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Bloody Monday: Monmouth and Valparaiso subject themselves to the tribunal

Monday, Bloody Monday. The Monmouth Hawks and the Valparaiso Crusaders, two teams with complicated mid-major resumes, could have reduced the size of the bubble had they won their respective conference tournaments. Given that the Wichita State Shockers failed to win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament over the weekend, the bubble was already growing as March Madness gathered...
Via The Student Section
March 08, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Valpo's amazing play sends Horizon League semis to OT

Valparaiso, the top seed in the Horizon League Tournament, just tied fourth-seeded Oakland at 79 as time expired on an incredible full-court inbound pass and layup.  Jubril Adekoya threw the pass, and Alec Peters made the catch and laid it in for the tie.  MARCH IS HERE https://t.co/5vR5UsIRAO — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) March 8, 2016 Just how Valpo coach Bryce Drew drew...
Via College Spun
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Could the nation's best mid-major team really miss the NCAA tourney?

VALPARAISO, Ind. – I recently visited this small college town an hour southeast of Chicago – home to popcorn maven Orville Redenbacher, by the way – to see perhaps the best mid-major team in college basketball this year. My spot was right behind Valparaiso’s 41-year-old fifth-year head coach Bryce Drew, and I had no idea that would mean I had the best seat in the house.Drew’s...
Via FOX Sports
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

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
February 06, 2016  |  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

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

Yeo 3-pointer lifts Valparaiso over Oakland 63-60

Clay Yeo hit four 3-pointers and his last was the game-winner with 7 seconds left to lift Valparaiso to a 63-60 win Sunday over Oakland. Bobby Capobianco scored on a three-point play to give Valparaiso a 60-57 lead with 2:25 to remaining. Both teams missed 3-pointers on its next two possessions. Travis Bader then answered for Oakland, draining a trey to tie the game at 60 with 41...
Via Associated Press
February 09, 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

UIC Hosts Horizon League Defending Champion Valparaiso

Photo: Charles Mitchell | Sun-Times Media UIC (5-17, 0-8 Horizon) returns to the UIC Pavilion, where it has not beaten a Division I opponent all season, on Saturday. The Flames will host the Valparaiso Crusaders (13-10, 5-3) at 3 p.m. CT. These teams met in the conference opener at Valparaiso, and the Crusaders defeated the Flames, 87-72. UIC owned an eight-point lead at halftime...
Via The Catch and Shoot
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Valparaiso surges late past Illinois-Chicago 87-72

Keith Carter scored 19 points and LaVonte Dority added 14 with six assists to power Valparaiso past Illinois-Chicago 87-72 in a Horizon Conference opener for both teams Thursday night. The Crusaders (9-7, 1-0 Horizon) erased an eight-point halftime deficit and were within one midway through the second half. Dority drilled two free throws- the second putting Valparaiso on top- and...
Via Associated Press
January 02, 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

Valparaiso routs NAIA Cincinnati Christian 94-58

David Chadwick scored 14 points and Alec Peters shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the field and added 13 points as Valparaiso cruised to 94-58 win over NAIA opponent Cincinnati Christian. The Crusaders (5-4) went on a 20-4 run in the first half to extend their lead to 42-18 and led by double digits the remainder of the game. Valparaiso shot 64.6 percent from the field, was 8-of-16 on...
Via Associated Press
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Valparaiso knocks off UCF 85-70

Alec Peters had 16 points as Valparaiso led from start to finish to defeat University of Central Florida 85-70 Tuesday night. Peters was one of five Crusaders in double figures as Jordan Coleman had 15, Bobby Capobianco totaled 14, LaVonte Dority had 12 and Lexus Williams contributed 10. Valparaiso (4-3) started the game on a 20-7 run and had a 41-33 advantage at the half. UCF...
Via Associated Press
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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