Sylla Granted Release From Commitment To Explore Other Schools

Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced that Oumar Sylla has been granted a release from his commitment to the University and the basketball program.

Valpo Signs Chicago Catholic League Player of the Year

Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced that Vincent Humphrey, of Fenwick High School in Chicago, has signed a national letter of intent to attend VU and play basketball.

Valpo Offers Summer Boys Basketball Camps

The Valparaiso University men's basketball staff will conduct four boys summer basketball camps at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo head coach Homer Drew, who guided the Crusaders to their 9th Mid-Continent Conference regular season title and 8th tournament title in the last 10 years, will conduct the camps along with his coaching staff.

Valpo Falls to Gonzaga In NCAA Tournament

Valpo raced out to an early lead, but Gonzaga controlled the second half and defeated the Crusaders 76-49 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

On To The Great Northwest! Valpo To Face Gonzaga In Battle of Success Stories

A battle of two of the most successful college basketball programs over the last 10 years will take place on Thursday at 9 p.m. (CST) when Valpo opposes Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Key Arena in Seattle.

Valpo To Face Gonzaga In NCAA Tournament Thursday In Seattle

Valpo will face Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Seattle. The Crusaders (18-12) take the #15 seed against the #2 seeded Bulldogs (27-2). Tipoff will be approximately 9 p.m. CST (7 p.m. PST).

Valpo Captures 8th Mid-Con Tournament Championship; Second-Half Comeback Sinks IUPUI

Kikas Gomes scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half, as Valpo came back from a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat IUPUI 75-70 to capture its 8th Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship. The Crusaders (18-12) advance to their 7th NCAA Tournament.

Valpo Defeats Oakland; Crusaders Advance to Monday's Mid-Con Tournament Semifinals

Dan Oppland scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Kikas Gomes recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as Valpo defeated Oakland 73-64 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Crusaders (16-12) will play UMKC in the semifinals on Monday at 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Net).

Regular Season Champ Valpo Opposes Oakland in Mid-Con Tournament

Valpo, the regular season champion and #1 seed, will face #8 seed Oakland on Sunday at noon in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.

Valpo's Gomes, Oppland & Berdiel Selected To All-Mid-Con Second Team

Valpo, the Mid-Continent Conference regular season champion, placed Joaquim "Kikas" Gomes, Dan Oppland and Ali Berdiel on the All-Mid-Con Second Team.

Valpo Defeats Chicago State To Capture 9th Mid-Con Regular Season Championship In Last 10 Years

Valpo defeated Chicago State 74-66 to capture its 9th Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season Championship in the last 10 years. Dan Oppland had game highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds and three other Crusaders scored in double figures.

Valpo Shoots For Outright Mid-Con Title Tuesday Against Chicago State

On Tuesday, Valpo (14-12, 10-5) can capture the outright Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship with a victory over Chicago State (11-18, 9-6).

Valpo Rolls Past IPFW; Crusaders Clinch Share of Mid-Con Title By Virtue of Saturday's Results

Valpo made 57 percent of its shots in the first half and defeated IPFW 83-61 in a non-conference game. Dan Oppland led the Crusaders (14-12) with 18 points, while Kenny Harris added 15 and Ali Berdiel tallied 10.

Valpo Defeated By #4 Duke; Gomes Records Double-Double For Crusaders

Fourth-ranked Duke drained 10, 3-pointers in the first half and went on to defeat Valpo 97-63 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The home victory was the 41st straight for the Blue Devils. Kikas Gomes led the Crusaders (13-12) with 18 points and 11 rebounds ? his 12th double-double of the season. Dan Oppland tallied 11 points and eight rebounds, while Ali Berdiel added 10 points.

Valpo Opposes #4 Duke On Thursday At Cameron Indoor Stadium

Valpo (13-11) steps onto the national stage on Thursday by opposing #4-ranked Duke (22-3) at 8:05 p.m. CST (9:05 p.m. EST) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game, the first-ever between the schools, will be televised live on ESPN2.

Valpo Falls To Southern Utah; Crusaders Drop Into First-Place Logjam

Southern Utah raced out to a 16-point first-half lead and went on to defeat Valpo 75-58. The loss dropped the Crusaders (13-11, 10-5) into a four-way tie for first place in the Mid-Continent Conference.

First-Place Valpo Travels To Play Southern Utah Saturday

Winners of nine of its last 10 games, Valpo (13-10, 10-4) is back in first place in the Mid-Continent Conference. On Saturday, the Crusaders oppose Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah.

Valpo Vaults Into First Place With Win Over UMKC; Dan Oppland, Gomes Tally Double-Doubles

Dan Oppland scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kikas Gomes added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Valpo defeated UMKC 70-60. The win, Valpo's ninth in the last 10 games, propelled the Crusaders (13-10, 10-4) into first place in the Mid-Continent Conference.

Valpo Hosts UMKC In Key Mid-Con Matchup

After closing the gap on first place, Valpo (12-10, 9-4) hosts UMKC (12-10, 7-4) in another key Mid-Continent Conference game.

Valpo Places Five In Double Figures In Win Over Oral Roberts

Valpo placed five players in double figures and held off a late comeback to defeat Oral Roberts 84-73. The victory propelled the Crusaders (9-4) into a first-place tie with IUPUI (8-3).

Valpo Hosts Oral Roberts As Mid-Con Race Tightens

On Thursday, Valpo (11-10, 8-4 Mid-Con) begins a two-game homestand by entertaining Oral Roberts (13-8, 6-4) at 7:05 p.m.

Strong Second Half Propels Valpo Past Chicago State; Dan Oppland, Sylla Pace Crusaders

Dan Oppland scored 23 points and Oumar Sylla added 14 as Valpo (11-10, 8-4) used a strong second-half surge to defeat Chicago State 79-68.

Valpo Falls To Centenary Despite Oppland's 22 Points; Crusaders' Win Streak Stopped At Six

Dan Oppland scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but Valpo lost to Centenary 78-73.

First-Place Valpo Travels To Play Centenary On Thursday

Carrying the momentum of a six-game win streak, first-place Valpo (10-9, 7-3 Mid-Con) travels to Shreveport, Louisiana to oppose Centenary (11-8, 5-3) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Valpo Edges Western Illinois In Overtime To Vault Into First Place In Mid-Con

Dan Oppland scored eight of his 22 points in overtime as Valpo defeated Western Illinois 81-79. The Crusaders (10-9, 7-3 Mid-Con) moved into first place in the Mid-Continent Conference by a half game over Oral Roberts (6-3) and IUPUI (6-3). The victory was the sixth straight for Valpo.

Valpo Begins Three-Game Road Stretch At Western Illinois

Riding a five-game win streak, Valpo (9-9, 6-3 Mid-Con) begins a three-game road stretch by traveling to Western Illinois (3-17, 1-7) for an 8 p.m. Saturday matchup.

Late Threes By Nieves, Gomes Lift Valpo Past Oakland For Fifth Straight Win

Valpo seniors Roberto Nieves and Kikas Gomes each made a 3-pointer down the stretch to halt a furious Oakland comeback as the Crusaders held on to defeat the Golden Grizzlies 77-72. The win, which ran Valpo's current win streak to five, extended the Crusaders' all-time record against Oakland to 12-0.

Valpo Concludes Homestand Against Oakland Thursday

On Thursday, Valpo (8-9, 5-3 Mid-Con) takes a four-game winning streak against Oakland (8-12, 2-6). The game concludes a four-game homestand for the Crusaders.

Valpo Hosts Southern Utah In 3 p.m. Saturday Matinee

Valpo, which continues to crawl up the Mid-Con standings after winning three straight games, hosts Southern Utah on Saturday in a special 3 p.m. matinee.

Valpo Defeats Centenary 77-66 for Third Straight Win

Dan Oppland led four Valpo players in double figures with 16 points as the Crusaders defeated Centenary 77-66 for their third straight victory.

Valpo Takes Two-Game Win Streak Against Centenary Thursday

Valpo (6-9, 3-3 Mid-Con) enters Thursday's game against Centenary riding a two-game win streak.

Balanced Effort Ignites Valpo Past Western Illinois; Miles Leads Crusaders With 17 Points

Jimmie Miles led four Crusaders in double figures with 17 points as Valpo defeated Western Illinois 73-57.

Valpo Travels To Play IUPUI On Thursday

On Thursday in Indianapolis, Valpo will play its second game against IUPUI in a 10-day period.

Valpo Suffers Overtime Loss At Oral Roberts; Berdiel Scores Career-High 28

Ali Berdiel scored a career-high 28 points and dished out eight assists, and Kikas Gomes tallied a career-best 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but Valpo lost in overtime 87-81 to Oral Roberts.

Valpo Drops Heartbreaker At UMKC; Dan Oppland Scores 22

Valpo's last-second shot missed at the buzzer as the Crusaders lost to UMKC 60-59 in a Mid-Continent Conference game.

Valpo Travels To Play UMKC; Crusaders Begin Three-Game Road Swing Thursday

A challenging early Mid-Con schedule continues on Thursday for Valpo as the Crusaders travel to play at UMKC beginning at 7 p.m.

Valpo Falls To IUPUI In Mid-Con Home Opener

Five IUPUI players scored in double figures as the Jaguars defeated Valpo 79-67 in the Crusaders' Mid-Con home opener.

Late Free Throws Lift Valpo Past Oakland In Mid-Con Opener; Dan Oppland, Berdiel Net Career-Highs

Dan Oppland scored a career-high 23 points and Ali Berdiel netted a career-best 20 as Valpo defeated Oakland 79-76 in the Mid-Continent Conference opener.

Valpo Opens Mid-Con Season At Oakland On Saturday

Valpo opens the Mid-Continent Conference season on Saturday at Oakland beginning at 5 p.m. CST.

Strong Defense, Rebounding Key Win Over Liberty In Fiesta Bowl Classic Consolation Game

Four Crusaders tallied double figures as Valpo (3-6) defeated Liberty 72-54 to capture the Fiesta Bowl Classic Consolation Championship.

Valpo Falls To Louisiana-Lafayette Despite Gomes' Fourth Straight Double-Double

Kikas Gomes scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but Valpo (2-6) was defeated by Louisiana-Lafayette 95-71 in the opening round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.

Valpo Looks To Rebound At Fiesta Bowl Classic; Crusaders Make Return Trip To Tucson

After final exams and a 15-day break from game competition, Valpo (2-5) will head west to play in the University of Arizona's Fiesta Bowl Classic Dec. 28, 30. The Crusaders oppose Louisiana-Lafayette (3-3) in the first game Sunday at 2:45 p.m. CST (1:45 MST).

Valpo's Gomes Selected Mid-Con Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Joaquim "Kikas" Gomes was named Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

Valpo Defeated By Loyola 76-69

Four Valpo players scored in double-figures, but the Crusaders lost to Loyola 76-69 to conclude a five-game homestand. Kikas Gomes led Valpo with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Dan Oppland added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Valpo Concludes Homestand Saturday Against Loyola

Valpo entertains Loyola on Saturday in a 2:05 p.m. matinee to conclude a five-game homestand.

Valpo Hosts Wisconsin-Milwaukee On Wednesday; Crusaders Fresh Off Win Over Indiana State

The Crusaders face a challenging task Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. as they host Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the fourth of a five-game homestand.

Gomes, Oppland Lead Valpo Past Indiana State

Kikas Gomes had game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Dan Oppland added 16 points to lead Valpo (2-3) to a 59-53 victory over Indiana State (2-3).

Homestand Rolls On As Valpo Hosts Indiana State; Crusaders Play Three Games In Six Days

Over the next week, Valpo hopes to take advantage of three straight home games. The Crusaders (1-3) host Indiana State (2-2) on Monday before entertaining Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Loyola on Saturday in a special 2:05 p.m. matinee.

Valpo Falls to 19th-ranked Cincinnati

Jason Maxiell scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help 19th-ranked Cincinnati defeat Valpo 68-49. Kikas Gomes led the Crusaders with 10 points.

Valpo Entertains 19th-ranked Cincinnati; Crusaders Continue Five-Game Homestand

Following an entire week away from game competition, Valpo (1-2) hosts Cincinnati (3-0) in the second of a five-game homestand.

Hot Shooting Second Half, Rebounding Propel South Florida Past Valpo

South Florida shot 54 percent in the second half and came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Valpo 64-62. Dan Oppland led the Crusaders (1-2) with 13 points, while Jimmie Miles added 10 off the bench.

Valpo Hosts South Florida In Home Opener

On Tuesday, Valpo (1-1) plays its home opener, hosting South Florida (1-0) in the first of a five-game homestand.

Valpo Falls Short In Upset Bid of #23-Ranked Marquette

Roberto Nieves led four Crusaders in double-figures with 17 points and Valpo drained 11, 3-pointers in a 75-70 loss to #23-ranked Marquette in the championship game of the Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic.

Dan Oppland Scores 18 In Season-Opening Win Over Arkansas-Monticello

Dan Oppland led Valpo with 18 points as the Crusaders used a second-half surge to defeat Arkansas-Monticello 72-53 in the opening round of the Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic in Milwaukee's Bradley Center. Valpo (1-0) will play host Marquette (2-0) in the championship Saturday at 8 p.m. The Golden Eagles defeated Savannah State 79-41 in the nightcap.

Valpo Men's Basketball Signs Two

Valparaiso University head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced that Jarryd Loyd of Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill. and Aris Williams of Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington D.C. have signed national letters of intent to attend Valpo and play basketball.

Five Score In Double-Figures In Comeback Win Over Athletes In Action

Roberto Nieves drained two, 3-pointers, Ali Berdiel added another trey, and Dan Oppland and Seth Colclasure made two free throws each in the final 24 seconds as Valpo came back from a nine-point deficit in the final 3:29 to defeat Athletes In Action 79-75 in an exhibition game.

Gomes Scores 27 In Win Over Cap's Basketball Academy All-Stars

Joaquim Gomes recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds as Valpo posted a 91-82 victory over Cap's Basketball Academy All-Stars in an exhibition game.

Valpo Men's Basketball Hosts Cap's Basketball Academy All-Stars Thursday

The Valpo men's basketball team tips off its exhibition season on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. by hosting the Cap's Basketball Academy All-Stars.

Gomes Named to Angola's Olympic Team

Joaquim "Kikas" Gomes, a member of Valparaiso University's men's basketball team, was recently selected to play in the 2004 Olympics for his native country of Angola.

Valpo Basketball Season Tickets On Sale

Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball season tickets are on sale through the Valpo Athletics Ticket Office. Season tickets can be purchased by calling Cindy Eaton at (219) 464-5233. Season tickets can be purchased by check (payable to Valparaiso University), Visa/MasterCard or Discover. Orders are due by Sept. 26.

Valpo Names Rex Walters Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Valparaiso University head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced the addition of Rex Walters as an assistant coach. Walters joins the Valpo staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Emporia (Kan.) State University during the 2003 year.

Valpo's Men's Basketball Schedule Highlighted by Games With Cincinnati, Duke

A home game against Cincinnati on Dec. 2 and a road contest against Duke on Feb. 26 highlight Valparaiso University's 2003-04 Men's Basketball Schedule. The Crusaders, defending Mid-Continent Conference regular season champions, will play five consecutive non-conference home games against South Florida (Nov. 25), Cincinnati, Indiana State (Dec. 8), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Dec. 10) and Loyola (Dec. 13).

Homer Drew Returns As Valpo's Head Men's Basketball Coach

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics William Steinbrecher announced that Homer Drew, the winningest coach in Valpo history, is returning as head men's basketball coach. Homer is succeeding his son Scott who resigned to become the head men's basketball coach at Baylor University.

Scott Drew Resigns As Valpo's Head Basketball Coach; Accepts Head Coaching Position At Baylor

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics William Steinbrecher announced that Scott Drew has resigned as head men's basketball coach to become the head men's basketball coach at Baylor University.