2006-07 Men's Basketball News
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April 11, 2007
Valparaiso's Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) has been selected to attend the 2007 NCAA Leadership Conference May 27-31 at Disney's Coronado Springs Report in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
March 28, 2007
Head coach Homer Drew announced today that Arden Skoglund (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) has decided to leave the Valparaiso men's basketball team in order to pursue other opportunities in music and youth ministry.
March 15, 2007
Valparaiso's men's basketball team will be hosting four basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels. The camps will be staffed by the Crusader players and coaching staff.
March 09, 2007
Valparaiso University head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Keaton Frye (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott) has been granted a release from his commitment to the Crusader basketball program and will be transferring to Augustana College.
March 04, 2007
Valparaiso led by 13 points in the first half, but UMKC cut the deficit to two at the half and took the lead early in the second half before eventually downing the Crusaders, 84-76, in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament quarterfinals. The loss ends Valpo's season at 16-15.
March 01, 2007
Valparaiso faces off against UMKC in a rematch of the regular season finale in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Opening tip Sunday night is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., and can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.
March 01, 2007
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) was named to the All Mid-Continent Conference Second Team, while Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) received Honorable Mention accolades and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) was named to the All-Newcomer team as the league announced its annual awards today.
February 26, 2007
Valparaiso will face off against UMKC on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in a rematch of its regular season finale in the first round of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Championship in Tulsa, Okla., the league announced today.
February 24, 2007
For the second consecutive game, Valparaiso stormed out of the gate in the second half, going on a 19-0 run over the first four minutes of the second stanza and cruising to a 77-61 victory over UMKC on Senior Night Saturday in the regular season finale at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) tied Zoran Viskovic's school record by making 11 free throws without a miss in the win.
February 23, 2007
Valparaiso will close out the regular season Saturday at the ARC against the Kangaroos of UMKC at 7:05 p.m. Moussa Mbaye will be honored prior to the game as part of Senior Night festivities, and will address the crowd following the contest. The entire Crusader team will also be available for an autograph session after the game.
February 22, 2007
Valparaiso utilized a rare eight-point possession to seize momentum early in the second half Thursday night against Southern Utah, and easily pulled away for a 75-48 victory over the Thunderbirds at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the win, Valpo clinches the three seed in the upcoming Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
February 20, 2007
Valparaiso returns home to the ARC for the first of its final two games of the regular season Thursday night, hosting Southern Utah at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
February 17, 2007
Valparaiso held a six-point lead late in Saturday's game at Western Michigan, but the Broncos fought back to force overtime and went on to down the Crusaders in Kalamazoo, Mich., 89-80.
February 16, 2007
Valparaiso renews one of its oldest rivalries Saturday, traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich. to face off against Western Michigan. The series between the two teams dates back to the 1920-21 campaign. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. Central time, and the game will be carried on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
February 15, 2007
Valparaiso nailed six of its first seven shots from the field in the second half, extending a five-point halftime lead into double figures on its way to an 80-56 victory over Western Illinois Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the victory, head coach Homer Drew registered his 300th win at the helm of the Crusader program.
February 13, 2007
Valparaiso returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center Thursday to take on longtime conference foe Western Illinois. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. A videocast of the game will also be available on the athletics site.
February 10, 2007
Valparaiso fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit and had a shot to tie on its final possession, but could not get the 3-point attempt to fall, as Oakland defeated the Crusaders in Rochester, Mich. Saturday afternoon, 64-61.
February 09, 2007
Valparaiso looks to stay in the race for one of the top two seeds in the Mid-Con Tournament Saturday, taking on the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland. Tipoff is scheduled for noon Central time, and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
February 08, 2007
Lakeshore Public Television has moved all of the remaining episodes of ?Inside Valpo Basketball" to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights, beginning this evening.
February 08, 2007
Valparaiso took a 31-25 lead into halftime Thursday evening at IUPUI, but the Jaguars scored 13 of the first 17 points of the second half to take the lead for good, eventually pulling away for a 68-54 victory over the Crusaders.
February 07, 2007
Valparaiso, winners of its last three games and seven of its last eight, begins its final Mid-Con road trip Thursday night, taking on IUPUI in Indianapolis at 6 p.m. Central time. The game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
February 06, 2007
All session tickets for the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament are now on sale through the Valparaiso University Athletics Ticket Office.
February 05, 2007
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) registered a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Valparaiso used its best shooting performance of the season to defeat Chicago State Monday night in Chicago, Ill., 91-76.
February 05, 2007
Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) has been named Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the Mid-Continent Conference for his role in leading the Crusaders to key conference wins last week over Oral Roberts and Centenary.
February 04, 2007
Winners of six of their last seven games, the Crusaders step out of conference play Monday to take on former Mid-Con foe Chicago State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
February 03, 2007
Valparaiso allowed Centenary no field goals over the final 11:08 of the first half and closed the opening stanza on a 23-4 run on its way to an easy 68-50 victory Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The win marks the Crusaders' 200th victory all-time at the ARC.
February 02, 2007
Coming off of a 70-67 overtime victory over Oral Roberts on Thursday, Valparaiso looks to secure its spot in the conference's upper echelon as the Crusaders host the Centenary Gents Saturday night. The tip is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
February 01, 2007
Valparaiso stormed back from a nine-point deficit with under two minutes to play in regulation, forcing overtime on a Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) 3-pointer with five seconds to play, and held Oral Roberts to just two points in the extra session as the Crusaders downed the Mid-Con leaders, 70-67, Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 31, 2007
Valparaiso looks to bounce back from a loss at Southern Utah as the Crusaders host Oral Roberts Thursday night at the ARC. The game, which tips off at 7:05 p.m., can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and can be seen on Lakeshore Public Television, with both audio and video webcasts available through www.valpo.edu/athletics.
January 30, 2007
Valparaiso will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan on Saturday, February 17 at 3 p.m. Central time in a matchup derived from the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters pool.
January 27, 2007
Valparaiso placed three players in double figures and was within six points with 2:26 to play, but Southern Utah pulled away late for a 76-60 victory Saturday night in Cedar City, Utah.
January 25, 2007
Calum MacLeod (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley [Northeastern J.C.]) hit a 3-pointer to put the Crusaders ahead 12 seconds in overtime, and Valparaiso never trailed in the extra session, downing UMKC 56-52 Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo.
January 23, 2007
The Crusaders, on their third three-game winning streak of the season, hit the road to take on the Kangaroos of UMKC in Kansas City Thursday night. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
January 22, 2007
Valparaiso used a stifling defensive effort Monday to down IPFW in non-conference action at the Athletics-Recreation Center, 59-45.
January 22, 2007
Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) was named the Mid-Continent Conference men's basketball co-player of the week for his outstanding performance last week against Western Illinois, the league announced today.
January 21, 2007
ESPN.com writer Kyle Whelliston named Valparaiso as one of his five best college basketball game atmospheres last week as part of ESPN's Student Spirit Week, while fan voting placed Valpo 10th nationally among chosen schools.
January 20, 2007
Valparaiso takes a break from Mid-Con play Monday, hosting IPFW at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m. For the Crusaders, it is the first home game since the ARC was selected as one of college basketball's top game atmospheres by ESPN.com writer Kyle Whelliston.
January 18, 2007
Valparaiso connected on 12 of its 16 3-point attempts and jumped out to a 13-point lead just five minutes in on its way to an easy 78-60 win over Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. Thursday night.
January 16, 2007
Valparaiso looks to win back-to-back conference games Thursday as the Crusaders head to Macomb, Ill. to take on fellow Mid-Con charter member Western Illinois.
January 13, 2007
Trailing by four at halftime, Valparaiso scored 20 of the first 27 points in the second half and never looked back, defeating IUPUI Saturday night 69-55 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 12, 2007
Valparaiso looks to defend its home court Saturday night, as Mid-Con rival IUPUI takes on the Crusaders at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, and both an audio webcast and video webcast will be available on www.valpo.edu/athletics.
January 11, 2007
Samuel Haanpaa's (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) fifth 3-pointer of the ballgame gave Valpo a 72-71 lead with just over a minute to play, but Oakland's Erik Kangas hit a 3-pointer on the Golden Grizzlies' ensuing possession, and the Crusaders could not regain the lead, falling 81-76 Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 09, 2007
Valparaiso opens its Mid-Continent Conference home slate Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. as the Crusaders host Oakland at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo has never lost to the Golden Grizzlies in eight matchups at the ARC. Thursday's game will be broadcast live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and on Lakeshore Public Television, with both the audio webcast and the vidcast being offered on www.valpo.edu/athletics.
January 06, 2007
Valparaiso closed the first half on a 9-3 run to pull within five at halftime, but Oral Roberts pulled away in the second half and defeated the Crusaders, 75-60, Saturday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla.
January 05, 2007
Valparaiso looks to win its second straight road game to open Mid-Con play as the Crusaders take on rival Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. Saturday at 3:05 p.m. The game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and on Lakeshore Public Television.
January 04, 2007
Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) set a new career high with 16 points, including three key 3-pointers in the second half, as Valparaiso defeated Centenary, 66-62, Thursday night in Shreveport, La. in the Mid-Con opener for both squads.
January 03, 2007
Valparaiso begins its final season of league play as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference as the Crusaders take on Centenary in Shreveport, La. Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
December 30, 2006
Brandon McPherson's (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) 3-pointer with 7:28 to play put Valparaiso ahead for good, and the Crusaders held on to make their return to the Athletics-Recreation Center a victorious one, defeating Chicago State Saturday night, 67-64.
December 28, 2006
Valparaiso returns home Saturday for the first time in over a month as the Crusaders take on former Mid-Con foe Chicago State at 7:05 p.m. Valpo enters the game coming off a victory over San Francisco in its finale at the Rainbow Classic.
December 23, 2006
Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) matched his career-high output with 24 points, and the Crusaders hit free throws down the stretch to defeat San Francisco, 64-59, in the seventh place game of the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Saturday in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
December 22, 2006
Despite new career highs in scoring from Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian), Valparaiso fell to Charlotte Friday afternoon, 74-62, in the consolation bracket of the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
December 21, 2006
Valparaiso was within seven of Creighton at halftime of the Crusaders' opener at the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i, but the Bluejays pulled away in the second half for a 68-43 victory.
December 20, 2006
Valparaiso opens the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i Thursday evening as the Crusaders take on Creighton.
December 16, 2006
Valparaiso took to the road for its third consecutive game Saturday afternoon, but Ball State denied the Crusaders their first victory of the trip, as the Cardinals came out on top, 61-40.
December 15, 2006
Valparaiso will look to break a five-game losing skid Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Ball State. The Crusaders are coming off of an 11-day hiatus for final exams.
December 05, 2006
Valparaiso tied Evansville at 58 with 4:03 to play, but an 8-0 spurt for the Purple Aces put them ahead for good, as the Crusaders fell Tuesday night, 69-64, in Evansville, Ind.
December 04, 2006
The Crusaders will look to break a four-game losing skid Tuesday evening, when they take on in-state rival Evansville in Evansville, Ind. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m.
December 02, 2006
Valparaiso took on its third ranked opponent in a six-day span, but could not come up with a victory Saturday afternoon, falling 78-58 to #3/1 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
December 01, 2006
Valparaiso takes on the top team in the nation for the third consecutive year, as the Crusaders travel to Columbus, Ohio to match up with #3/1 Ohio State. The game marks the end of a six-day stretch in which Valpo has taken on three of the top-20 teams in the nation.
November 29, 2006
Valparaiso struggled with shooting the ball Wednesday night and fell to its second ranked opponent in three nights, dropping a 60-47 decision to #19/18 Butler at the ARC.
November 28, 2006
After hosting just two ranked teams in a nine-year span prior to this season, Valparaiso takes on a ranked team at the ARC for the second time in three days in the form of #19/18 Butler. The in-state rivals will meet twice each season beginning next year when Valpo joins the Horizon League.
November 27, 2006
Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) hit his third 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to move Valparaiso into a 62-62 tie with #8/9 Marquette, but Dominic James nailed a triple of his own with 3.4 seconds to play, and Brandon McPherson's (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) last-second attempt from just inside halfcourt rimmed out to give the Golden Eagles a 65-62 victory over the Crusaders in front of a capacity crowd at the ARC.
November 27, 2006
Nine Valparaiso University men's and six Crusader women's basketball games will be shown live either on television or via the internet during the 2006-2007 season.
November 26, 2006
Valparaiso hosts a ranked team at the ARC for just the second time in the last nine seasons, as #8/9 Marquette comes to town to take on the Crusaders Monday night. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m.
November 24, 2006
The Valparaiso University Ticket Office announced today that tickets are still available for Monday and Wednesday night's men's basketball games, as the Crusaders host #13 Marquette and Butler, respectively, and for Saturday's game at #3 Ohio State. Tickets for women's basketball games are also available, as the Crusaders host Bradley on Tuesday and Notre Dame on Dec. 19.
November 21, 2006
Valparaiso led by one, 27-26, with 7:02 to play in the first half Tuesday evening in Raleigh, N.C., but North Carolina State ended the half on a 14-2 run and pulled away for a 78-64 victory over the Crusaders.
November 21, 2006
The Crusaders look to begin the season 4-0 for the first time since the 1998-1999 campaign as they close out a three-game road trip at North Carolina State.
November 18, 2006
Valparaiso used key 3-pointers late in the second half from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) to pull away from Niagara Saturday evening, 70-58.
November 17, 2006
Valparaiso will look to begin the season 3-0 for the second straight season when the Crusaders head to the Empire State to take on Niagara, Saturday night at 6 p.m. Central time.
November 15, 2006
Valparaiso men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Howard Little will join the Crusader program beginning with the 2007-2008 campaign.
November 13, 2006
Valparaiso used 14 second-half points from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) to fight off IPFW in Fort Wayne Monday evening, 75-67.
November 13, 2006
The Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office has tickets available for the Crusaders' December 2 men's basketball game at Ohio State. In addition, tickets remain for the home contests against Marquette and Butler.
November 12, 2006
The Crusaders look for their fifth win in as many matchups against the Mastodons of IPFW Monday night. Valpo won the only prior meeting between the two squads in Fort Wayne in the 2005-2006 regular season opener.
November 11, 2006
Five players finished with double-digit point totals, and Valparaiso's lead reached as much as 26 points as the Crusaders cruised to a season-opening victory over Calumet, 84-65.
November 10, 2006
Valparaiso's men's basketball team begins the 2006-07 campaign Saturday night as the Crusaders host NAIA foe Calumet College at the ARC at 7:05 p.m.
November 09, 2006
Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Bryan Bouchie has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program beginning with the 2007-2008 season.
November 06, 2006
Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) registered a double-double Monday night and led four Crusaders in double-figures as Valparaiso cruised to a 91-48 victory over Trinity Christian in the final exhibition game for the Crusaders.
November 04, 2006
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) enjoyed a perfect 10-for-10 night from the field as Valparaiso defeated Indiana Wesleyan Saturday night at the ARC, 83-65, in the Crusaders' first exhibition game of the season.
November 02, 2006
Since the inception of the Mid-Continent Conference in 1982, no basketball team has enjoyed more success than the Valparaiso Crusaders, winners of nine regular season championships, eight tournament crowns and a seven-time representative of the league in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, twenty-five years later, the Crusaders are moving to the Horizon League, but not before a final season in the Mid-Con and one more shot to bring home another championship.
October 25, 2006
Single game tickets for Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball games will go on sale Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m.
October 23, 2006
The Valparaiso University men's basketball program today announced the promotion of Bryce Drew to Associate Head Basketball Coach.
October 18, 2006
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team is projected to finish fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference this season in a preseason poll of the league's coaches, sports information directors, and selected media members.
October 16, 2006
Valparaiso University is announcing that Big Game Packs for the upcoming men's basketball season are now on sale at the Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office.
October 11, 2006
Midnight Mayhem presented by Cardinal Bus will take place on Friday, October 20 at the Athletics-Recreation Center to help kickoff the 2006-2007 basketball seasons both the Valparaiso University men's and women's teams.
September 21, 2006
Tarrance Price, who went to two NCAA Tournaments as a member of the Crusader basketball team from 1998-2000, has rejoined the Valpo family as the Director of Basketball Operations, Head Coach Homer Drew announced today.
September 05, 2006
Season tickets for Valparaiso University basketball are now on sale for the 2006-2007 season.
August 28, 2006
Home games against regional powers Butler and Marquette, road contests at some of college basketball's top venues and a late December trip to Hawai'i highlight the 2006-07 Valparaiso University men's basketball schedule, announced today by 18th-year Head Coach Homer Drew.
August 22, 2006
For the third straight season, the Valparaiso University men's basketball team will take part in the ESPN BracketBusters series, a two-day, 51-game showcase of some of the nation's top college basketball programs.
August 17, 2006
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield), who enjoyed one of the most prolific careers in Valpo history, has signed a contract to play professionally for the Hanzevast Capitals in The Netherlands.