Exhibition Game No. 2
Valparaiso 90, Robert Morris 82
Lavonte Dority led five players in double figures with 18 points as the Crusaders shot 53 percent to edge the nationally-ranked Eagles. Dority's back-to-back 3-pointers with just under five minutes remaining helped open up a one-possession game and give Valparaiso enough cushion to withstand Kashaune McKinney's game-high 38 points.
Game Ball -- Clay Yeo and Lexus Williams combined for 30 points while David Chadwick added five points and five rebounds in 12 productive minutes. The three Valparaiso reserves will no doubt be pushing for playing time when Bryce Drew shrinks the rotation once the regular season begins. All three players had shining moments on Saturday and proved they can be counted on in key moments of the game.
Air Ball -- Free throw shooting has been a thorn in Valparaiso's side in recent years and the old bugaboo showed up again on Saturday as the Crusaders shot just 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from the charity stripe. Part of the deficiencies come from the fact that a guard didn't attempt a free throw for the first 34 minutes of the game. Alec Peters was especially alarming at the line as the freshman missed all three of his attempts. Lavonte Dority and Bobby Capobianco also missed free throws when made shots could've taken some of the pressure off the Valparaiso defense.
He Said It -- "That's something that's going to change from game-to-game. It depends on who is playing well. There will be tough decisions." -- Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew on dividing playing time during the regular season
Next Up -- The Crusaders open the 2013-14 regular season on Friday night against Murray State. The two teams met last year in Valparaiso's signature non-conference victory as Ryan Broekhoff had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Crusaders to a wild 66-64 victory in Kentucky.