Hot-Shooting Valpo Defeats Men's Basketball, 86-61|
Feb. 5, 2013
With the loss, the Flames dropped to 14-10 on the season, with a 5-6 mark in Horizon League play. Valpo improved to 18-6 and 8-2.
Preseason Horizon League First-Teamer Ryan Broekhoff poured in a game-high 22 points, including 19 in the first half, to lead a group of four Crusaders in double figures. Seniors Josh Crittle and Daniel Barnes each scored 12 points to lead UIC's offensive effort.
"It was a great effort by Valpo; they showed why they are the top team in our League tonight," said head coach Howard Moore. "They had a heck of a night shooting, and our defense was not there."
Valpo led 44-27 at halftime, with Broekhoff exploding for 19 points, including nine in the final 2:06. The Crusaders finished the frame shooting 65.2 percent from the floor on 15 converted field goals. Junior forward Hayden Humes and senior point guard Gary Talton both picked up two early fouls, as Humes was limited to just seven minutes of action in the opening 20:00. Barnes scored a team-high 10 points in the first half on three field goals.
The Crusaders outscored the Flames 42-34 in the second half and built a game-high 35-point (82:47) lead with 6:19 remaining. UIC finished the game with mostly reserves in the lineup. Freshman forward Jake Wiegand came off the bench to score nine points (3-4) to go along with five rebounds.
UIC will continue its four-game road trip this Sunday (Feb. 10), when the Flames travel to Youngstown State (1:00 p.m. CST). The Flames will be seeking a season sweep over the Penguins, who dropped a 66-60 decision at Cleveland State Tuesday.