Valparaiso nips Illinois-Chicago 83-82

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VALAPARAISO, Ind. (AP)—Brandon Wood and Ryan Broekhoff each scored 18 points as Valparaiso edged Illinois-Chicago 83-82 Monday night.

Brandon McPherson added 15 points for the Crusaders (13-13, 8-6 Horizon), who have won seven of their last nine games.

Jeremy Buttell had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Flames (6-18, 2-12), who scored a season high but still lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Robo Kreps added 17 points.

Valparaiso led 75-66 with just over three minutes to play, but Illinois-Chicago quickly mounted an 11-4 run to pull within two with just under a minute left. Two free throws by McPherson later put the Crusaders ahead 83-79 with 27 seconds to go.

Kreps then hit a 3 as time expired.

Neither team led by more than nine points in a game that featured 10 ties and nine lead changes.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Ill. Chicago
Jeremy Buttell Jeremy Buttell
9-13,  25 Pts
12 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Valparaiso
Ryan Broekhoff Ryan Broekhoff
7-14,  18 Pts
9 Rebs, 0 Assists

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