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Valpo's Late Rally Comes Up Short Against Butler

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Indianapolis, Ind. - A.J. Graves went 8-for-8 from the free throw in the final 45 seconds as Butler held off a furious Valpo rally in the closing seconds to defeat the Crusaders 72-69. Ron Howard led Valpo with 20 points, while Dan Oppland added 16 and Kenny Harris netted 14.

Brandon Polk led the Bulldogs with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Avery Sheets scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half. Graves finished with 15 points and Brandon Crone had 13 for Butler.

Valpo shot 54 percent overall (26-48), while Butler finished at 46 percent. The Bulldogs made 8-of-22 from 3-point range, while Valpo made 5-of-11. The Crusaders outrebounded Butler 29-23 as Harris had six boards for Valpo (14-13).

Howard scored nine points, including two, 3-pointers in the final 45 seconds. Harris made two layups during a 6-0 run in the final 1:40 to pull Valpo within four points (62-58). Graves hit two free throws with 45 seconds left to push Butler's lead to six. Howard answered with two free throws, but Graves, a 95 percent free throw shooter, added two more freebies with 40 seconds left to give Butler a 66-60 lead.

The second half began with several runs as Butler (11-14) scored the first five points before Valpo went on a 6-0 scoring spree to trim the Bulldogs' lead to 32-30. Oppland scored four and Harris had two during the run. However, Butler's 3-point marksmanship and a pair of second-chance baskets ignited an 8-2 run as Sheets made two treys.

Crone's 3-pointer gave Butler an 11-point lead (43-32) with 15 minutes left. After Oppland, Shawn Huff and Jimmie Miles each scored two points during a 6-2 Valpo run, Butler responded with a 6-0 scoring stretch behind baskets by Sheets, Bruce Horan and Graves.

Butler, which led for almost all of the first half, went on a 7-0 run midway through the period to extend an 11-9 lead to 18-11. Polk, who topped the Bulldogs with 11 first-half points, scored all seven points during the stretch.

After Crone swished a 3-pointer to give Butler a 21-13 advantage with eight minutes remaining, Valpo orchestrated a 6-0 run to pull within 21-19. Oppland made two baskets and Howard added a layup off a pass from Jarryd Loyd to complete the run.

Graves and Horan each drained 3-pointers in the last two minutes and Seth Colclasure netted a trey for the Crusaders as the Bulldogs held a 27-24 halftime lead. Howard led Valpo with eight points in the first 20 minutes.

Valpo shot 48 percent (11-23) in the first half, while Butler shot at a 42 percent clip. The Bulldogs made 4-of-12 from 3-point range before halftime, while Valpo was 2-of-5. Turnovers hurt the Crusaders as they committed eight to Butler's four in the first half.

Valpo plays its home finale Wednesday against IPFW beginning at 7:05 p.m.


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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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