Youngstown St. 71, Valparaiso 53

BY foxsports • February 11, 2012

Kendrick Perry scored 23 points and Dushawn Brooks had 20 points and nine rebounds as Youngstown State rolled to a 71-53 victory over Horizon League leader Valparaiso on Saturday night.

Brooks scored eight points and Perry six during a 16-0 first-half run that gave the Penguins (14-11, 9-6) a 28-16 lead, as they defeated the Crusaders (18-9, 11-4) for the first time in their last 15 meetings.

Blake Allen hit three straight jumpers for Youngstown State during a 10-0 second-half run that increased the lead to 44-27 with 14:57 remaining.

The Crusaders, who shot 31.9 percent (15 of 47), never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Richie Edwards led Valparaiso with 19 points.

Valparaiso, which took over first place by beating Cleveland State on Thursday night, held on to the top spot as Cleveland State lost 52-49 to Butler Saturday night.