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Crusaders Put Together Stellar All-Around Effort in Win Over Milwaukee
Play Video Bobby Capobianco tallied eight points and nine rebounds in Friday's win. (Kevin Fedde)
Bobby Capobianco tallied eight points and nine rebounds in Friday's win. (Kevin Fedde)
Milwaukee (5-18 (1-8))
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Valparaiso (17-6 (7-2))
2/1/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 4013
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Stats at a GlanceUWMVALPO
FG Percentage.273 (12-44) .563 (27-48)
3P FG Percentage.167 (2-12) .524 (11-21)
FT Percentage.700 (14-20) .462 (6-13)
Offensive Rebounds105
Defensive Rebounds1925
Total Rebounds2930
Turnovers1610
Steals78
Bench Points2023
Statistical LeadersUWMVALPO
PointsAARON - 17
BOGAN - 12
BOGGS - 12
ReboundsHARRIS - 5
TEAM - 5
CAPOBIANCO - 9
AssistsAARON - 1
GULLEY - 1
RICHARD - 1
PANOSKE - 1
ARIANS - 1
HAGGERTY - 1
DORITY - 5
StealsAARON - 4
BOGGS - 2
BUGGS - 2
BROEKHOFF - 2
BlocksCAPOBIANCO - 2
FERNANDEZ - 2

Friday, February 01, 2013

Valparaiso put together its best defensive performance against a Division I school in nearly 30 years in earning its largest Horizon League win since joining the league on Friday evening, downing Milwaukee by a 71-40 score in front of 4,000-plus at the ARC.

The 40 points surrendered by the Crusaders were the fewest against a Division I opponent since Valpo gave up just 33 points in a win over Green Bay on Jan. 21, 1984.  It’s most recent defensive effort of this magnitude came against Grinnell on Dec. 9, 1987, a 68-40 Valpo victory.  Meanwhile, the 31-point margin of victory was the Crusaders’ largest within league play since they were a Mid-Con member and defeated Oakland 95-64 on Jan. 2, 2006.

“I think our guys came in mentally prepared today, and it showed,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “We put up some of our best numbers all year and shot the ball much better tonight.  Credit goes to the seniors for coming out focused and ready to play and to the rest of the team for following their focus.”

It was a tight game early on, with senior Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) providing the early offense, scoring 10 points in the opening six minutes as the Crusaders maintained a narrow lead.  A pair of Milwaukee free throws cut the Valpo edge to 12-10 with 12:12 to play in the first half, but the Crusaders went on a 10-1 spurt over the next four minutes, featuring 3-pointers by fifth-year senior Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) and junior LaVonte Dority (Chicago, Ill./Foreman [USF]) and an old-fashioned 3-point play from senior Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport), to claim a double-digit lead 11:35 into the game.

The lead was seven at 25-18 as the clock ticked under the six-minute mark of the first half, but the Crusaders closed the half on a 12-3 run to go into the locker room ahead 37-21.  A triple from Broekhoff started the half-ending run, while fifth-year senior Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) also hit a 3-pointer during the spurt.  Boggs and Dority each added fast-break layups, and a tip-in by redshirt junior Bobby Capobianco (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland [Indiana]) in the final seconds capped the run, giving the Crusaders the 16-point edge into the break.

Valpo left no doubt as to the outcome out of halftime, scoring the first 11 points of the second half to push its lead to 27.  Senior Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) scored five points during the run, including a circus layup which he released while he was nearly horizontal to the floor.  Buggs added a steal and fast-break dunk, while Broekhoff capped the run with another 3-pointer.  The lead never fell below 25 points the rest of the way, reaching its zenith at 36 twice, once with 6:17 remaining on Bogan’s fourth 3-pointer of the game and then with 5:21 to play on a monster two-handed dunk by sophomore Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/Princeton Day [Md.] Academy).

The offensive effort was balanced for the Crusaders on Friday, as all eight Valpo players who scored tallied at least five points.  Bogan and Boggs tied for team-high honors with 12 points, while Broekhoff added 11.  Dority scored nine, Capobianco eight and Fernandez six off the bench, while Van Wijk tallied five in just 13 minutes of action.  Capobianco also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, while Broekhoff added seven caroms.

Dority paced the Crusaders with five assists, one of seven players to record multiple assists as Valpo totaled 19 helpers on 27 made field goals.  The Crusaders shot 56.3% (27-of-48) from the floor and 52.4% (11-of-21) from behind the 3-point line, the fourth time this year Valpo has shot better than 50% from downtown.

Jordan Aaron led Milwaukee (5-18, 1-8 Horizon) with 17 points, but was the only Panther to score more than six points on the evening as they shot just 27.3% (12-of-44) from the field.  Aaron also tallied a game-high four steals.

Valparaiso (17-6, 7-2 Horizon) returns to action on Tuesday evening from the ARC as the Crusaders host UIC at 7:05 p.m.  As always, the game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and seen online on the Horizon League Network. Links for the live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at ValpoAthletics.com, while ValpoGameday.com will be your one-stop shop for live video, stats and interactive chat on the same page.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo