Everybody scores in Crusaders romp over North Park 113-50
By Gregg Schwartz Post-Tribune correspondent November 10, 2013 6:16PM
Updated: December 12, 2013 6:32AM
VALPARAISO — Valparaiso’s size and skill overpowered the North Park Vikings 113-50 Sunday afternoon for the Crusaders’ second straight home win.
LaVonte Dority led the Crusaders with 21 points, while Clay Yeo added 15 points.
It marked the fourth largest margin of victory in program history, while 113 points was also the most scored by the Crusaders (2-0) since scoring 118 against Chicago State on March 3, 1996.
In the win, Crusaders coach Bryce Drew recorded his 50th achievement, which makes him the fastest Valparaiso coach to win 50 games, surpassing the 79 games that both Loren Ellis and Gene Bartow needed. The humble Drew credited his players with the achievement.
“It means we’ve had really good players,” he said. “They’ve been efficient, shot the ball really well, and it’s been enjoyable to work for them.”
Dority opened the game hitting two consecutive 3-pointers, followed by a Jordan Coleman mid-court strip and breakaway dunk to pull ahead 8-0 in the first 1:31. The Crusaders never looked back.
“As a coach, you always worry after an emotional game how they’re going to come out and play in the next game,” Drew said, referring to VU’s opening night win against Murray State on Friday night. “I thought the guys came out with some energy definitely to start the game.”
After going 3-of-13 from the field on Friday, Dority made a point of fixing that on Saturday.
“Obviously I was upset the way I played (against Murray State), so I just had to get it going early,” he said.
Dority finished 5-of-6 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 overall from the field.
Yeo led VU with five of the team’s 23 assists. They only had nine total assists on Friday.
“We were looking for more assists than turnovers,” Yeo said. “We just looked for each other and tried to play together.”
Every Crusader scored in the contest, with Andrean graduate Nick Davidson pushing VU over the century mark with the first points of his collegiate career on a driving layup.
“It’s really special,” Davidson said. “When I came in the game, my teammates really wanted me to get that 100th point.”
Vashil Fernandez, along with Moussa Gueye, provided a physical presence in the paint. The two combined for 12 rebounds and seven of VU’s 10 blocked shots.