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Purdue Calumet's Trent Tucker (30) tries block shot by Valparaiso's Lavonte Dority during first half Crusaders home game against Peregrines

Purdue Calumet's Trent Tucker (30) tries to block a shot by Valparaiso's Lavonte Dority during the first half of the Crusaders home game against the Peregrines in Valparaiso, Ind. Saturday December 22, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 24, 2013 6:51AM



VALPARAISO — With his team playing its fourth game in eight days, Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew got his entire roster involved in Saturday’s 79-51 win over Purdue Calumet (6-9).

“I think our depth has been good to us so far and hopefully it’ll be one of the better parts of our season,” said Drew. “I’m comfortable with whatever five we put out there as long as they’re not fatigued.”

Leading scorer Ryan Broekhoff did not play after spraining his ankle against IUPUI on Thursday, but the 10 active Crusaders (9-4) on the roster each played at least 14 minutes in the blowout victory.

LaVonte Dority helped account for Broekhoff’s absence by leading VU in scoring with 19 points, including 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. Dority has been the Crusaders’ leading scorer in three of the four games he’s played since gaining eligibility after transferring from South Florida.

“It feels like we’re gelling more in each game and in each practice,” said Dority, who was playing in front of about a dozen family and friends from his hometown of Chicago.

Will Bogan also helped carry VU’s offense with a season-high 14 points off the bench. Bogan was 4-of-6 from behind the arc, well above his mark of 10-for-30 (33 percent) entering Saturday’s game.

“It feels good to turn my shooting around and to have a game where I shot like I know I can,” said Bogan. “It hasn’t gone as well as I would’ve liked this season. I have to thank my teammates for getting me open looks.”

“Those two had excellent games,” Drew said, referring to Bogan and Dority. “LaVonte helped get us into the bonus which got us to the free throw line more. Will not only made 3s but also had one of his best defensive games since he’s been here.”

VU jumped out to a 20-14 lead in the middle of the first half, then put the Peregrines firmly in its rearview mirror with an 18-6 run. The Crusaders scored the final nine points of the opening 20 minutes, including a Matt Kenney breakaway layup as time expired to take a 49-25 lead into the locker room.

After the game, Drew said that Broekhoff should be ready for the Crusaders’ next game on Dec. 29 at Murray State.

Forward Bobby Capobianco left the game with an injury to his right shoulder and did not return. Drew said Capobianco was undergoing further evaluation after the game.



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