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Crusaders Cruise to Exhibition Win Over Saint Joseph’s
Jordan Coleman goes in for a dunk Saturday night. (Ray Acevedo)
Jordan Coleman goes in for a dunk Saturday night. (Ray Acevedo)
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10/27/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 3198
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Saint Joseph's (Ind.)323062
Valparaiso434790
Stats at a GlanceSJCVALPO
FG Percentage.319 (23-72) .554 (31-56)
3P FG Percentage.316 (6-19) .400 (10-25)
FT Percentage.714 (10-14) .947 (18-19)
Offensive Rebounds138
Defensive Rebounds1836
Total Rebounds3144
Turnovers1118
Steals46
Bench Points2830
Statistical LeadersSJCVALPO
PointsCLIFTON - 11
CAPOBIANCO - 19
ReboundsLIPTON - 8
FERNANDEZ - 10
AssistsFRANCIS - 4
ROSSI - 6
StealsSLOAN - 3
BUGGS - 2
BlocksGRIER - 1
COLEMAN - 2
FERNANDEZ - 2
BUGGS - 2

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Valparaiso led by double figures for the last 30 minutes and shot better than 55% from the floor as the Crusaders opened exhibition play with a 90-62 victory Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center over Saint Joseph’s (Ind.).

“I think you saw a team in Saint Joseph’s tonight which is going to have a really good year in their league,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “I think our returning players got us out to a really good start.  It was a great game for our newcomers to get their feet wet, especially the guys who haven’t played a competitive game in a year or two.  We learned a lot from this game, got a lot out of it, and we’ll definitely take what we learned and apply it going forward.”

The Crusaders showcased their balance on Saturday night, as all nine players who dressed played between 17 and 28 minutes.  All nine grabbed at least two rebounds, while eight of the nine scored and eight tallied at least one assist as well.

Four Crusaders finished the night in double figures, led by 19 from junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) in his first game in a Valpo uniform.  Capobianco went 6-of-10 from the floor, including a three-pointer, and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.  The junior grabbed eight rebounds as well.

Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) scored an efficient 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, adding five free throws as well.  The duo of Capobianco and Broekhoff led the way as the Crusaders finished the night 18-of-19 (94.7%) from the charity stripe.  Senior Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) hit three 3-pointers en route to a 15-point effort off the bench, while senior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) went 3-for-4 from downtown and scored 12 points.

Sophomore Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) debuted with eight points, six of which came on dunks, and a game-high 10 rebounds.  Redshirt sophomore Alex Rossi (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier [California]) was the lone Crusader not to score, but handed out a team-best six assists without a turnover in 17 minutes off the bench, while fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) dished out five assists as well.

Valpo trailed just once, at 2-0 early, but scored nine of the next 11 points, capped by a 3-pointer from fifth-year senior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]), to go ahead 9-4.  Later, a fast-break layup by Buggs pushed the lead to double figures for the first time at 16-6, less than five minutes into the game.  The lead got up to as many as 15 points in the first half, and the Crusaders closed the half with a 43-32 lead.

The Crusaders quickly put the game out of reach as the second half commenced, as Boggs sandwiched an inside bucket by Capobianco with a pair of 3-pointers as Valpo scored the first eight points of the second half.  The lead never fell under 16 points the rest of the way as the Crusaders closed out their first exhibition victorious.

Valpo ended the night 31-of-56 (55.4%) from the floor, including 10-of-25 (40%) from behind the 3-point line.  Valpo out-rebounded the Pumas 44-31 and out-scored them in the paint by a 38-20 margin.  Four of the nine Crusaders who played – Capobianco, Rossi, Fernandez and junior Jordan Coleman (North Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas [Southwestern Illinois College/Hawai’i]) [7 points, 4 rebounds]) – made their first appearance in a Valpo uniform on Saturday.  Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) was led by 11 points from Corey Clifton, while Damon Ellison Jr. added 10 points.

Valparaiso will play its second and final exhibition game next Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. at the ARC against Robert Morris [Ill.].

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