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Wooten's 40 Points Carry Oakland Past Valpo

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Calvin Wooten's 40-point night helped erase seven and a half years of history and led the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to a 95-89 win over the Crusaders Thursday night at the Athletics Center O'Rena in Rochester, Mich.

The win was Oakland's first in 17 all-time games with Valpo, and avenged a 95-64 Crusader win January 2 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Wooten's 40 points were the most scored by any Crusader opponent this season, and a season-high for the junior transfer.

Valpo would twice cut the lead to three in the last five minutes, but each time see the Grizzlies answer back on the other end. Vova Severovas hit his biggest shot of the night with 3:30 left, banking in a four-footer to put Oakland on top 80-73.

The score was 81-75 with under two minutes to go when Wooten hit his fourth three-pointer of the night with the shot clock winding down, applying the dagger to the Crusaders and ending the win streak.

The early stages of the game featured little defense, with the Grizzlies jumping ahead 9-0 before four Valpo triples brought the Crusaders within 16-14 within five minutes of the opening tip. Through 8:17 of the half, the teams had combined for 55 points, 11 three-pointers and made 19-of-24 shots.

The Crusaders briefly tied the game, equaling the Grizzlies at 33 on an Ali Berdiel (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Andrean) triple, his third of the game, with 8:10 left. Berdiel struck again at the 2:09 mark, knocking down 1-of-2 free throws to give Valpo their first and only lead at 45-44. With the score tied at 48 late in the half, Brandon Cassise sent the teams into the locker room in appropriate fashion, draining a leaning 26-foot three-pointer at the buzzer to put Oakland on top 51-48 at the break.

Berdiel led the Brown and Gold with 14 points, three more than his season-high coming in, on 5-of-7 shooting. Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) was also in double-figures with 10 points, adding a game-high five assists. Wooten led all scorers with 17, and the Grizzlies got 11 more from Vova Severovas. The Crusaders shot 65.4% from the floor in the first half, including 9-of-11 three-pointers, while Oakland hit on 63.3% of their shots and made 7-of-13 threes. Valpo committed 12 first half turnovers, but did dominate up front, out-rebounding the hosts 14-6.

The Grizzlies maintained their lead through the first 12 minutes of the second half, extending the margin to 70-64 on a pair of Severovas free throws with 9:08 left. After another Berdiel three-pointer cut the deficit back to three, the Crusaders went cold and watched Oakland build the lead back to six with 6:10 left.

Berdiel led the Crusaders, losers of three-straight, with 25 points. Valpo placed five others in double-figures, including 12 points and six rebounds for Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Sartre). Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) had 12 points, while Loyd and Seth Colclasure (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) each had 10. Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, his third double-double of the season.

Valpo shot 50.8% from the floor, but just 40.5% in the second half, including only 4-of-15 second-half three-pointers. The Crusaders out-rebounded the Grizzlies 36-24, including a 15-6 lead on the offensive glass, but turned the ball over 19 times. Oakland shot 58.0% for the night and hit 10-of-19 three-pointers.

Oakland (8-13, 3-6 Mid-Con), whose fans stormed the court following the win, did manage to put three players besides Wooten in double-figures, producing their second-highest scoring output of the season. Severovas finished with 15 points and Rick Billings had 12. Cassise had 10 points on a trio of three-pointers.

The Crusaders (11-7, 4-4 Mid-Con) return to the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday for ?Be Bold, Wear Gold" night against IUPUI at 7:05. The first 700 fans will receive a free gold Valpo t-shirt, and all mezzanine tickets are available at a special discounted price of $5. The game is the first of three-straight at the ARC for the Brown and Gold and will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics beginning at 6:50 p.m.

box score
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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