Van Wijk's 18 help Valparaiso defeat Butler 71-59
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) Kevin Van Wijk hit 8 of 9 shots and scored 18 points Friday night, leading Horizon League champion Valparaiso past Butler 71-59 and denying the Bulldogs a chance to clinch second place.
Butler would have clinched second place with a victory but now can finish anywhere from second to fifth, pending Saturday's results.
Valparaiso never trailed, enjoying its biggest lead at 27-12 late in the first half.
The big difference came at the free throw line. The Crusaders sank 26 of 33 to Butler's 13 of 22.
Updated February 24, 2012