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Valparaiso faces big challenges in tough losses against Drake & Missouri State

Coach Matt Lottich and his team were faced with a difficult task on Jan. 26 as they played a game without their top three scorers.

Junior guard Ryan Fazekas has been out for five games with a leg injury, senior center Derrik Smits was ruled out right before the start of the game against Drake and junior guard Markus Golder went down while being fouled on within four minutes of the start of the game. Right after he shot his free throws, he jogged back to the locker room and wouldn’t play for the rest of the game.