November 28, 20051st2ndFinal
Indiana-South Bend231841
Stats at a GlanceIUSBVALPO
FG Percentage.364 (16-44) .616 (45-73)
3P FG Percentage.286 (4-14) .444 (12-27)
FT Percentage.556 (5-9) .643 (9-14)
Offensive Rebounds216
Defensive Rebounds1428
Total Rebounds1644
Bench Points555
PointsVAN DYKE - 18
ReboundsO'DELL - 4
KONE - 8
AssistsO'DELL - 2
McNEIL - 2
StealsO'DELL - 2
LOYD - 3
BlocksKONE - 3
Crusaders Blow by Titans, 111-41
Monday, November 28, 2005
Valpo placed five players in double figures and shot 61.6% from the floor in a 111-41 win over Indiana-South Bend Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The 70-point margin of victory was the second highest in school history, bested only by a 132-53 win the Crusaders had in 1964 over Western Ontario.

Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) again led the Crusaders, scoring 20 points in the first half and finishing with 22 on 10-of-15 shooting. Oppland has now scored at least 20 points in eight of his last nine games, and has led the Brown and Gold offensively in six straight.

Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) also had a strong night, scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and dishing out seven assists without a turnover. Valpo finished the night with 36 assists on 45 baskets, breaking a school record for assists in a single game. Howard's seven helpers were bested only by the eight assists senior Ali Berdiel (Ponce, P.R./Andrean) dished out in 18 minutes off the bench. Berdiel had a solid all-around night, scoring 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and pulling down six rebounds to go with the eight assists.

Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) led a 55-point bench effort with 14, tying a career-high. Freshman Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) saw 19 minutes off the bench and tallied seven points, eight rebounds and two assists.

The Crusaders out-rebounded IUSB, a NAIA school, 44-16, including grabbing 16 offensive boards that led to 22 Valpo points. The Titans committed 27 turnovers in the contest, and trailed 58-23 at halftime. The Crusaders made 12-of-27 three-point attempts (44.4%) and ripped away 14 steals.

Justin Van Dyke led IUSB (0-7) with 18 points. The Titans shot just 25% in the second half and made only 4-of-14 three-point attempts.

Valpo (2-0) returns to action this Friday at the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. The Crusaders open the four-team tournament with Tulane, Friday at 5:45 p.m. in the first semi-final. Fairfield and Iowa, the tournament hosts, will meet in the second semi that night. Valpo's game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and available online at

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