Crusaders win Horizon League to earn berth



VALPARAISO, Ind. — EriK Buggs scored 22 points as Valparaiso beat Wright State 62-54 on Tuesday night to win the Horizon League Tournament and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Crusaders (26-7) last played in the NCAA Tour­nament in 2004.

Reggie Arceneaux had 14 points for Wright State  (21-12).



In Sioux Falls, S.D., Nate Wolters battled through a tight defense and finally got his chances in the second half, scoring 27 points to lead South Dakota State (25-9) past North Dakota State (24-9) in the final of the Summit League Tournament.

Wolters also had five rebounds and six assists for the Jackrabbits (25-9), who earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

Jordan Dykstra had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Jackrabbits, and Tony Fiegen had 12 points.

Taylor Braun led North Dakota State with 23 points, including two consecutive three-point plays where he aggressively sliced into the paint.



In New York, C.J. Garner scored a career-high 31 points and LIU Brooklyn (20-13) punched its ticket for the NCAA Tournament with a victory over Mount St. Mary’s (18-14) in the finals of the Northeast Conference Tournament.

Jamal Olasewere added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Blackbirds (20-13), who became the only team to win three consecutive conference tournament titles.

After a frantic back-and-forth first half, LIU Brooklyn opened the second half with a 35-31 lead. Led by a decisive dunk by Olasewere and a three-point play from Garner, the Blackbirds went on a 13-4 run to go ahead by 13 only 6 minutes into the half.

LIU Brooklyn didn’t allow Mount St. Mary’s to pull closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Sam Prescott scored 21 points for the Mountaineers.


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