Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Five Score In Double-Figures In Comeback Win Over Athletes In Action

Monday, November 17, 2003

Valparaiso, Ind. - 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. Athletes In Action is comprised of former collegiate players.

Oppland (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Gomes (13 points, 14 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles. The Crusaders placed five players in double-figures as Berdiel scored 14, Nieves had 12 and Kenny Harris added 10 off the bench. Berdiel dished out seven assists and Gomes had four blocked shots. Valpo dominated the boards, outrebounding AIA 61-34. Joe Crispin led four AIA players with 22 points, while Shawn Redhage had 12.

Valpo erased its nine-point deficit when Berdiel took Colclasure's pass and swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 75-75 with :59 remaining. Following Crispin's missed jumper, Valpo pushed the ball inside to Oppland who was fouled and converted two free throws with :24 left to give the Crusaders a 77-75 advantage.

On AIA's next possession, Gomes made the defensive play of the night when he blocked Ryan Sears' running jumper out of bounds with nine seconds left. Valpo's Ron Howard also turned in a defensive gem, forcing a travelling violation with seven seconds remaining to set up Colclasure's two game-clinching free throws.

After AIA led 39-34 at halftime, the second half featured eight lead changes and three ties. AIA built a nine-point lead (69-60) with 4:35 left when Crispin scored five points, including a 3-pointer, and David Daniels hit a trey to key an 8-0 run. AIA still maintained a nine-point advantage with 3:29 remaining before Nieves netted two straight threes, both on assists by Berdiel. Following two free throws by Sears, Oppland dropped in a layup from another Berdiel assist with 1:39 left to close AIA's lead to 75-72. Howard then stole Crispin's pass before Berdiel's 3-pointer knotted the game.

Crispin, who starred at Penn State, was the story of the first half, scoring 18 points on seven of 12 shooting. The first 20 minutes included eight lead changes and two ties. AIA led by as many as eight points with 3:50 remaining, but Valpo closed the gap on a 3-pointer by Jimmie Miles and a layup by Harris before halftime.

Valpo finished shooting 36 percent overall (29-80), including 23 percent (7-30) from 3-point range. AIA shot 41 percent from the floor (26-63), including 32 percent from beyond the arc. The Crusaders converted 70 percent (14-20) from the foul line, while AIA netted 74 percent (17-23) from the charity stripe.

The Crusaders open the regular season on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Arkansas-Monticello in the Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic hosted by Marquette University in Milwaukee's Bradley Center.

W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo