Valparaiso 68, Texas A&amp,M-Corpus Christi 62

Cory Johnson scored 18 points to lead Valparaiso past Texas

A&M-Corpus Christi 68-62 in the final round of the Las Vegas

Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Howard Little added 13 points and eight rebounds for Valparaiso

(4-2). In the final 1:44, the Crusaders went 8 of 8 from the

free-throw line to pull away from the Islanders (2-5).

Demond Watt led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 14 points and

nine rebounds. Justin Reynolds had 13 points and six rebounds for

the Islanders.

Valparaiso led 27-26 at halftime, and after five lead changes

early in the second half, the Crusaders took the lead for good at

35-32 on a Little 3-pointer with 17:48 left. The Islanders cut the

lead to 58-57 with 2:26 remaining, but the Crusaders went on a 8-0

run to put it away.