November 26, 2010

Men's basketball can't stop Valpo in Las Vegas Invite

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LAS VEGAS -- Senior Devon Beitzel continued his hot Orleans Arena shooting Friday, but Northern Colorado allowed Valparaiso 50 second-half points in a 76-61 loss in a third-round Las Vegas Invitational game.

Beitzel scored a game-high 23 points for the Bears (2-3) -- that gives him 68 points in three games inside this gym -- but the Crusaders (3-2) shot 65 percent from the field in the second half and 82 percent from three.

Redshirt-freshman Emmanuel Addo backed Beitzel with 12 points and a career-high nine rebounds, and senior Neal Kingman added 11 and seven boards.

The Bears didn't give up a Crusader field goal until the 9:40 mark in the first half, and at that point Northern Colorado led 11-6.

The Bears then scored the next seven points to take their biggest lead of the game at 18-6 and led 32-26 at halftime despite shooting just 39 percent from the field.

Valpo took control of the game in the second half, scoring the first eight points for a 34-32 lead and connecting on 15 of 23 shots and nine of 11 deep balls.

Northern Colorado hung with the Crusaders deep into the second half before Valpo stretched the lead to 11, highlighted by a wide-open three from Howard Little, who led the Crusaders with 18 points.

The Bears committed a season-high 23 turnovers in the defeat, which turned into 26 points on the other end.

Beitzel, who set in this gym two seasons ago the school record for free throws in a single game, made all nine of his attempts Friday, including five in the second half.