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Rapid Reaction: Valparaiso 73, UIC 55

CHICAGO — Seven Valparaiso players scored six or more points Saturday as the Crusaders dominated UIC for a 73-55 win. The Crusaders came in as heavy favorites, and here’s how they avoided any chance of a major upset.   Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com 22 second-chance points for Valparaiso. Valparaiso is one of the nation’s best rebounding teams, and it tore...
Via The Catch and Shoot
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vashil Fernandez breaks Valparaiso blocks record

Photo: Jesse Kramer / thecatchandshoot.com CHICAGO — With an emphatic rejection into the seats of the UIC Pavilion, Valparaiso center Vashil Fernandez set a new program record for career blocks. The fifth-year senior dominated UIC in the paint Saturday for six blocks and now has 233 for his career, surpassing former center Raitis Grafs’ record that stood since 2003. Fernandez...
Via The Catch and Shoot
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Peters scores 18, Valparaiso beats Cleveland St. 77-52

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to help Valparaiso cruise to a 77-52 win over Cleveland State on Thursday night. Peters has scored in double figures in 21 of 22 games this season. David Skara and Shane Hammink scored 10 apiece for Valparaiso (18-4, 8-1 Horizon League). Vashil Fernandez had eight points, eight rebounds and five...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Valparaiso beats Youngstown State 96-65 for 6th league win

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Alec Peters and Darien Walker scored 18 points apiece to help lead Valparaiso to a dominating 96-65 win over Youngstown State on Monday night. Peters, who had 15 in the first half, made 7 of 11 from the floor and nailed all four attempts from beyond the arc. Walker made 6 of 9 field goals, including 4 of 5 from long range. Jubril Adekoya added 12 points and...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Valparaiso pulls away from Green Bay, 85-70, to go to 5-0

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Alec Peters scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Valparaiso pulled away to beat Green Bay, 85-70 to remain unbeaten atop the Horizon League Saturday night. The victory gave coach Bryce Drew, his brother Scott Drew and father Homer Drew a combined 500 coaching victories at Valparaiso. The family already topped 1,000 collegiate coaching victories this...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Valparaiso beats Milwaukee 68-56, runs home win streak to 21

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) With Alec Peters shut down, Vashil Fernandez stepped up to score a season-high 14 points and Valparaiso defeated Milwaukee 68-56 on Thursday night, running its homecourt winning streak to 21. Fernandez made 6 of 7 field-goal attempts and collared nine rebounds for Valparaiso (14-3, 4-0 Horizon), matching Peters for most boards. Peters, who scores nearly...
Via Associated Press
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Valparaiso gets Vashil Fernandez back

Vashil Fernandez will once again be roaming the post for the Valparaiso men’s basketball team this coming season. The reigning Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year was granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA earlier this summer, and the university made the announcement official Thursday.Fernandez originally lost his first year of eligibility due to his delayed...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Valpo C Vashil Fernandez granted extra year of eligibility

Valparaiso Crusaders center Vashil Fernandez has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA and will return to the defending Horizon League champions next season. Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported the NCAA’s decision. Fernandez and Crusaders head men’s basketball coach Bryce Drew offered brief statements on the ruling. “I am excited...
Via Campus Sports Net
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Valparaiso loses in devastating fashion at NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso battled with Maryland but was bitten by a no-call on the game’s final play, falling 65-62 to the Terrapins. “I am obviously not a referee, senior forward Vashil Fernandez said, “but it was pretty clear that he fouled (guard Keith Carter). It was a tough way for me to end my career.” Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images Carter had the ball in the final seconds and...
Via The Catch and Shoot
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Keifer Sykes, Paris Bass Headline 2015 Horizon League Awards

Keifer Sykes of Green Bay has been named the 2015 Horizon League Player of the Year. Joining Sykes on the Horizon All-League First Team are Kahlil Felder, Anton Grady, Trey Lewis and Alec Peters. Vashil Fernandez of Valparaiso was named Defensive Player of the Year. Paris Bass of Detroit won Newcomer of the Year honors.
Via RealGM
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Fifth-year transfer Jay Harris chooses UIC

Jan Somma-Hammel/Staten Island Advance UIC picked up a late addition to its 2014-15 roster with Wagner transfer Jay Harris choosing to join the Flames. Harris will be eligible immediately for the start of the season. Harris averaged 10.3 points and shot 38.6% on 3-pointers last season for the Seahawks. Prior to his time in New York, he played a pair of seasons at Valparaiso in the...
Via The Catch and Shoot
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

LaVonte Dority, Valparaiso Cruise Past UIC

LaVonte Dority scored a career-high 33 points Saturday in Valparaiso’s defeat of UIC. (Photo: AP | Paul Sancya) Saturday began a new month, but the struggles remained the same for UIC (5-18, 0-9 Horizon). The Flames’ losing streak stretched to 12 games as their bid for a first Horizon League ended well short against Valparaiso (14-10, 6-3), 70-46. Valparaiso senior LaVonte Dority...
Via The Catch and Shoot
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Valparaiso routs Southeastern (Fla.) 89-46

LaVonte Dority scored 18 points and Alec Peters added 16 as Valparaiso routed Southeastern (Fla.) 89-46 on Saturday as part of the UCF Holiday Classic. Valparaiso (8-5) scored the game's first nine points and led 22-2 midway through the first half. The Crusaders shot 55 percent from the field and were 15 of 24 from beyond the arc. Dority and Peters each went 4 of 5 on 3-pointers...
Via Associated Press
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Recap: Saint Louis narrowly defeats Valparaiso 67-65

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Dwayne Evans scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds in helping Saint Louis squeeze by Valparaiso 67-65 on Saturday night.Grandy Glaze added 14 points for Saint Louis.St. Louis (8-2) led 39-30 at intermission due in part to Valpo's 13 turnovers, but the Crusaders (6-5) took care of the ball in the second half and narrowed the deficit to four points (62-58) with...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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