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Valparaiso 57, Youngstown St. 46

January 7, 1997

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) _ Bryce Drew scored 24 points and Zoran Viskovic had a career-high 11 rebounds as Valparaiso defeated Youngstown State 57-46 on Monday night.

The Crusaders (10-2) took control of the game from the start, though Youngstown State (5-6) managed to tie it up 3-3 at 18:56 in the first half with a 3-pointer by Hank Raber Jr.

After that, Valparaiso retook the lead with a 3-pointer by Drew _ who had six treys for the night _ and quickly added to its advantage. Valparaiso ended the half with a 13-point lead, 31-18.

In the second half, the Penguins managed to twice cut Valparaiso’s lead to 7 points thanks to a 3-pointer and jumper by Willie Spellman. But another Drew trey set the Crusaders back into motion as they pushed their lead to 16 points before ending the night with a comfortable 11-point advantage.

The Crusaders shot 45 percent for game, compared with Youngstown’s 32 percent, outrebounding Youngstown 36-29.

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