Haanpaa has 15 as Valpo beats Ill.-Chicago

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP)—Samuel Haanpaa scored 15 points to lead Valparaiso to a 60-56 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday night in the Horizon League.

The Crusaders took the lead for good with 10:48 left on a Haanpaa 3-pointer that made it 44-42. The Flames narrowed it to 58-56 on a Scott Vandermeer layup, but Valpo’s Jarryd Loyd hit two free throws to preserve the win.

Loyd finished with 13. Shawn Huff had 10 points and seven rebounds for Valparaiso (14-6, 4-4), which was outrebounded 45-33 and trailed 40-33 at the break.

Josh Mayo scored 16 to lead Illinois-Chicago (10-9, 4-4). Robert Bush added 14.

Vandermeer finished with a career-high 21 rebounds.

Illinois-Chicago had its worst shooting half of the season, 17.1 percent from the field in the second half.

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 Ill. Chicago
S. VanderMeer S. VanderMeer
4-13,  9 Pts
21 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Valparaiso
S. Haanpaa S. Haanpaa
5-6,  15 Pts
3 Rebs, 0 Assists

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