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.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.