CHICAGO -- Ryan Broekhoff had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Valparaiso pulled away late for a 75-70 victory against Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night.
In a constantly-close game -- there were 13 ties, with the largest lead by either team nine points -- Valpo gained a late foothold with consecutive baskets by Broekhoff, Dority and Van Wijk for a 67-61 cushion with 54 seconds remaining. Each time Illinois-Chicago cut the margin to four points, the Crusaders answered.
Valpo went 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final 12 seconds.
Daniel Barnes had eight steals for the Flames, tying a school record.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.