Broekhoff leads Valparaiso past Butler 65-46
Ryan Broekhoff had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Valparaiso defeated Butler 65-46 Saturday night in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament.
The top-seeded Crusaders (22-10) advance to the championship game Tuesday against third-seeded Detroit.
Kevin Van Wijk and Erik Buggs added 11 points each for Valparaiso, which shot 54 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Bulldogs 39-22.
Fifth-seeded Butler (20-14) got 18 points from Chrishawn Hopkins and 12 from Erik Fromm. The Bulldogs shot just 33 percent overall and made 2 of 11 3-pointers.
The Crusaders used a 17-1 run early in the game to go on top 19-8. Butler pulled within 31-24 at halftime and opened the second half with another basket to make it a five-point game. But Broekhoff answered with a 3-pointer that started an 18-4 Valparaiso run as the Crusaders cruised to their third victory over the Bulldogs this season.
(Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)