Valpo Overcomes Slow Start To Knock Off Milwaukee
Matt Tiby

Matt Tiby

Jan. 18, 2014

Box Score

VALPARAISO, Ind. - LaVonte Dority had 27 points and Valparaiso held the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to 32 percent shooting from the floor as the Crusaders claimed a 75-62 win Saturday afternoon at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Panthers (13-7, 3-3 Horizon) bolted to a 14-5 lead in the first seven minutes of the game before the Crusaders (11-9, 3-2) controlled the final 33 minutes of the contest.

Matt Tiby had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead Milwaukee, but the Panthers took 31 three-point shots and were never on track offensively after the opening minutes of the game.

"One thing I don't worry about with my group is how hard they'll play and how much effort they'll give. But sometimes we just get away from who we are and I think that's evident today by 31 three-pointers," Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter said. "You look at Tiby's numbers and you think about what if he had a few more touches."

During the fast start by Milwaukee, Valpo coach Bryce Drew used a pair of timeouts in an attempt to stem the tide. The second one did the trick, as Dority scored five in a row to provide a spark that never really went away for the Crusaders. The senior wound up with 19 points before halftime and almost single-handedly put Valpo in control of the game.

"That had a lot to do with Valpo's energy after that second timeout in the first half," Jeter said. "I don't know what he said to LaVonte Dority, but I'd like to know because I'd like to use it on my guys. He really turned into a different player - one that we couldn't guard from that point on."

The Panthers scored the first five points of the game and eventually went ahead 14-5 when Tiby scored on a runout seven minutes into the game. Valpo countered quickly out of a timeout, scoring seven in a row to pull within 14-12. Milwaukee eventually restored leads of 20-15 and 22-18, but the Crusaders came back with nine in a row to claim a 27-22 lead.

 

 

The Panthers got back within 29-27 on an Arians three but would never be that close the rest of the day.

A Dority three gave the Crusaders and 40-30 lead at the halftime break and the lead hit 11 early in the second half. Milwaukee did close to within 43-37 on a Tiby basket with 17:03 left but could never get over the hump. Valpo's lead hit 52-39 on a basket by Carter with 14:06 remaining and was still 60-48 with 6:45 left.

Milwaukee's best chance to answer came after that, with a three and a layin by Tiby bringing the Panthers within six at 60-54. UWM then had a possession to get closer, but J.J. Panoske missed a three from the top of the key. Jordan Coleman answered on the other end with a three-point play and Valpo had restored order.

The Panthers now wrap up their stretch of three-straight games on the road with a Tuesday contest at Wright State. The game starts at 6 p.m. CST and can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

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