Valparaiso 66, Loyola of Chicago 62
Ryan Broekhoff had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Matt Kenney
scored six of his eight points in overtime as Valparaiso clinched
the Horizon League regular-season title with a 66-62 victory
against Loyola Chicago on Tuesday night.
Will Bogan added 16 points and Kevin Van Wijk 12 for the
Crusaders (20-10, 13-4), the No. 1 seed in the conference
tournament. Valpo received a bye to the semifinals and will host
both games on March 3. The championship contest on March 6 is on
the home floor of the highest remaining seed.
Ben Averkamp had 21 points and nine rebounds, Denzel Brito 12
points and Christian Thomas 10 for the Ramblers (7-20, 1-15).
Kenney’s 3-pointer with 2:35 remaining in overtime gave the
Crusaders the lead for good, 57-56. After Bogan had baskets on
consecutive possessions, Kenney hit two free throws to make the
A Brito layup got Loyola within 64-62 with 14 seconds left, but
Broekhoff hit two free throws to seal it.