CHICAGO -- Will Bogan scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and Valparaiso nearly coughed up a big first-half lead to eventually put away Loyola of Chicago 85-76 on Tuesday night.
Valparaiso (21-7, 11-3 Horizon) led by as many as 17 points in the first half and was up 42-27 at halftime before the Ramblers fought their way back into the game, using a 19-4 run to begin the second half capped by Christian Thomas' lay-in, making it 46-all with 11:21 to go.
Thomas ended the night with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
After Thomas' layup, the Crusaders responded, going on a 23-11 run capped by a Bogan jumper to make it 69-57 with 5:23 to play and Valparaiso never looked back. Ryan Broekhoff and Matt Kenney each had 14 points for the Crusaders.
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