Loyd Selected for NCAA Leadership Conference
Valparaiso's Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) has been selected to attend the 2007 NCAA Leadership Conference May 27-31 at Disney's Coronado Springs Report in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Skoglund to Leave Crusader Basketball Team
Head coach Homer Drew announced today that Arden Skoglund (Hopkins, Minn./Hopkins) has decided to leave the Valparaiso men's basketball team in order to pursue other opportunities in music and youth ministry.
Crusaders to Hold Summer Camps
Valparaiso's men's basketball team will be hosting four basketball camps this summer for youths of all ages and skill levels. The camps will be staffed by the Crusader players and coaching staff.
Frye Granted Release From Crusader Program
Valparaiso University head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Keaton Frye (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott) has been granted a release from his commitment to the Crusader basketball program and will be transferring to Augustana College.
Crusaders Fall in First Round of Mid-Con Tournament to UMKC
Valparaiso led by 13 points in the first half, but UMKC cut the deficit to two at the half and took the lead early in the second half before eventually downing the Crusaders, 84-76, in the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament quarterfinals. The loss ends Valpo's season at 16-15.
Crusaders Open Mid-Con Tournament Sunday versus UMKC
Valparaiso faces off against UMKC in a rematch of the regular season finale in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. Opening tip Sunday night is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., and can be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.
Three Crusaders Earn All-Conference Honors
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) was named to the All Mid-Continent Conference Second Team, while Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) received Honorable Mention accolades and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) was named to the All-Newcomer team as the league announced its annual awards today.
Mid-Con Tournament Pairings Announced; Valpo to Face UMKC
Valparaiso will face off against UMKC on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in a rematch of its regular season finale in the first round of the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Championship in Tulsa, Okla., the league announced today.
Crusaders Close Out Regular Season With Win
For the second consecutive game, Valparaiso stormed out of the gate in the second half, going on a 19-0 run over the first four minutes of the second stanza and cruising to a 77-61 victory over UMKC on Senior Night Saturday in the regular season finale at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) tied Zoran Viskovic's school record by making 11 free throws without a miss in the win.
Crusaders to Play Regular Season Finale Saturday
Valparaiso will close out the regular season Saturday at the ARC against the Kangaroos of UMKC at 7:05 p.m. Moussa Mbaye will be honored prior to the game as part of Senior Night festivities, and will address the crowd following the contest. The entire Crusader team will also be available for an autograph session after the game.
Crusaders Run Away With Victory; Clinch Three Seed
Valparaiso utilized a rare eight-point possession to seize momentum early in the second half Thursday night against Southern Utah, and easily pulled away for a 75-48 victory over the Thunderbirds at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the win, Valpo clinches the three seed in the upcoming Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
Key Conference Weekend Begins Thursday at the ARC for Crusaders
Valparaiso returns home to the ARC for the first of its final two games of the regular season Thursday night, hosting Southern Utah at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Crusaders Drop Overtime Contest at Western Michigan
Valparaiso held a six-point lead late in Saturday's game at Western Michigan, but the Broncos fought back to force overtime and went on to down the Crusaders in Kalamazoo, Mich., 89-80.
Crusaders Renew Rivalry With Western Michigan Saturday
Valparaiso renews one of its oldest rivalries Saturday, traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich. to face off against Western Michigan. The series between the two teams dates back to the 1920-21 campaign. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. Central time, and the game will be carried on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Drew Wins 300th Game as Crusader Head Coach
Valparaiso nailed six of its first seven shots from the field in the second half, extending a five-point halftime lead into double figures on its way to an 80-56 victory over Western Illinois Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. With the victory, head coach Homer Drew registered his 300th win at the helm of the Crusader program.
Crusaders to Host Western Illinois Thursday
Valparaiso returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center Thursday to take on longtime conference foe Western Illinois. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. A videocast of the game will also be available on the athletics site.
Crusader Comeback Attempt Falls Short
Valparaiso fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit and had a shot to tie on its final possession, but could not get the 3-point attempt to fall, as Oakland defeated the Crusaders in Rochester, Mich. Saturday afternoon, 64-61.
Crusaders Head to Oakland Saturday
Valparaiso looks to stay in the race for one of the top two seeds in the Mid-Con Tournament Saturday, taking on the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland. Tipoff is scheduled for noon Central time, and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
"Inside Valpo Basketball" Moved to Thursday's at 6:30 p.m.
Lakeshore Public Television has moved all of the remaining episodes of ?Inside Valpo Basketball" to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights, beginning this evening.
Crusaders Stumble In Second Half; Fall at IUPUI
Valparaiso took a 31-25 lead into halftime Thursday evening at IUPUI, but the Jaguars scored 13 of the first 17 points of the second half to take the lead for good, eventually pulling away for a 68-54 victory over the Crusaders.
Crusaders Look to Extend Win Streak to Four Games Thursday
Valparaiso, winners of its last three games and seven of its last eight, begins its final Mid-Con road trip Thursday night, taking on IUPUI in Indianapolis at 6 p.m. Central time. The game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Mid-Con Tournament Tickets Now On Sale at Valpo
All session tickets for the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament are now on sale through the Valparaiso University Athletics Ticket Office.
Crusaders Run Past Chicago State
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) registered a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Valparaiso used its best shooting performance of the season to defeat Chicago State Monday night in Chicago, Ill., 91-76.
Huff Named Mid-Con Player of the Week
Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) has been named Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the Mid-Continent Conference for his role in leading the Crusaders to key conference wins last week over Oral Roberts and Centenary.
Crusaders Travel to Windy City to Face Chicago State
Winners of six of their last seven games, the Crusaders step out of conference play Monday to take on former Mid-Con foe Chicago State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
First-Half Run Fuels Valpo Victory
Valparaiso allowed Centenary no field goals over the final 11:08 of the first half and closed the opening stanza on a 23-4 run on its way to an easy 68-50 victory Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The win marks the Crusaders' 200th victory all-time at the ARC.
Crusaders Take Aim at Fourth Straight Home Win Saturday
Coming off of a 70-67 overtime victory over Oral Roberts on Thursday, Valparaiso looks to secure its spot in the conference's upper echelon as the Crusaders host the Centenary Gents Saturday night. The tip is set for 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Crusaders Mount Late Comeback; Down Golden Eagles
Valparaiso stormed back from a nine-point deficit with under two minutes to play in regulation, forcing overtime on a Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) 3-pointer with five seconds to play, and held Oral Roberts to just two points in the extra session as the Crusaders downed the Mid-Con leaders, 70-67, Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Crusaders Return Home; Host Mid-Con Leading Golden Eagles
Valparaiso looks to bounce back from a loss at Southern Utah as the Crusaders host Oral Roberts Thursday night at the ARC. The game, which tips off at 7:05 p.m., can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and can be seen on Lakeshore Public Television, with both audio and video webcasts available through www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Crusaders to Face Off With Western Michigan
Valparaiso will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan on Saturday, February 17 at 3 p.m. Central time in a matchup derived from the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters pool.
Valpo Falls at Southern Utah
Valparaiso placed three players in double figures and was within six points with 2:26 to play, but Southern Utah pulled away late for a 76-60 victory Saturday night in Cedar City, Utah.
Crusaders Win Fourth Straight, Down UMKC in Overtime
Calum MacLeod (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley [Northeastern J.C.]) hit a 3-pointer to put the Crusaders ahead 12 seconds in overtime, and Valparaiso never trailed in the extra session, downing UMKC 56-52 Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo.
Crusaders Aim to Extend Win Streak to Four Thursday Night
The Crusaders, on their third three-game winning streak of the season, hit the road to take on the Kangaroos of UMKC in Kansas City Thursday night. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Crusaders Win Third Consecutive Game
Valparaiso used a stifling defensive effort Monday to down IPFW in non-conference action at the Athletics-Recreation Center, 59-45.
Haanpaa Named Conference Player of the Week
Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) was named the Mid-Continent Conference men's basketball co-player of the week for his outstanding performance last week against Western Illinois, the league announced today.
Valparaiso Selected as One of Nation's Best College Basketball Atmospheres
ESPN.com writer Kyle Whelliston named Valparaiso as one of his five best college basketball game atmospheres last week as part of ESPN's Student Spirit Week, while fan voting placed Valpo 10th nationally among chosen schools.
Valpo Steps Out of League Play to Take On IPFW
Valparaiso takes a break from Mid-Con play Monday, hosting IPFW at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m. For the Crusaders, it is the first home game since the ARC was selected as one of college basketball's top game atmospheres by ESPN.com writer Kyle Whelliston.
Red-Hot Shooting Leads Crusaders to Victory
Valparaiso connected on 12 of its 16 3-point attempts and jumped out to a 13-point lead just five minutes in on its way to an easy 78-60 win over Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. Thursday night.
Crusaders Look to Win Second Straight Thursday at WIU
Valparaiso looks to win back-to-back conference games Thursday as the Crusaders head to Macomb, Ill. to take on fellow Mid-Con charter member Western Illinois.
Crusaders Use Second-Half Run to Down IUPUI
Trailing by four at halftime, Valparaiso scored 20 of the first 27 points in the second half and never looked back, defeating IUPUI Saturday night 69-55 at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Valpo Takes on IUPUI at ARC Saturday Night
Valparaiso looks to defend its home court Saturday night, as Mid-Con rival IUPUI takes on the Crusaders at the Athletics-Recreation Center at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network, and both an audio webcast and video webcast will be available on www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Crusaders Drop Tight Game to Oakland
Samuel Haanpaa's (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) fifth 3-pointer of the ballgame gave Valpo a 72-71 lead with just over a minute to play, but Oakland's Erik Kangas hit a 3-pointer on the Golden Grizzlies' ensuing possession, and the Crusaders could not regain the lead, falling 81-76 Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
Crusaders Return Home for Conference Action
Valparaiso opens its Mid-Continent Conference home slate Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. as the Crusaders host Oakland at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo has never lost to the Golden Grizzlies in eight matchups at the ARC. Thursday's game will be broadcast live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and on Lakeshore Public Television, with both the audio webcast and the vidcast being offered on www.valpo.edu/athletics.
Crusaders Fall at Oral Roberts
Valparaiso closed the first half on a 9-3 run to pull within five at halftime, but Oral Roberts pulled away in the second half and defeated the Crusaders, 75-60, Saturday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla.
Crusaders Look for Second Straight Conference Win Saturday
Valparaiso looks to win its second straight road game to open Mid-Con play as the Crusaders take on rival Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. Saturday at 3:05 p.m. The game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and on Lakeshore Public Television.
Valpo Wins Third Straight in Conference Opener
Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) set a new career high with 16 points, including three key 3-pointers in the second half, as Valparaiso defeated Centenary, 66-62, Thursday night in Shreveport, La. in the Mid-Con opener for both squads.
Crusaders Kick Off Final Season of Mid-Con Play
Valparaiso begins its final season of league play as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference as the Crusaders take on Centenary in Shreveport, La. Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Crusaders Hold On to Defeat Chicago State
Brandon McPherson's (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) 3-pointer with 7:28 to play put Valparaiso ahead for good, and the Crusaders held on to make their return to the Athletics-Recreation Center a victorious one, defeating Chicago State Saturday night, 67-64.
Crusaders Return Home Saturday to Take on Chicago State
Valparaiso returns home Saturday for the first time in over a month as the Crusaders take on former Mid-Con foe Chicago State at 7:05 p.m. Valpo enters the game coming off a victory over San Francisco in its finale at the Rainbow Classic.
Crusaders Defeat Dons in Finale at Rainbow Classic
Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) matched his career-high output with 24 points, and the Crusaders hit free throws down the stretch to defeat San Francisco, 64-59, in the seventh place game of the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Saturday in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Crusaders Drop Consolation Bracket Game to Charlotte
Despite new career highs in scoring from Brandon McPherson (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian), Valparaiso fell to Charlotte Friday afternoon, 74-62, in the consolation bracket of the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Valpo Falls to Creighton in First Round of Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic
Valparaiso was within seven of Creighton at halftime of the Crusaders' opener at the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i, but the Bluejays pulled away in the second half for a 68-43 victory.
Crusaders Begin Play in Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic
Valparaiso opens the 43rd Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i Thursday evening as the Crusaders take on Creighton.
Crusaders Fall At Ball State in Non-Conference Action
Valparaiso took to the road for its third consecutive game Saturday afternoon, but Ball State denied the Crusaders their first victory of the trip, as the Cardinals came out on top, 61-40.
Crusaders Hit the Road to Take on Ball State
Valparaiso will look to break a five-game losing skid Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Ball State. The Crusaders are coming off of an 11-day hiatus for final exams.
Crusaders Drop Tight Road Contest to Evansville
Valparaiso tied Evansville at 58 with 4:03 to play, but an 8-0 spurt for the Purple Aces put them ahead for good, as the Crusaders fell Tuesday night, 69-64, in Evansville, Ind.
Valpo Travels to Evansville Tuesday
The Crusaders will look to break a four-game losing skid Tuesday evening, when they take on in-state rival Evansville in Evansville, Ind. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m.
Crusaders Fall to Top-Ranked Buckeyes
Valparaiso took on its third ranked opponent in a six-day span, but could not come up with a victory Saturday afternoon, falling 78-58 to #3/1 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
Crusaders Take On Nation's Top-Ranked Team For Third Straight Season
Valparaiso takes on the top team in the nation for the third consecutive year, as the Crusaders travel to Columbus, Ohio to match up with #3/1 Ohio State. The game marks the end of a six-day stretch in which Valpo has taken on three of the top-20 teams in the nation.
Crusaders Fall To #19/18 Butler
Valparaiso struggled with shooting the ball Wednesday night and fell to its second ranked opponent in three nights, dropping a 60-47 decision to #19/18 Butler at the ARC.
Crusaders Host Second Ranked Team in Three Days
After hosting just two ranked teams in a nine-year span prior to this season, Valparaiso takes on a ranked team at the ARC for the second time in three days in the form of #19/18 Butler. The in-state rivals will meet twice each season beginning next year when Valpo joins the Horizon League.
Last-Second Shot Lifts #8/9 Marquette Over Valparaiso
Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) hit his third 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to move Valparaiso into a 62-62 tie with #8/9 Marquette, but Dominic James nailed a triple of his own with 3.4 seconds to play, and Brandon McPherson's (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) last-second attempt from just inside halfcourt rimmed out to give the Golden Eagles a 65-62 victory over the Crusaders in front of a capacity crowd at the ARC.
Valpo Hoops Can Be Seen 15 Times on Television and the Web This Season
Nine Valparaiso University men's and six Crusader women's basketball games will be shown live either on television or via the internet during the 2006-2007 season.
Crusaders Host Marquette Monday
Valparaiso hosts a ranked team at the ARC for just the second time in the last nine seasons, as #8/9 Marquette comes to town to take on the Crusaders Monday night. Opening tip is set for 7:05 p.m.
Tickets Still Available For Marquee Matchups
The Valparaiso University Ticket Office announced today that tickets are still available for Monday and Wednesday night's men's basketball games, as the Crusaders host #13 Marquette and Butler, respectively, and for Saturday's game at #3 Ohio State. Tickets for women's basketball games are also available, as the Crusaders host Bradley on Tuesday and Notre Dame on Dec. 19.
Crusaders Fall at North Carolina State
Valparaiso led by one, 27-26, with 7:02 to play in the first half Tuesday evening in Raleigh, N.C., but North Carolina State ended the half on a 14-2 run and pulled away for a 78-64 victory over the Crusaders.
Valpo Taking Aim at Fourth Straight Win
The Crusaders look to begin the season 4-0 for the first time since the 1998-1999 campaign as they close out a three-game road trip at North Carolina State.
Crusaders Start Season 3-0 With Win Over Niagara
Valparaiso used key 3-pointers late in the second half from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) and Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) to pull away from Niagara Saturday evening, 70-58.
Crusaders Look to Start 3-0 at Niagara Saturday
Valparaiso will look to begin the season 3-0 for the second straight season when the Crusaders head to the Empire State to take on Niagara, Saturday night at 6 p.m. Central time.
Crusaders Add Second Newcomer for 2007-08 Campaign
Valparaiso men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Howard Little will join the Crusader program beginning with the 2007-2008 campaign.
Crusaders Prevail Over IPFW in Road Opener
Valparaiso used 14 second-half points from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) to fight off IPFW in Fort Wayne Monday evening, 75-67.
Tickets Available for Valpo-Ohio State
The Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office has tickets available for the Crusaders' December 2 men's basketball game at Ohio State. In addition, tickets remain for the home contests against Marquette and Butler.
Crusaders Try to Make It Two in a Row Monday in Fort Wayne
The Crusaders look for their fifth win in as many matchups against the Mastodons of IPFW Monday night. Valpo won the only prior meeting between the two squads in Fort Wayne in the 2005-2006 regular season opener.
Valpo Opens Regular Season With Win Over Calumet
Five players finished with double-digit point totals, and Valparaiso's lead reached as much as 26 points as the Crusaders cruised to a season-opening victory over Calumet, 84-65.
Crusaders Kick Off Regular Season At ARC Versus Calumet
Valparaiso's men's basketball team begins the 2006-07 campaign Saturday night as the Crusaders host NAIA foe Calumet College at the ARC at 7:05 p.m.
Crusaders Ink Bouchie to National Letter of Intent
Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced today that Bryan Bouchie has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program beginning with the 2007-2008 season.
Crusaders Defeat Trinity Christian in Exhibition Action
Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) registered a double-double Monday night and led four Crusaders in double-figures as Valparaiso cruised to a 91-48 victory over Trinity Christian in the final exhibition game for the Crusaders.
Valpo Captures Exhibition Opener from Indiana Wesleyan
Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) enjoyed a perfect 10-for-10 night from the field as Valparaiso defeated Indiana Wesleyan Saturday night at the ARC, 83-65, in the Crusaders' first exhibition game of the season.
Young Crusader Squad Prepares for Final Season in Mid-Con
Since the inception of the Mid-Continent Conference in 1982, no basketball team has enjoyed more success than the Valparaiso Crusaders, winners of nine regular season championships, eight tournament crowns and a seven-time representative of the league in the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, twenty-five years later, the Crusaders are moving to the Horizon League, but not before a final season in the Mid-Con and one more shot to bring home another championship.
Single Game Hoops Tickets On Sale Friday
Single game tickets for Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball games will go on sale Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m.
Bryce Drew Named Associate Head Coach
The Valparaiso University men's basketball program today announced the promotion of Bryce Drew to Associate Head Basketball Coach.
Crusaders Tabbed Fourth in Mid-Con Preseason Poll
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team is projected to finish fourth in the Mid-Continent Conference this season in a preseason poll of the league's coaches, sports information directors, and selected media members.
Big Game Packs On Sale for Valpo Hoops
Valparaiso University is announcing that Big Game Packs for the upcoming men's basketball season are now on sale at the Valparaiso University Athletic Ticket Office.
Midnight Mayhem Set for October 20 at Valpo
Midnight Mayhem presented by Cardinal Bus will take place on Friday, October 20 at the Athletics-Recreation Center to help kickoff the 2006-2007 basketball seasons both the Valparaiso University men's and women's teams.
Tarrance Price Joins Valpo Staff
Tarrance Price, who went to two NCAA Tournaments as a member of the Crusader basketball team from 1998-2000, has rejoined the Valpo family as the Director of Basketball Operations, Head Coach Homer Drew announced today.
Crusader Season Basketball Tickets Now On Sale
Season tickets for Valparaiso University basketball are now on sale for the 2006-2007 season.
Valpo Men's Basketball Announces 2006-07 Schedule
Home games against regional powers Butler and Marquette, road contests at some of college basketball's top venues and a late December trip to Hawai'i highlight the 2006-07 Valparaiso University men's basketball schedule, announced today by 18th-year Head Coach Homer Drew.
Crusader Basketball Again Selected for BracketBusters Event
For the third straight season, the Valparaiso University men's basketball team will take part in the ESPN BracketBusters series, a two-day, 51-game showcase of some of the nation's top college basketball programs.
Former Crusader Dan Oppland Signs Professional Contract
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield), who enjoyed one of the most prolific careers in Valpo history, has signed a contract to play professionally for the Hanzevast Capitals in The Netherlands.