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Early Run Spurs Crusaders to Exhibition Victory
Samuel Haanpää hit six 3-pointers on his way to 21 points Saturday.
Samuel Haanpää hit six 3-pointers on his way to 21 points Saturday.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Box Score

Valparaiso jumped out to a 27-4 lead less than nine minutes into Saturday night’s exhibition game against St. Joseph’s (Ind.) at the Athletics-Recreation Center and led the rest of the way, defeating the Pumas 82-59.

“I thought we really had a good start to the game today,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “Jake and Brandon were really doing a good job moving the ball on offense, and Sam was on fire shooting the ball.  Defensively, we were working hard and really controlling the boards.”

Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) hit a layup just 11 seconds into the contest off of a feed from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) to set the pace for the opening minutes.  Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) proceeded to knock down back-to-back triples on Valpo’s next two possessions for a quick 8-0 lead.

The Pumas’ Brandon Mayse hit a layup just over two minutes in to get St. Joseph’s on the board, but the Crusaders continued their barrage from behind the arc.  3-pointers by Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) and Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) extended Valpo’s advantage to 17-2, and after another Puma basket, Haanpää knocked down two more 3-pointers to make it a 23-4 game.

Freshman Bryan Bouchie (Washington, Ind./Washington) followed by making his first mark on the scorebook as a Crusader, knocking down a jumper and hitting two free throws to extend the lead to 23.  The margin the rest of the half would fluctuate between 15 and 20 points, and Valpo went into the break leading 43-25.

The Crusaders started the second half strong as well, scoring 16 of the first 25 points, including 10 points from Huff, to extend their edge to 59-34 with 15:55 to play.  St. Joseph’s slowly crawled back into the contest, cutting Valpo’s advantage to 13 with 6:11 left, but the Crusaders went on a 13-1 run to solidify the victory.

Haanpää led Valpo in the scoring column with 21 points, knocking down six of his seven attempts from behind the 3-point line.  Three other Crusaders posted double-figure scoring efforts, as Huff poured in 12 points, Loyd scored 11 points, and Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) added 10 points.  Igbavboa also led the Crusaders in most other statistical categories, pulling down six rebounds, dishing out five assists and blocking four shots.

St. Joseph’s was paced by 18 points off the bench from Marcus Jackson, but he was the only Puma to reach double figures in scoring.  The Pumas hit just 30.4% (21-of-69) of their shots from the floor to Valpo’s 58.3% (28-of-48), but they did out-rebound the Crusaders 38-36 and registered 13 steals.

“The wonderful thing about playing exhibition games is learning about what your team needs to improve on,” said Drew.  “We really saw three things we need to work on tonight: rebounding, especially offensively; limiting our turnovers (29); and doing a better job hustling and coming up with loose balls.”

Valparaiso kicks off the regular season on Monday, November 12 as the Crusaders host Grace in their first game as part of the South Padre Island Invitational.  Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM; WEFM, 95.9 FM; WAKE, 1500 AM) or online at www.valpo.edu/athletics, where streaming video will also be available.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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