Haanpaa has 15 as Valpo beats Ill.-Chicago
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.