Valparaiso, IN (Sports Network) - Ryan Broekhoff registered a double-double
with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Valparaiso Crusaders posted a 73-64 win
over the Youngstown State Penguins in Horizon League action at the Athletics-
Also putting up a double-double for the Crusaders (23-7, 12-3 HL) was Kevin
Van Wijk with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds as the team won for the
seventh time in the last eight outings and remained all alone atop the
conference standings. Will Bogan contributed with 10 points and five assists.
The Penguins (16-13, 7-8), losers of two of the last three, were paced by
Blake Allen with a game-high 22 points, DJ Cole added 15 and Damian Eargle 12
points, the latter becoming the 34th player in program history to reach 1,000
points for his career.
YSU shot an impressive 58.6 percent from the floor in the first half,
including 3-of-5 behind the 3-point line, allowing the visitors to take a
surprising 40-33 advantage at the break.
In the second half the Valpo defense dialed up the pressure. limiting the
Penguins to a mere 8-of-34 (.235) from the field as the visitors lost their
edge and the game.
Hitting 14-of-22 shots at the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes of play,
the Crusaders ended up outscoring YSU at the charity stripe, 20-9, on the
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