Game No. 6
Valparaiso 81, James Madison 49
The Crusaders used a 36-6 run to take control in what was as close to a must-win game as there is in November. Valparaiso entered the game on a three-game losing streak and Bryce Drew didn't hesitate to make changes in the starting lineup. Lexus Williams and Jubril Adekoya replaced Jordan Coleman and Bobby Capobianco in the first unit. Williams responded with a career-high 12 points and four steals.
Game Ball -- Jordan Coleman moved back to a reserve role on Saturday afternoon and didn't miss a beat. The senior scored five straight points to jumpstart the 36-6 scoring run and the California native finished with a game-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Both Coleman and Capobianco could've sulked over getting taken out of the starting lineup, but both players responded well. Capobianco was sidelined with early foul trouble, but the senior forward responded with six points and three rebounds in limited second half action. The company line after the game was that none of the players care about the starting lineup. They'll do whatever it takes to get a win.
Air Ball -- It's hard to pick out any one thing to harp on in this win, but the Crusaders again went a lengthy stretch without a field goal toward the end of the first half. The offense was sluggish for much of the first half until the defense forced a few turnovers and pushed the tempo of the game. Valparaiso needs to do a better job of finding an easy basket when these offensive lulls occur.
Quotable -- "It's great to be back home. We always want to win when we're at home. That's one of the things that we take pride in: not losing games in our own gym." -- Valparaiso senior guard LaVonte Dority
Medical Report -- Valparaiso junior David Chadwick didn't play for the second straight game on Saturday. The Rice transfer looked hobbled with a lower leg injury of some sort. There was no official word from the team, but given that he didn't take the floor in a 32-point blowout should signify that something is wrong for the time being.
Six Trillion -- Freshman Nick Davidson took the floor with 6:11 left in the game and stayed on the court until the end without registering a stat. That earns him the distinction of a six trillion according to former Ohio State walk-on Mark Titus who started the blog Club Trillion. Titus was an end-of-bench player who would get into the game late and do his best to not register any stats. He has held a season-long contest for the player with the most "trillion" minutes.
Up Next -- The Crusaders (3-3) return to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Tuesday night for the first of two non-conference contests with Central Florida. The Knights upset Miami on Thursday night and lost a close game to Florida State earlier this season.