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Arch Madness: Valparaiso Makes History With Semifinal Win Over Missouri State

Following this weekend’s pattern of upsets, Valparaiso University clinched its spot in the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball tournament championship game, beating Missouri State University 89-82 Saturday night. The Crusaders are the first No. 7 seed to ever make it to the finals.

The teams were back and forth throughout the first half, but Missouri State’s last lead of the game came with 3:01 left before halftime — the Crusaders held a narrow 40-38 lead at the break. The Bears managed to tie the score early in the second half, but they were never able to surpass Valparaiso.