Valparaiso, Ind. -- Junior Blake Allen and sophomore Kendrick Perry each scored 16 points to lead four players scoring in double figures but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 76-62 decision to Valparaiso on Friday evening at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
The Guins fall to 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the Horizon League while Valparaiso improves to 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the league.
Valparaiso received strong interior play led by Kevin Van Wijk's game-high 23 points and Ricihie Edwards' 11 points off the bench. Van Wijk and Ewards combined to shoot 13-for-24 from the field and leading scorer Ryan Broekhoff added 14 points.
The Guins jumped out to an early five point lead, 7-2, after scoring seven straight points a 3-pointer by Ward and jumpers by Allen and senior DuShawn Brooks.
After the teams traded baskets, the Crusaders scored the next seven points to take an 11-9 lead at the 11:49 mark.
Allen buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Guins their last lead of the game, 17-16, with 8:32 left in the first half.
The Crusaders, who shot 50 percent in the second half, scored next eight points to regain a seven-point edge, 24-17, before a Brooks jumper at the 5:43 mark cut the lead down to five, 24-19.
A jumper by Ward with 2:19 remaining brought the Guins within four, 26-22, but the Crusaders were able to push its lead to eight points, 32-24, at the half.
Valparaiso extended its lead to 15 points, 46-31, with 13:42 to go after clutch basketball by Broekhoff and Richie Edwards.
The Guins used a 10-2 run keyed by two triples by Allen to get back within seven, 48-41, with 11:25 left.
YSU got within seven on two other occasions - 57-50 on a jumper by Perry at 7:30 and 59-52 after two Perry free throws with 6:38 to go - but Valpo reestablished its double digit lead to as many as 16 points at the 2:41 mark.
The Guins visit Butler, Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at Hinkle Field House.