Both teams shake hands after a hard fought game.
The Flames came out on the fire to start the second half. But missed shots, turnovers, and mistakes on defense would hurt them and ultimately cost them the game.
After leading by as much as nine, the Crusaders began to take advantage of UIC’s mistakes and would eventually extinguish the Flames.
Not helping matters was when Hayden Humes and Josh Crittle both got into foul trouble and spent most of the second half on the bench. Humes eventually fouled out of the game.
Valparaiso took advantage of UIC’s lack of size on the court midway through the half. Gary Talton who led all scorers with 25 points, did everything he could to battle back and keep the Flames alive.
They would come back to tie the game four times down the stretch. But big jump shots in the final minutes, combined with UIC putting Valpo at the free throw line too many times for comfort, the Crusaders scored on all of those opportunities and would prevail in the end.
Ryan Broekhoff led the Crusaders with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bryce Drew once again takes home a victory over arch-rival UIC, and the Flames drop to 10-6 (1-2 Horizon League). They have now lost five of their last six and they will need to get themselves together if they have any chance of beating Wisconsin-Green Bay the next time they hit the court.
After the game, UIC head coach Howard Moore and team captian Gary Talton spoke with the media: