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Valpo Drops Last-Second Decision to #10/11 Butler
Valpo set a new home attendance record at the ARC with 5,432 fans Tuesday evening.
Valpo set a new home attendance record at the ARC with 5,432 fans Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Box Score

In front of a school-record 5,432 fans at the Athletics-Recreation Center and a nationwide audience on ESPN2, Valparaiso led #10/11 Butler for most of Tuesday night’s game.  But the Bulldogs got a 3-pointer from Pete Campbell with 15 seconds remaining to go ahead, and would eventually win by a 71-68 count.

“I was very proud of our team’s effort tonight,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “The students and fans did a fantastic job of creating a great atmosphere, and everybody got to see a great game of basketball.”

Valpo jumped out to a very quick start, as four different Crusaders scored in the game’ first 4:11 to give them a 12-0 lead.  The lead remained double figures at 17-7 with 12:17 remaining in the half before Butler hit triples on four of five possessions during a 12-2 run to tie the game at 19.

The Crusaders responded with the next five points to move ahead by five, and the lead would remain in single digits for the rest of the half.  Brandon McPherson’s (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) third 3-pointer of the first half put Valpo ahead 41-32 with 53 seconds remaining in the stanza, but Butler’s A.J. Graves responded with a triple of his own to cut the lead back down to six points.  Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) ran the shot clock down on Valpo’s final possession and drove the lane for a layup with four seconds remaining to put the Crusaders up 43-35 at the break.

Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) converted two free throws early in the second half to put Valpo up 10, but once again the Bulldogs clawed their way back into the game, scoring 14 of the next 18 points over a six-minute span to tie the game for the second time at 49 apiece.  That just sparked another Valpo run, however, as the Crusaders went on an 11-5 spurt to pull ahead by six with 6:49 remaining.

Butler held Valpo scoreless over the next 4:20, but could only score six points during that time span, pulling even again at 60-60 on a Graves jumper with 2:54 to play.  The score was still tied at 62 with under two minutes left when McPherson stepped up and hit another triple to put Valpo up by three.  But the Bulldogs answered, as Mike Green hit a free throw and, after he missed the second, Graves grabbed the rebound and knocked down a jumper with 1:01 to play.

After a Crusader timeout, Loyd hit the game’s biggest shot to that point, knocking down a triple from the top of the key with 37 seconds left on the clock to put Valpo up 68-65.  Green came back with a quick layup for the Bulldogs, and a missed front end of a one-and-one set up Campbell’s shot to put Butler ahead for the first time in the contest.

A Crusader turnover followed, and Valpo was forced to foul with under 10 seconds left to play.  Butler’s Willie Veasley hit the first attempt from the charity stripe to make it 71-68, but missed the second, and when Huff grabbed the rebound, the Crusaders still had a chance to tie.  But Valpo’s last-second attempt from behind the arc was off the mark, and the Bulldogs corralled the rebound to secure the win.

Loyd led three Crusaders in double figures with 16 points, and also paced the team with three assists.  McPherson added 14 points, while Igbavboa chipped in 11 of his own.  Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds.  Valpo ended the night shooting 43.4% (23-of-53) from the floor and knocked down 86.7% (13-of-15) from the charity stripe.  The Crusaders also enjoyed a significant edge on the boards, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 36-24.

Butler (20-2, 10-2 Horizon) got 20 points and eight rebounds from Graves.  Campbell hit all five of his field goals from behind the arc on his way to 17 points, while Green added 14 points and six caroms.

Valparaiso (14-8, 5-5 Horizon) returns to the court Thursday evening, as the Crusaders travel up to Green Bay to take on the Phoenix.  Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WWLO, 89.1 FM, Lowell) or online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  The game can also be seen online through the Horizon League Network.

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Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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