VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -Brandon McPherson scored 21 points to lead Valparaiso to a 78-71 victory over Cleveland State Saturday.
Brandon Wood scored 17 points, Cory Johnson 15 and Ryan Broekhoff 13 for the Crusaders (8-11, 3-4 Horizon). Valparaiso shot 57 percent for the game, with McPherson going 8-for-11 from the field.
The Crusaders managed just 55 percent (12-for-22) from the free-throw line.
Trevon Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery each scored 20 points for the Vikings (7-12, 3-4). D'Aundray Brown had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Norris Cole added 14 points for Cleveland State, which finished at 39 percent from the field. The Vikings took 15 more outside shots than the Crusaders but made three fewer.
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