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Crusaders Cap Regular Season With Coast-to-Coast Win Over Butler
The Crusaders pose with the HL regular season championship trophy following Friday's win. (Di Geng)
The Crusaders pose with the HL regular season championship trophy following Friday's win. (Di Geng)
Butler (17-13, 11-7)
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Valparaiso (21-10, 14-4)
2/24/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 5237
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Butler213859
Valparaiso314071
Stats at a GlanceBUVALPO
FG Percentage.382 (21-55) .476 (20-42)
3P FG Percentage.286 (4-14) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.591 (13-22) .788 (26-33)
Offensive Rebounds137
Defensive Rebounds1825
Total Rebounds3132
Turnovers1012
Steals76
Bench Points2013
Statistical LeadersBUVALPO
PointsMARSHALL - 17
VAN WIJK - 18
ReboundsJONES - 5
MARSHALL - 5
SMITH - 5
BROEKHOFF - 9
AssistsNORED - 8
BOGGS - 3
BOGAN - 3
StealsHOPKINS - 3
BOGAN - 2
BlocksJONES - 2
BROEKHOFF - 2

Friday, February 24, 2012

Valparaiso put an emphatic end to a championship regular season on Friday evening, leading wire-to-wire in a 71-59 victory over Butler.  The victory came on Senior Night in front of a sellout crowd of 5,237 and in front of a national television audience on ESPNU.

With one of Valpo’s all-time great teams in attendance to be honored on Friday, the 1961-62 Crusader squad which was the first in program history to advance to an NCAA postseason tournament, this year’s Valpo team showcased why they had already clinched the Horizon League regular season title with one game to play, scoring the game’s first five points and never trailing.

A put-back on the Crusaders’ first possession by Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) gave Valpo a lead it would not relinquish, and then just as in Tuesday’s win over Loyola, Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) hit a pair of early 3-pointers to help the team’s opening run.  By the time Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) fed Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) for a fast-break layup, the Crusaders led 10-2 less than four minutes into the game.

With Butler starting the game by missing its first 12 shots and not hitting a field goal until over nine minutes in, Valpo had plenty of time to add to its game-opening spurt.  While the Crusaders went nearly four minutes without scoring, Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]) ended the drought with an old-fashioned 3-point play, and then Boggs converted all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer two trips later to make it 16-2 Valpo nine minutes in.

Butler finally connected from the field on an Andrew Smith putback on its next trip, but the Crusaders maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the half.  Valpo pushed the lead up to 15 points with four minutes left in the opening stanza on a 3-pointer by Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville), but a buzzer-beating baseline jumper by the Bulldogs’ Chrishawn Hopkins would make the lead just 31-21 at halftime.

The story of the second half was the Crusaders preventing Butler from making any runs at the lead.  Every time the Bulldogs got within single digits, Valpo pushed the lead back above the 10-point threshold.  It was 39-30 after a pair of Khyle Marshall free throws with 14:17 left, but Broekhoff answered with a driving layup to push the lead back to 11 points.

A Marshall layup with just under eight minutes to play cut Butler’s deficit to 49-40, but two trips later, Bogan converted a pair of free throws and then drained a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 54-41 Valpo with 6:31 to go.  The Crusaders went into the under-four minute media timeout leading by just nine after a Marshall dunk, but Edwards got to the foul line out of the timeout and hit both freebies to extend the lead to 58-47.

Butler had one push left in it, as back-to-back 3-pointers by Ronald Nored and Hopkins sliced the Crusader edge to 60-54 with two minutes to play.  But the Bulldogs fouled on a full-court press out of their timeout, and Bogan again hit two free throws to put Valpo up by eight.  Then, after a Butler miss, Broekhoff grabbed the rebound and led the fast break, eventually hitting Van Wijk underneath for a 64-54 lead with 1:42 to go.  The Bulldogs would not get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Van Wijk matched his best shooting effort of the season, going 8-of-9 from the floor for a game-high 18 points while also grabbing five rebounds.  Bogan added 14 points and three assists without a turnover, while Boggs chipped in 11 points and five boards. 

Broekhoff failed to reach double figures for just the second time this calendar year, scoring just six points, but grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to help Valpo out-rebound Butler, 32-31.  The Crusaders were a stellar 15-of-23 inside the 3-point line on the evening and converted 26-of-33 from the foul line.

Butler (17-13, 11-7 Horizon) was led by 17 points off the bench from Marshall.  Andrew Smith ended the night with 12 points, while Nored scored 11 and handed out eight assists.

Valparaiso (21-10, 14-4 Horizon) has eight days before its next game, as it awaits its semifinal opponent in the 2012 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship at the ARC.

Live Chat Archive:

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