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Crusaders Squeak By Mastodons in Overtime

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Valparaiso, Ind. - Dan Oppland's putback with 29 seconds remaining in overtime gave Valparaiso (15-13) the lead for good as the Crusaders held off IPFW 74-72 Wednesday night. Oppland led four Valpo players in double figures with 21 points.

IPFW (6-21) had the ball with a chance to take the lead after the Oppland basket, but a turnover by Justin Hawkins forced the Mastodons to foul Seth Colclasure with 8 seconds left. Colclasure made one-of-two, giving IPFW a final opportunity, but an offensive foul on David Simon at the buzzer gave the Crusaders the victory.

Valpo jumped out to a quick lead in overtime, scoring the first five points on an Oppland 3-point play and a Kenny Harris jumper. The Mastodons answered with the next six points, culminating in a Byron Malone 3-pointer with 1:49 to go to give them a 70-69 lead. Out of a Crusader timeout, Jarryd Loyd hit a driving layup to give Valpo a one point lead. Simon followed with a dunk, the last of his game-high 26 points, to give IPFW a 72-71 lead with 51 seconds left.

IPFW forced overtime by coming back from five points down in the final minute of regulation. Peter Campbell hit his third 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining. After a turnover on the inbounds pass, Simon missed a layup, but Quintin Carouthers' putback tied the score at 64 with 18 seconds left. The Crusaders had the final shot in regulation, but Colclasure's three-pointer was off the mark, and Oppland's attempted tip would not fall.

Valparaiso started the game quickly, building an 6-1 lead four minutes in. After the Mastodons tied the game at 8 at the 12:33 mark, Valpo regained the lead on a Loyd triple. The Crusaders would lengthen their lead to seven with 5:02 to play in the first, but IPFW fought back to cut the lead to three, 25-22, at the half.

The Mastodons went on a fast run to start the second half, gaining a 29-27 lead with 2 minutes gone. Neither team could pull ahead by more than six in the half, which featured 10 ties and 8 lead changes. Valparaiso pulled a 10-2 run together in the middle of the second half, featuring five points from Ron Howard and ending with a Colclasure three to extend the lead to 49-45 with 8:02 remaining. IPFW tied the game at 51 with 5:51 to go, but the Crusaders answered with a 7-1 run over the next 2:30 to make it a six-point game.

Joining Oppland in double figures for Valpo were Howard with 18, Loyd with 14, and Harris with 13 points. IPFW also placed four players in twin digits as Campbell scored 13 and Carouthers and Beau Bauer added 10 apiece. Simon, Oppland, and Howard shared game-high rebounding honors with eight, and Simon added three blocked shots. Howard led both teams with five assists.

The Crusaders shot 42.1% (24-57) from the field for the game, compared to 50.9% (27-53) for the Mastodons. Valparaiso enjoyed the edge from the free throw line, hitting 23-of-31 (74.2%) to IPFW's 11-of-16 (68.8%). Valpo outrebounded IPFW 39-29, which included 15 offensive rebounds for the Crusaders.

Following the game, guard Ali Berdiel and head manager Steve Ruggles were recognized on Senior Night and each spoke to the crowd.

Valparaiso concludes its home slate with an 8-4 record. The Crusaders travel to Oral Roberts to take on the Golden Eagles Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised live locally on WYIN-56.



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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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