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Homer Drew retires again; son Bryce takes over at Valparaiso


Homer Drew is retiring

Valparaiso Crusaders head coach Homer Drew has announced his retirement after 22 years at the school, and former star Bryce Drew will replace his father.

Homer Drew won 640 games, seventh-most among active coaches, and took the Crusaders to their only appearance in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

Bryce Drew will replace his father

This is the second time he has retired and turned the coaching reins over to one of his sons. Scott Drew took over for one season at Valpo and then was hired at Baylor. That move brought the elder Drew back from retirement.


Info and photos courtesy of Valparaiso athletics

Valparaiso star guard Wood transferring to Michigan State


Brandon Wood (courtesy of Valparaiso athletics)

Valparaiso Crusaders star guard Brandon Wood has decided to transfer to Michigan State after earning his bachelor’s degree.

The redshirt junior was the Horizon League’s number 3 scorer last season at 16.7 points per game.

Most folks probably wonder how an athlete can transfer after receiving a degree and still have two years left.

Well, the NCAA has a rule that allows schools to apply for a waiver that would allow transfers to play immediately if they have earned a degree, have eligibility remaining and enroll in a graduate-level program.

Wood earned first-team All-Horizon League this season and was on the 2011 Horizon League tournament team.


Info courtesy of Valparaiso athletics & Horizon League news

Valparaiso ends Wright State’s 14-game home winning streak

Horizon League schools (file photo)

Wright State shot 68 percent in the first half in building a 40-33 advantage, but managed just four field goals in the second in losing to the Valparaiso Crusasders 71-60 in Horizon League action at the Nutter Center Friday evening.

The Crusaders, the second-place team in the league, started the second half with an 18-3 run. WSU cut the lead down to five, 55-50 with 8:15 to play, but the Raiders could get no closer in the contest.

The loss ended the Raiders 14-game winning streak at home. The last time Wright State lost at home was a 77-65 decision to Butler on January 8 of last season.

N’Gai Evans and Vaughn Duggins each scored 19 points for the Raiders with Cooper Land adding 14.

Brandon Wood led all scorers with 26 points for Valparaiso, 16 coming in the second half.

The Crusaders shot 63 percent in the second and dominated the statistical categories: rebounding 36-23, 13-6 on the offensive boards, points in the paint 34-16 and second-chance points 21-8.

The Raiders fall to 11-7 overall, 4-2 in the league. Valpo ups its record to 13-5, 5-1.

Info courtesy of Wright State Raiders athletic news

Dayton Flyers cruises by PFL foe, Valparaiso 48-14

RB Taylor Harris (UD)

The University of Dayton Flyers scored 35 unanswered points on their way to a 48-14 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday at Welcome Stadium. Dayton improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pioneer Football League, keeping Dayton in a first-place tie with San Diego and Drake.

Speaking of San Diego, the Flyers go on the road to San Diego this Saturday, October 9, Game time is 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.

UD scored first when Taylor Harris scored on a 19-yard run just under six minutes in the game. Valpo tied the game on the next possession when Nate Goergen hit Sean McCarty over the top of the defense for a 58-yard touchdown.

The Flyers scored the next 35 points, beginning with freshman Gary Hunter’s 82-yard kickoff return for a TD.

CB Gary Hunter (UD)

Hunter’s return was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Dayton freshman in the school’s ‘modern era’ (since 1920) and in all probability in school history. It was also the first by a UD player since Brad Thobe picked up an onside kick and returned it 43 yards against San Diego in 1998.

Andrew Zapinski scored twice for the Crusaders on the day. His first touchdown was on a two-yard dive with 10:50 to go in the game. His second TD was a 69 yarder for the final score of the day.

Zapinski was the game’s top rusher gaining 82 yards on four carries.

DT Mike Morante (UD)

Dayton outgained Valparaiso 443-200. The Flyers defense allowed just 33 net rushing yards, and sacked Valparaiso quarterbacks six times in the game.

James Vercammen led the Flyers with 12 tackles, including a sack, a fumble recovery and 2.5 tackles behind the line. Mike Morante had 2.5 sacks and Devon Langhorst added 2.0.

All photos and information courtesy of Dayton athletics