DAYTON, Ohio -- Kevin Van Wijk scored 20 points with nine rebounds as Horizon League leader Valparaiso held off Wright State 68-61 Tuesday night, sweeping the season series and becoming the first conference team to reach 20 wins.
The Crusaders (20-6, 10-2), who have won four straight and 10 of their last 11, also defeated the Raiders 69-63 on Jan. 19.
Valparaiso never trailed, leading by 13 in the first half. Wright State climbed back, closing to 51-49 with 10:24 left. The Raiders got within two twice more, but could not pull ahead.
Leading 57-55 with 5:58 left, the Crusaders made 7 of 8 free throws and two baskets compared to Wright State's 3-of-12 shooting from the field.
A.J. Pacher scored a career-high 23 points off the bench for the Raiders (17-9, 8-5), surpassing his previous season high of 10 points in the opener.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, a source told ESPN.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.