MUNCIE, Ind. -- LaVonte Dority scored 16 points to lead a hot-shooting Valparaiso offense in a 69-50 victory over Ball State on Wednesday night.
Valparaiso (6-4) shot 48.2 percent (27 of 56) from the field and closed the first half on a 12-0 run after Ball State took its only lead of the game at 20-19.
Jesse Berry's 3-pointer gave Ball State (2-5) the lead, but the Cardinals went scoreless in the final 5 minutes of the half and Dority's 3-pointer with 29 seconds left sent the Crusaders to half with a 31-20 advantage.
Valparaiso never surrendered its double-digit lead in the second half, led by Dority with 13 second-half points. The Crusaders shot 59.1 percent from the field in the half.
Mark Alstork scored 11 points for the Cardinals and Berry had 10.