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Crusaders Hold Off Ball State; Improve to 6-1
Shawn Huff led all players with 19 points.
Shawn Huff led all players with 19 points.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Box Score

After having a 13-point halftime lead cut to as few as four points, Valparaiso erupted with four 3-pointers in a five-possession span in the second half to put the game away, eventually defeating Ball State Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, 71-58.  The victory was the tenth straight win by the Crusaders at the ARC.

“I thought we really did a good job tonight getting ourselves open shots,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “In crucial stretches of the game in both the first and second half, we took the time to make the extra pass and find the open man, and it paid off for us.”

The Crusaders led the entire game, up five points just over six minutes into the game before going on their first big run.  Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) knocked down 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions, getting two assists from Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) and one from Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West), extending the lead to 12 points.

After a Ball State basket, it was freshman Michael Rogers’ (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian) turn to knock down a trifecta, his first career basket from beyond the arc.  Two possessions later, Huff received a perfectly-timed alley-oop from Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) to cap a 14-4 Valpo run and put the Crusaders up 25-10 halfway through the opening period.  The lead would stay at double digits throughout the remainder of the first half, and Valpo went into the locker room ahead by a 34-21 count.

The Cardinals came out on fire at the beginning of the second half, knocking down five of their first seven shots during a 12-3 spurt that cut the Crusader advantage to 37-33 with 15:23 to play.  A quick 8-0 run, including 3-pointers from Huff and Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian), pushed Valpo’s lead back to 45-33, but Ball State scored the next six points to make it a 45-39 game with 11:04 to play.

But then the Crusader barrage from behind the arc ensued.  Haanpää hit a triple, and two possessions later, following a Cardinal bucket, it was Huff’s turn to knock down his fifth 3-pointer of the game.  Next time down the court, Huff passed off to Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) for the trifecta, and Diebler capped off the 12-2 run with a 3-pointer of his own to extend the lead to 57-41 with 8:18 left to play, putting the game out of reach.

“Our shooters really did a good job of utilizing their open looks tonight,” said Drew.  “Shawn really shot the ball well, as he has the past few games, and Sam recovered nicely from a slow start, getting himself back in rhythm.”

For the second straight game, Huff led the Crusaders in scoring, putting up 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc.  Haanpää added 15 points, hitting five of his 11 attempts from downtown, while Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) rounded out the Crusaders in double figures with 13 points.  Igbavboa also paced all players with nine rebounds, while Diebler dished out a game-high five assists.

Melvin Goins, Rashaun McLemore and Malik Perry all scored 12 points for Ball State (0-6).  Perry also grabbed nine rebounds, while Peyton Stovall scored eight points and pulled down seven boards.

Valparaiso (6-1) commences its first season of Horizon League play on Thursday when the Crusaders travel to 2007 league champion Wright State to take on the Raiders.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CST, 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 on the Horizon League Network at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv.

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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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