Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Led by 16 points from Will Bogan, the Valparaiso Crusaders took down the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 85-76, in a Horizon League bout at Gentile Arena.
For the Crusaders (21-7, 11-3 HL), Matt Kenney and Ryan Broekhoff each added 14 points, while Kevin Van Wijk chipped in with 11 points.
Christian Thomas led the Ramblers (14-13, 4-10) with 15 points, while Jordan Hicks finished with 13 points, while Devon Turk and Jeff White each contributed 12 points.
Valpo took a 42-27 lead into the break, connecting on 62.1 percent from the field and 5-of-9 beyond the 3-point line in the first half. The Crusaders held Loyola to just 35.7 percent shooting and 3-of-10 from the perimeter.
After halftime the Ramblers picked up their shooting and knocked down 57.1 percent of their field goal tries, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. The Crusaders shot 45.8 percent from the field and 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc, as they held off the Ramblers in the second half to secure the win and maintain sole possession of first place in the conference.
The Crusaders outscored the Ramblers 30-18 beyond the arc.