Scores

Final

Butler 46

(20-14, 11-7 Horizon)

Valparaiso 65

(22-10, 14-4 Horizon)

    Coverage: ESPNU/WatchESPN

    8:48 PM ET, March 3, 2012

    Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, Indiana

    1 2 T
    BUT 24 2246
    VALP 31 3465

    Top Performers

    Butler: C. Hopkins 18 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Stl

    Valparaiso: R. Broekhoff 19 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Valparaiso 65, Butler 46

    Associated Press

    VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Ryan Broekhoff had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Valparaiso defeated Butler 65-46 Saturday night in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament.

    The top-seeded Crusaders (22-10) advance to the championship game Tuesday against third-seeded Detroit.

    Kevin Van Wijk and Erik Buggs added 11 points each for Valparaiso, which shot 54 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Bulldogs 39-22.

    Fifth-seeded Butler (20-14) got 18 points from Chrishawn Hopkins and 12 from Erik Fromm. The Bulldogs shot just 33 percent overall and made 2 of 11 3-pointers.

    The Crusaders used a 17-1 run early in the game to go on top 19-8. Butler pulled within 31-24 at halftime and opened the second half with another basket to make it a five-point game. But Broekhoff answered with a 3-pointer that started an 18-4 Valparaiso run as the Crusaders cruised to their third victory over the Bulldogs this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BUT
    VALP
    Points 46 65
    FG Made-Attempted 17-51 (.333) 23-43 (.535)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-11 (.182) 6-16 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-17 (.588) 13-21 (.619)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 21

    2011-12 Season

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