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Crusader Rally Falls Short at Nebraska
Kevin Van Wijk led all players with 20 points on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kevin Van Wijk led all players with 20 points on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (2-1)
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Nebraska (2-0)
11/15/2012 | Devaney Center (Lincoln, Neb.) | Attendance: 8526
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Valparaiso222648
Nebraska282250
Stats at a GlanceVALPONEB
FG Percentage.340 (16-47) .373 (19-51)
3P FG Percentage.133 (2-15) .417 (5-12)
FT Percentage.667 (14-21) .636 (7-11)
Offensive Rebounds87
Defensive Rebounds2825
Total Rebounds3632
Turnovers1112
Steals31
Bench Points97
Statistical LeadersVALPONEB
PointsVAN WIJK - 20
Ubel - 17
ReboundsBROEKHOFF - 10
Talley - 6
AssistsKENNEY - 3
Talley - 4
StealsBOGGS - 1
VAN WIJK - 1
KENNEY - 1
Gallegos - 1
BlocksAlmeida - 3

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Valparaiso men’s basketball team trailed by as many as 14 points before falling 50-48 against Nebraska at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday night.  Senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) paced the Crusaders’ furious comeback bid, posting 20 points and six rebounds.

The Crusaders’ and Huskers’ first meeting since 1920 was a defensive struggle as neither team shot better than 40 percent. Valpo finished 34 percent from the field and shot just 2-of-15 from behind the arc after draining 26 three-pointers in its first two contests.

“Usually we are a lot more aggressive driving to the basket,” head coach Bryce Drew said. “I thought Nebraska did a good job closing out, and also containing our drive. I thought Nebraska’s bigs did a good job being bigs. [Valpo] has won before by not shooting well from three, basically we were two points away from that tonight.”

Trailing 48-37 with 7:21 remaining in the game, the Crusaders closed the game on an 11-2 run and twice cut the deficit to two. Senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) hit a pair of free throws to make it 48-46 with 16 seconds remaining and Van Wijk hit a pair of free throws to make it 50-48 with three seconds remaining. Nebraska’s Andre Almeida missed a free throw with one second left but Matt Kenney’s (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) shot from three-quarters court fell short as the buzzer sounded.

“I thought the last seven minutes we finally got a rhythm and started to play,” Drew said. “For 33 minutes Nebraska outplayed us. That is something we will try and work on for the next game.”

Valpo trailed 28-22 at halftime and the margin swelled to as high as 14 in the early stages of the second half.  A lay up by Nebraska’s Benny Parker put the Huskers up 40-26 with 14:58 remaining.  The Crusaders outscored Nebraska 22-10 the rest of the way.

It was a see-saw affair for the first five minutes of the game as the two teams were deadlocked 9-9.  A Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) triple ignited a 7-2 Crusaders run and Valpo raced out to its largest lead of the game, leading 16-11 with 11:07 remaining.  The Huskers, however, closed out the half on a 17-6 spurt.

Broekhoff played 27 total minutes and scored eight points and grabbed ten rebounds, placing him 12th on the Crusaders' all-time rebounds list with 626.

Jordan Coleman’s (North Hollywood, Calif./Calabasas [Southwestern Illinois College/Hawai'i]) six-point, six-rebound performance included a nifty baseline dunk to cut the Nebraska lead to nine with 5:02 remaining.  Kenney added three points and a season-high six rebounds.

The Crusaders played much of the second half with a thin bench.  Fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) checked out early in the second half and did not return, while senior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) fouled out with just under seven to play.

Nebraska’s leading scorer, Brandon Ubel, paced the Huskers, scoring 17 points to go along with five caroms.  Ray Gallegos scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

The Crusaders were held with fewer than 50 points for the first time since scoring 47 in a loss to Ohio State last November.  Meanwhile, Valpo’s defense is allowing just 50 points per contest through three games.

Valparaiso (2-1) wraps up the road trip Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against Kent State in Ohio. The game will can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network. Links to the live audio and 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