into the game.

Valpo’s scoring pace slowed down from there, but the Crusaders still extended their advantage, as Broekhoff’s fourth 3-pointer of the half pushed the lead to 19 points with nine minutes to play in the half and a driving leaner by Edwards with 4:33 to play in the opening period made it 28-8 Valpo.  The Vikings ended the half on a 9-1 run over the last four minutes to cut the halftime lead to 29-17 after an opening 20 minutes which saw Broekhoff and Edwards combine for 26 of Valpo’s 29 points.

The Crusaders erased any notions the Vikings would have of rolling the momentum over into the second half right away, however.  The first offensive trip of the second half saw Broekhoff nail his fifth triple of the game, and then following a Vikings basket, redshirt junior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) got into the act from downtown with the Crusaders’ ninth 3-pointer of the game.  Yet another 3-pointer from Broekhoff made it 41-21 Valpo with 13:52 remaining.

The Crusaders’ largest lead came just under two minutes later, when Edwards connected from deep again to push the advantage to 44-23.  Cleveland State went on an 11-3 run over the next five minutes to move within 13 points once again and had the basketball, but the Valpo defense forced an air ball from behind the arc which Broekhoff grabbed and went coast-to-coast for the monster slam dunk to put an exclamation point on the victory.

Broekhoff paced all players on Thursday evening with his ninth double-double of the 2011-2012 campaign, posting 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from behind the arc, his second time in the last three games hitting six triples, and also grabbing 10 rebounds.  Edwards added 20 points, his best performance against a Division I team this year, on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown while also pulling down six rebounds.

“Richie has worked extremely hard all year long on becoming a better player,” said Drew.  “Coming in from junior college, it takes a little time to get used to a new team’s offense and system, and I think now you’re seeing him really playing with confidence within our system.”

Redshirt junior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) posted a solid line on Thursday night as well, going for eight points, seven rebounds and three assists without committing a turnover.  Junior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) added six rebounds, while junior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) tallied a team-high four assists.  Valpo ended the night shooting 11-of-22 from behind the 3-point line and out-rebounded the Vikings 36-34.

Cleveland State (20-5, 10-3 Horizon) was led by 15 points from Jeremy Montgomery, but he was the only Viking to score more than seven points on Thursday, as CSU was held to just 25.9% (14-of-54) shooting from the floor and 1-of-13 (7.9%) from behind the 3-point line.  Anton Grady tallied nine rebounds and five blocked shots in the losing effort.

“One thing our team has done a great job of doing is focusing on one game at a time,” said Drew.  “It’s a long conference season, and we’ve approached each upcoming game like it’s the most important one of the season, and that’s what we’ll do heading into Saturday.”

Valparaiso (18-8, 11-3 Horizon) puts first place on the line Saturday night at Youngstown State in a game which tips at 6 p.m. CST.  As always, all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen online on the Horizon League Network.  Links to both the audio and video webcasts, as well as live stats, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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