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Crusaders Cruise to Season-Opening Victory
Freshman Cameron Witt scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting in his first collegiate game.
Freshman Cameron Witt scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting in his first collegiate game.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Marian box score

Michael Rogers (Kingston, Jamaica/Redemption [N.Y.] Christian) led four Crusaders in double figures with a career-best 23 points, and Valpo put together a 19-3 run in the middle of the first half to pull away from Marian, going on to a 87-56 victory Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

The Crusaders’ youth carried the day on Saturday, as only one upperclassman, senior Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) saw significant minutes.  81 of Valpo’s 87 points were scored by underclassmen, led by the sophomore Rogers.  Freshman Cameron Witt (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia/Launceston) poured in 16 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting, while freshman Erik Buggs (Memphis, Tenn./Mitchell) dropped 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.  Freshman De’Andre Haskins (Long Beach, Calif./La Lumiere [Ind.] School) added ten points of his own.

“Mike did a great job tonight of leading us on offense, and I thought Erik really got us going on defense and created a number of transition opportunities,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “Cameron played his best game to date for us as well, shooting the ball superbly and also working hard on defense and getting to the boards.”

The Knights of Marian stayed close for a few minutes, cutting their deficit to one at 9-8 just over four minutes into the game on a 3-pointer by Anthony Furlin.  But just over a minute later, sophomore forward Benjamin Fumey (Bremen, Germany/Freie Hansestadt) registered a steal and converted a fast-break dunk to spark Valpo’s 19-3 spurt.  Buggs led the way with six points during the run, while Witt and Rogers each registered four, the latter capping the spurt with a fast-break layup with seven minutes to play in the opening half to make it a 28-11 game.

The margin stayed in the high teens and low 20s through the remainder of the first half, as the halftime score was 43-21 in Valpo’s advantage.  The Crusaders’ lead was down to as little as 15 in the early stages of the second half, and sat at 19 points at 55-36 with 14:46 to play when Valpo put together a big run to put away the contest.

Witt started the decisive run with a jumper with 14:08 remaining, two of his six points during the spurt.  Haskins was the big contributor during the run, pouring in all ten of his points, including a scintillating breakaway dunk and a pair of 3-pointers.  Rogers capped the run with a layup with 9:36 to play, concluding the 20-0 run that covered just four and a half minutes and putting away the game.

Fumey chipped in eight points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Logan Jones (Madison, Ind./Madison) led all players with eight rebounds.  Four Crusaders each handed out four assists on the evening.

Alex Sylvester paced Marian with 16 points off the bench, while Jordan Tucker added 11 points.  The Crusaders limited the Knights to just 36.4% accuracy from the floor, while shooting at a 55.9% clip themselves.

Valparaiso (1-0) returns to the ARC on Tuesday evening to host Conference USA foe Central Florida.  Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WWLO, 89.1 FM, Lowell) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.  The official Crusader website will also have links for live video and statistics.

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