Valparaiso beats Loyola 66-62 for Horizon titleTuesday, Feb 21, 2012
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP)—Ryan Broekhoff had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Matt Kenney scored six of his eight points in overtime as Valparaiso clinched the Horizon League regular-season title with a 66-62 victory against Loyola Chicago on Tuesday night.
Will Bogan added 16 points and Kevin Van Wijk 12 for the Crusaders (20-10, 13-4), the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Valpo received a bye to the semifinals and will host both games on March 3. The championship contest on March 6 is on the home floor of the highest remaining seed.
Ben Averkamp had 21 points and nine rebounds, Denzel Brito 12 points and Christian Thomas 10 for the Ramblers (7-20, 1-15).
Kenney’s 3-pointer with 2:35 remaining in overtime gave the Crusaders the lead for good, 57-56. After Bogan had baskets on consecutive possessions, Kenney hit two free throws to make the score 63-57.
A Brito layup got Loyola within 64-62 with 14 seconds left, but Broekhoff hit two free throws to seal it.