Scores

Final

Butler 59

(18-13, 11-7 Horizon)

Valparaiso 71

(21-10, 14-4 Horizon)

    Coverage: ESPNU/WatchESPN

    7:00 PM ET, February 24, 2012

    Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, Indiana

    1 2 T
    BUT 21 3859
    VALP 31 4071

    Top Performers

    Butler: K. Marshall 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Valparaiso: K. Van Wijk 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Valparaiso 71, Butler 59

    Associated Press

    VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Kevin Van Wijk hit 8 of 9 shots and scored 18 points Friday night, leading Horizon League champion Valparaiso past Butler 71-59 and denying the Bulldogs a chance to clinch second place.

    Will Bogan made three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Crusaders (21-10, 14-4), who have won seven of nine. Ben Boggs scored 11 points, and Ryan Broekhoff hauled in nine rebounds.

    Khyle Marshall's 17 points paced the Bulldogs (17-13, 11-7), whose five-game winning streak ended. Andrew Smith added 12 points, and Ronald Nored had 11 points and eight assists.

    Butler would have clinched second place with a victory but now can finish anywhere from second to fifth, pending Saturday's results.

    Valparaiso never trailed, enjoying its biggest lead at 27-12 late in the first half.

    The big difference came at the free throw line. The Crusaders sank 26 of 33 to Butler's 13 of 22.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BUT
    VALP
    Points 59 71
    FG Made-Attempted 21-55 (.382) 20-42 (.476)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 5-19 (.263)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-22 (.591) 26-33 (.788)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 15

    2011-12 Season

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