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Last Second Shot Lifts IUPUI Past Valpo In Mid-Con Tournament Championship

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Kansas City, Mo. – Matt Crenshaw made a 12-foot jumper with one second left to give IUPUI a 66-64 victory over Valpo in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship game. Raitis Grafs, a member of the all-tournament team, led the Crusaders (20-10) with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Stalin Ortiz added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Grafs scored five points in the last 37 seconds to help Valpo overcome a five-point deficit (64-59) and tie the game at 64-64. The 6’11” senior drained a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to cut IUPUI’s lead to 64-62. After Ortiz made a steal with 13 seconds left, Grafs sank a short jumper with 10 seconds remaining after rebounding Ortiz’s 3-point attempt that rattled in-and-out.

Following a Jaguar timeout, Crenshaw drove to the right wing and made a difficult jumper with one second left. Valpo used a timeout to set up a final attempt, but Josh Mullins intercepted a long pass at the buzzer to send IUPUI to its first-ever NCAA Tournament.

IUPUI (20-13) made three, 3-pointers in the first five minutes to take a 13-3 lead. The Crusaders cut their deficit to five before the Jaguars pushed their advantage to 25-16 with 5:17 remaining before halftime.

Greg Tonagel swished two, 3-pointers to spark a 12-2 run that gave Valpo a 28-27 lead with 2:15 left in the half. IUPUI took a 30-28 halftime lead on Brandon Cole’s jumper.

The Crusaders began the second half with a 6-0 run that included a 3-point basket by Ali Berdiel. Valpo led by four on three separate occasions before the teams exchanged the lead seven times over nearly a nine-minute span. Valpo’s last lead was 52-51 with 7:46 left.

Mullins, who led the Jaguars with 18 points, gave IUPUI a 54-52 lead with a 3-pointer at the 7:28 mark. Two free throws by tournament MVP Josh Murray and a tip-in by Odell Bradley extended IUPUI’s lead to 58-52 with 5:38 remaining. A fast-break layup by Crenshaw increased the Jaguar lead to seven points (63-56) with 1:20 left before Valpo mounted its comeback. Ortiz made a 3-pointer with 1:06 left to ignite the 8-1 Crusader run that tied the game.

Valpo outrebounded IUPUI 42-27 as Kikas Gomes added eight boards. IUPUI outscored the Crusaders 34-24 in the paint. The Jaguars scored 20 points off of 19 Valpo turnovers, while the Crusaders scored 13 on 10 IUPUI miscues. Valpo finished shooting 41 percent overall and IUPUI shot 44 percent. Murray recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Crenshaw dished out eight assists for IUPUI, while Tonagel and Roberto Nieves had five each for Valpo.

Mullins, Southern Utah’s David Palmer and UMKC’s Michael Watson joined Grafs and Murray on the all-tournament team.

Valpo awaits a possible invitation to a post-season tournament. The NCAA Tournament brackets and the NIT bids will be announced Sunday night.


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 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