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Valpo Falls Thursday Night at IUPUI

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Mid-Con leading IUPUI Jaguars quickly opened a double-digit lead in the second half and held on late for a 75-67 win Thursday night at the IUPUI Gymnasium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Jaguars came roaring out of the locker room, getting back-to-back buckets from Hill and quickly extending a five-point halftime lead to 43-32, the first double-digit lead for either team in the game. The edge would grow as big as 12, but the Crusaders stormed back, with Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) supplying seven points in a 9-0 run to bring Valpo within 48-45.

But that would be as close as the Brown and Gold would get, with IUPUI extending the margin back to nine, 61-52, on a Brandon Cole three-pointer with 7:10 left. David Barlow finally finished the Crusaders off with one minute left, hitting a driving layup to extend the Jaguar lead to 70-61.

Neither team could find an offensive rhythm in the early going, with the Crusaders and Jaguars trading the lead back and forth through the first 12 minutes of the game. Valpo started off especially sluggish, making only six of their first 15 shots, and misfiring on their first four attempts from three-point range. IUPUI was no better, knocking down only five of their first 16 from the floor.

The two teams would get hot later in the half, but both seemingly made or missed on alternating possessions, with the lead trading hands ten times in the first twenty minutes before IUPUI scored the last six points of the half to go into the locker room up 37-32. Ali Berdiel (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Andrean) led Valpo with nine points in the first, while George Hill paced the Jaguars with 12.

Howard finshed with 22 points to pace the Crusaders, the fourth time this season he's scored at least 20. Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Sartre) chipped in 14 points for the Crusaders and added seven rebounds. Berdiel was the only other Crusader in double-figures, finishing with 15 points. Valpo shot 40.6% from the field and knocked down only 6-of-23 three-pointers, their worst shooting night from beyond the arc since December 27. IUPUI out-rebounded the Crusaders 42-38. The Brown and Gold did commit only seven turnovers, a season low.

Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo.) finished with eight points, the first point in nearly one calendar year he was held below double-figures. It was the Jaguars who held Oppland to eight points February 12 of the last season, the last time he failed to score at least 10 points, a streak of 28 straight games. Oppland did, however, lead the Crusaders in rebounding with a season-high 12.

Hill led the Jaguars (16-7, 11-1 Mid-Con) with 26 points and Cole posted an impressive 21-point, 11-rebound double-double. IUPUI hit 42.9% of their shots ad made 8-of-16 three-pointers. The Jaguars won for the first time ever over the Crusaders in Indianapolis.

The Crusaders (13-9, 6-6 Mid-Con) open a three-game homestand Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against Western Illinois on Hall of Fame Night. Valpo's eight-member Hall of Fame class of 2006 will be honored during the game, with pregame coverage on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics beginning at 6:50 p.m.


box score
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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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 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 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
W 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
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