VU Team rallies to Win Home Opener After Miserable Start...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate

After the first 20 minutes of the V.U. Crusaders vs IU South Bend Titans game, I sat wondering how was it even remotely possible that the Crusaders came within 11 points of 6th Ranked North Carolina only a few days earlier? They were missing shots, they were sluggish, they were out rebounded, outplayed, & out scored in every area of the game. (Let's give some credit to the Titans).

In my previous years of watching Valpo play, they had times as a slow starting 2nd half team. After a 10-4 spurt,  the Crusaders were down 43-34 and I was thinking  "uh-oh". During a time out, I turned to the friends behind me and my wife and said "McPherson is a 5th Year Senior, he needs to step up & take control of this game and team with leadership" .....and he did!!!

Valpo went on a 21-0 run!  It all started with Howard Little and Eric Buggs defense to start the 2nd half ! This combined with one of the most impressive 3 point shooting bonanza I have ever seen by Brandon McPherson. Having season tickets in the front row, it was an absolute treat to see him right in front of me knocking down 3pointers... 4 in a row! It was as though the basket was 10ft wide:) Whatever he threw-up, WENT IN! Brandon ended the game with a career high of 25pts.

 Valparaiso University Crusader Cheerleaders

 Howard Little and Eric Buggs (#15) Help Brandon McPherson up :)

 VU Crusaders 1st 2009 season home game vs. IU south Bend Titans

 Valparaiso University Crusader maskot

 VU Band and Student Section with Super Fans :)

 Free Throws- they will be key to getting the W !

Valpo won the game final score = 78-56.

This is a young team and there are 2 players that, in my opinion, will need to step it up and be the Leaders - McPherson and Little. Both these guys are very solid players and with their leadership and hard play as examples, Valpo may just have a pretty good year !

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Diane Rice
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Jeff did a post?????  Howdy Jeff!  We can see your COACHING SPIRIT at work.   Best wishes for a continual good year in BOTH TEAMS... Valpo AND Tucker!

Nov 20, 2009 07:37 PM #1
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James K Barath, CMPS
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This game shouldn't have even been this close. They played a nice game against NC to only look mediocre against the Titans. Let's see how the team gels over the holidays.

Nov 20, 2009 09:05 PM #2
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Hi Diane - Yes - Jeff does the sports editorials  lol - I just enjoy taking the photos and talking with everyone at the game - and I do enjoy cheering the team on to win :) GO VU !

Hi James - they were down by 3 at half time and we were surprised - but the second half they came out ON fire! and it was a joy to see the run for the win. Since many are new - it will be a building year for them to gel...but the potential is there for sure!

thanks to both of you for taking time to stop by and comment.

Sincerely,

Grace

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