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Second-Half Surge Lifts Chicago State Past Valpo In Mid-Con Tournament

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Tulsa, Okla. - A 30-8 run over the first 12 minutes of the second half helped Chicago State overcome a nine-point halftime deficit and the Cougars held on to defeat Valpo 72-67 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament at the John Q. Hammons Arena. Dan Oppland led the Crusaders (15-16) with 20 points.

Kenny Harris added 11 points and 13 rebounds for 3rd seed Valpo. Royce Parran, who scored 20 points in the second half, led Chicago State (9-18) with 23 points. Deji Akindele tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Craig Franklin scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half for CSU.

CSU set a Mid-Con Tournament record with 53 free throw attempts, sinking 29 (55 percent). Valpo made 25 of 32 free throws (78 percent).

Valpo, winners of eight Mid-Con Tournament titles in the previous 10 years, was eliminated in the first round for the first time since the 1989-90 season. The Crusaders had appeared in 10 straight Mid-Con Tournament Championship games (1995-2004).

After trailing 32-23 at halftime, Chicago State rallied out of the locker room, outscoring the Crusaders 24-4 in the first 9 minutes to take a 45-36 lead. Oppland's short jumper halted the Cougars' scoring explosion. However, CSU went on an 8-2 run to take a 53-40 lead.

The Crusaders made a furious 14-4 run to cut the deficit to 57-54 with 4:25 left. However, Parran drained a 3-pointer to expand the CSU lead to 60-54 with 4:04 remaining. Oppland's two free throws pulled Valpo within 60-58 at the 3:10 mark.

Free throw shooting was a struggle for CSU, which made 12 of 20 in the final 2:42. Despite the missed free throws, the Cougars led by seven (70-63) with 23 seconds left. Valpo pulled within four on a Jimmie Miles free throw with four seconds left, but could get no closer.

Valpo, which led the entire first half, held a 10-9 advantage before embarking on 9-0 run to take a 19-9 lead with 9:03 remaining. Oppland scored six points during the stretch, including a 3-pointer and a conventional three-point play. Moussa Mbaye added the other three points.

Chicago State cut the lead to 19-12 before Jarryd Loyd's 3-pointer and Mbaye's two free throws extended the lead to 24-12 at the 5:26 mark. Valpo led by as many as 13 on three separate occasions during the next four minutes. Ron Howard scored four points during the sequence and Oppland's two free throws gave the Crusaders their last 13-point cushion (32-19) with 1:40 remaining.

Oppland led Valpo with eight first-half points, while Seth Colclasure added six on two 3-pointers. Akindele had 11 points for the Cougars before halftime. Defenses prevailed in the first half as Valpo shot 31 percent (9-29) and CSU made 30 percent (7-23) from the floor. Valpo made 10-of-13 free throws and CSU was 8-for-15 prior to intermission.

Valpo struggled shooting, making 33 percent overall (18-54), while CSU finished at 48 percent). The Crusaders committed 15 turnovers to CSU's nine. Valpo outrebounded the Cougars 41-33.

Chicago State, the 6th seed, will play Oakland, the 7th seed, in Monday's second semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Top seed Oral Roberts opposes 4th seed IUPUI Monday at 6 p.m. in the first semifinal.

The championship is Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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