Valparaiso Crusaders host Purdue Northwest Pride in NCAA Exhibition Match

Valparaiso Crusaders host Purdue Northwest Pride in NCAA Exhibition Match

The Valpo Crusaders welcomed neighboring Pride from Purdue Northwest for an exhibition game at Valparaiso University’s Athletics Recreation Center. This was only the second meet-up between these two teams, the first being in December of 2018, when the Crusaders sent the Pride home with a 97-61 loss to Valpo. Tonight, PNW returned once more to Valparaiso, hoping to even the score.

This proved to be a difficult task since the Crusaders (2-4) have proven to be a tough opponent under fifth-year coach Matt Lottich, and remain unbeaten on their home court so far this season. Valpo was originally scheduled to play a match-up with Eastern Michigan, which was postponed until the 2021-2022 season and this contest against the Pride was added.

Valpo jumped out to an early lead against PNW, building up a formidable 20-point lead against their Northwest Indiana rivals from Hammond, eventually building up a 45-32 lead over PNW by the end of the first period.

The Pride caught their second wind at halftime, though. After coming within 9 points of taking the lead, the Crusaders regrouped and rebounded to a resounding 89 to 71 final score against PNW.

Highlights for Valpo included #25 Nick Robinson, who scored 21 points, #23 Ben Krikke with 8 rebounds, and #3 Daniel Sackey with 6 assists. 

On the PNW side was #1 Mikell Cooper with 17 points and #33 Vince Miskiewicz with 16 rebounds and 4 assists.Valparaiso will head next to Toledo, Ohio this Saturday, while the Pride will have a break until January 8, when they look forward to facing Michigan Tech in Houghton, Michigan.