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Valpo Falls To First-Place UMKC

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Valparaiso, Ind. - Despite draining 13, 3-pointers, Valpo fell to first-place UMKC 84-78. Dan Oppland led the Crusaders with 24 points, while Ron Howard added 22 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Mike English topped UMKC with 26 points, while Carlton Aaron scored 20 and grabbed eight rebounds.

Seth Colclasure tallied 11 points and five assists for Valpo (6-10, 2-2 Mid-Con) and Vincent Humphrey tied his career-high with 10 points and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds.

Both teams scorched the nets from 3-point range as Valpo was 13 of 19 (68 percent) from beyond the arc and UMKC was 8 for 9 from 3-point territory. Oppland made 4 of 5 from 3-point land and Colclasure was 3 of 5. Brandon Temple was 4 of 4 from behind the stripe for UMKC.

UMKC (5-7, 4-0), winners of five straight, complemented its outside shooting prowess with a strong inside game. Aaron, a 6'9", 322-pound center, scored 14 points in the second half, helping the Kangaroos to eight-point leads on three separate occassions in the final 20 minutes.

Perhaps the biggest shot of the game came from Temple who made a 3-pointer with 1:56 remaining to extend a 76-73 lead to 79-73. The trey also stopped a 5-0 Valpo run.

On the next possession, English produced perhaps the most significant defensive play of the contest as he blocked a shot inside the paint, giving UMKC another possession.

In a game that featured 15 lead changes, it was the 3-point shot that proved to be Valpo's main weapon. The Crusaders were 6 of 7 in the first half and added 7 treys in 12 attempts after intermission.

Oppland had an extraordinary first half, scoring 23 points, including all four of his 3-pointers. English had 18 first-half points and Temple made three treys in the first half as the Kangaroos held a 39-37 halftime advantage.

Temple finished with 16 points and transfers Quinton Day and Tim Blackwell continued their solid play. Day, who played his freshman year at USC, scored 14 points and dished out five assists, while Blackwell, a Creighton transfer, had a game-high eight assists. UMKC is 5-3 since Day and Blackwell became eligible after having to sit out Fall Semester in accordance with the NCAA transfer rule.

For the ninth time this season, Valpo played with eight scholarship players as Jimmie Miles missed his first game after suffering an injury against Oakland Monday. Senior point guard Ali Berdiel and sophomore center Kenny Harris are out indefinitely after suffering injuries.

Valpo has a week in between games and will resume action next Thursday, Jan. 20 at Chicago State beginning at 7 p.m.
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