Valparaiso defeats Illinois-Chicago 74-65

The Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Richie Edwards had 19 points and Matt Kenney added 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks as Valparaiso heated up after halftime to beat Illinois-Chicago 74-65 on Tuesday night.

Kevin Van Wijk scored 11 points for the Crusaders (19-9, 12-4 Horizon League), who in the second half shot 13 of 18 (72.2 percent) from the floor and made 8 of 9 3-point attempts.

Valpo is closing in on the conference regular-season title thanks to second-place Cleveland State's loss at Milwaukee on Tuesday. The Crusaders, who hold the tiebreaker against Cleveland State (20-7, 10-5) can clinch first place with a victory against Loyola Chicago on Feb. 21.

Gary Talton and Hayden Humes scored 15 points each for the Flames (7-18, 3-12).

Valpo trailed 37-27 at halftime. A 20-9 run over a 7:22 stretch of the second half was culminated when Jay Harris hit a 3-pointer to give the Crusaders their first lead, 48-47, with 11:03 remaining.

Darrin Williams had 13 points and seven rebounds for Illinois-Chicago.

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