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July 24, 2006
Samuel Haanpaa (Finland/Cornerstone Christian, Texas) scored 28 points and pulled down seven rebounds Sunday in Lisbon, Portugal, leading Finland to a 91-75 win over Poland and a third place finish at the U20 European Championships.
July 11, 2006
The Valparaiso University men's basketball program today announced the hiring of Jason Hawkins as an Assistant Coach. The Valparaiso University grad comes to the Crusaders after serving as the Head Coach at Calumet College for the last two seasons.
April 28, 2006
Rex Walters, who began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant with the Crusaders from 2003-05, has been named the sixth Head Men's Basketball Coach at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.
April 28, 2006
Valparaiso Head Men's Basketball Coach Homer Drew today announced Samuel Haanpaa, a 6'8" guard from Cornerstone Christian School in San Antonio, Texas has been signed to a National Letter of Intent for the 2006-07 season.
April 18, 2006
Valparaiso Head Men's Basketball Coach Homer Drew today announced the signing of 6'5" Paul Guede of Grace Christian School in Sanford, North Carolina to a National Letter of Intent for the 2006-07 season.
April 14, 2006
Valparaiso Head Men's Basketball Coach Homer Drew today announced Calum MacLeod of Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. has signed a National Letter of Intent for the 2006-07 season.
March 28, 2006
Current Crusader players and coaches will staff five different boy's basketball programs at the Athletics-Recreation Center this summer for dedicated players of all ages.
March 13, 2006
Crusader Assistant Coach Bryce Drew and former player Bill Jenkins will be featured Monday night on ESPN Classic's Classic Now program at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. Central Time.
March 13, 2006
Valpo seniors Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) and Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Sartre) have been selected to participate in the 2006 Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament (PIT) featuring the nation's top 64 senior basketball players.
March 06, 2006
With revenge on their minds, the Crusaders play for a berth in the Mid-Continent Conference Championship Game Monday night against top-seeded and regular season champion Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles beat Valpo 87-78 in the regular season finale February 25.
March 06, 2006
The top-seeded Oral Roberts Golden Eagles defended their hometown and advanced to the Mid-Continent Conference Championship Game with a 77-58 win over Valpo Monday night at John Q. Hammons Arena in Tulsa, Okla. The loss concludes the Crusaders' 2005-06 season.
March 05, 2006
The Crusaders won for the first time in 12 games in the city of Tulsa, Okla. and advanced to the semi-finals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Sunday night, downing Southern Utah 77-66 at John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC.
March 03, 2006
The fourth-seeded Crusaders begin their quest for a ninth Mid-Con Tournament Championship Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. when they square off with fifth-seed Southern Utah at the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC in Tulsa, Okla.
February 28, 2006
Seniors Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield), Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Sartre) have earned All-Mid-Continent Conference honors, the league announced today. Valpo's three All-Conference performers are the most of any school in the league.
February 25, 2006
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) scored 25 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in the final regular season game of his career, but the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles were too strong, toppling the Crusaders 87-78 Saturday night at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Okla.
February 24, 2006
Homer Drew will coach the 900th game of his career and Valpo will close out the regular season Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. on the road at Oral Roberts. The game can be seen live throughout Chicagoland and northern Indiana on WYIN 56 and WHME 46.
February 23, 2006
The UMKC Kangaroos used a 27-7 run midway through the second half to erase a big Valpo lead, and Quinton Day buried a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds left to give the hosts a 73-70 win over Valpo Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
February 22, 2006
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Crusaders open their toughest stretch of the season Thursday night at UMKC at 7:00 p.m., looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Kangaroos. All the action will be carried live throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana on WYIN 56 and WHME 46.
February 18, 2006
Six Crusader seniors left the Athletics-Recreation Center one final time as winners, bouncing Niagara 88-82 Saturday night in a game arranged through the BracketBusters presented by eBay pool.
February 17, 2006
Saturday night, six Crusader seniors will play their final games at the Athletics-Recreation Center when the Crusaders meet Niagara at 7:05 p.m. All the action can be seen live on WYIN 56 and WHME 46 throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana.
February 16, 2006
Dan Oppland's (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) 22-point night moved him into third all-time on the Valpo scoring charts and boosted the Crusaders to a 70-64 win over Chicago State Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 15, 2006
The Crusaders can clinch a tenth winning season in the last 11 years with a win Thursday night against Chicago State at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The game, scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., can be seen live throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana on WYIN 56 and WHME 46.
February 11, 2006
A late 9-0 Valpo run broke open a close game and carried the Crusaders to a 76-64 win over Western Illinois Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
February 10, 2006
Valparaiso University senior Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) has been named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Men's Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the third straight year he has been so honored.
February 10, 2006
The Crusaders open a three-game homestand Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. against Western Illinois at the ARC. The game will be televised live on WYIN 56 in Merrillville, Ind. and WHME 46 in South Bend, Ind.
February 09, 2006
The Mid-Con leading IUPUI Jaguars quickly opened a double-digit lead in the second half and held on late for a 75-67 win Thursday night at the IUPUI Gymnasium in Indianapolis, Ind.
February 08, 2006
Winners of two straight, the Crusaders travel down I-65 to meet Mid-Con leading IUPUI Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. Pregame coverage on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics begins at 5:50.
February 07, 2006
WYIN 56 in Merrillville, Ind. will be one of six stations nationwide to televise the semi-finals of the 2006 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Championship live, Monday, March 6, the league announced today.
February 04, 2006
Ron Howard's (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) 13-point, 10-rebound double-double helped Valpo avenge an earlier loss and down the Southern Utah Thunderbirds 76-64 Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center in front of 4,080 fans.
February 03, 2006
Separated by half a game in the Mid-Con standings, Valpo and Southern Utah will meet Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center with the Crusaders looking to avenge a 73-61 loss earlier this season in Cedar City.
February 02, 2006
The Crusaders snapped their four-game losing streak in style, downing the Centenary Gents 99-73 Thursday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Seth Colclasure (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) and Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) each had 23 points to pace Valpo's potent attack.
February 01, 2006
Five days after a hard-fought overtime loss to IUPUI, the Crusaders will hit the hardwood Thursday for a 7:05 p.m. game against Centenary at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo has lost four straight overall, but has won the last three meetings with the Gents.
January 31, 2006
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team will host Niagara University February 18 at 7:05 p.m. as a result of their participation in the larger BracketBusters presented by eBay pool.
January 28, 2006
Mid-Con leading IUPUI erased a 22-point second half lead and stormed back to beat the Crusaders 87-82 in overtime Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo had a 20-point halftime lead but saw the Jaguars shoot 68.0% in the second half to force the extra period.
January 27, 2006
The Crusaders will try to right the ship and turn around a three-game losing streak when the IUPUI Jaguars visit the Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday night at 7:05. Six of Valpo's next seven games will be played on their home court.
January 26, 2006
Calvin Wooten's 40-point night helped erase seven and a half years of history and led the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to a 95-89 win over the Crusaders Thursday night at the Athletics Center O'Rena in Rochester, Mich.
January 25, 2006
Looking to snap a two-game losing streak, Valparaiso hopes past performance is a predictor of future success, as the Crusaders head to Rochester, Mich. to take on Oakland Thursday night. The Brown and Gold have never lost to the Golden Grizzlies in 16 all-time matchups, including a 31-point victory at the ARC earlier this season.
January 23, 2006
For the second straight year, the Valpo men's basketball team will host ?Be Bold, Wear Gold" night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, January 28 at 7:05 p.m. against IUPUI.
January 21, 2006
The red-hot Crusader offense went into a deep chill Saturday night, and Valpo trailed from start to finish in a 73-61 loss to Southern Utah at Centrum Arena in Cedar City, Utah.
January 20, 2006
Valparaiso heads to Cedar City, Utah to take on Southern Utah Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. The Crusaders look to bounce back from their 90-76 loss at Chicago State, their first loss in seven games.
January 19, 2006
The Crusaders came into Thursday night's game without three of their top seven players. They left with their six-game winning streak in the rear view mirror after a 90-76 loss to Chicago State at the Jacoby D. Dickens Center in Chicago, Ill.
January 18, 2006
In search of a seventh straight win, the Valparaiso Crusader men's basketball team continues a four-game road trip Thursday night against Chicago State. All the action, scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., can be seen live throughout Chicagoland on WYIN 56 and on WHME, channel 46 in South Bend, Ind.
January 16, 2006
Valpo senior Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield), coming off a career-night Saturday, has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced today.
January 14, 2006
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) is going to miss playing at Western Hall. One year after scoring 29 points in Macomb, the senior dropped a career-high 35 points on the Leathernecks Saturday night in Valpo's 82-68 win, their sixth straight.
January 13, 2006
One win shy of their first six-game winning streak in two years, the Crusaders take their high-flying offense on the road Saturday night to sqaure off with Western Illinois at 7:00 p.m.
January 13, 2006
Crusader senior Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's co-Men's Athlete of the Month for December 2005, the league announced today.
January 11, 2006
Six Crusaders finished in double-figures and Valpo led by as much as 27 in the second half en route to an 88-72 win over IPFW Wednesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The win was the Crusaders' fifth in a row, with all five wins coming by at least 15 points.
January 10, 2006
Coming off their biggest win in two years, the Crusaders will close out a four-game homestand in search a fifth-straight win when IPFW comes to town Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.
January 09, 2006
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Valparaiso Crusaders to an 80-60 win over preseason Mid-Continent Conference favorite Oral Roberts Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 08, 2006
Valpo and Oral Roberts, picked to finish second and first respectively in the Mid-Con, meet for the first time this season Monday night at 7:35 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The game will be carried live on WYIN 56 in Merrillville, Ind. and WHME, channel 46 in South Bend, Ind.
January 07, 2006
Valpo opened the second half on a 27-5 run to blow open a close game and roll past Longwood 105-73 Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders scored 100 points for the second time this season, and won by 30-plus points for the second consecutive game.
January 06, 2006
Coming off back-to-back impressive wins over Centenary and Oakland, the Crusaders open a four-game in eight-day stretch Saturday night when they welcome the Longwood Lancers to the Athletics-Recreation Center for a 7:05 p.m. game.
January 06, 2006
Valparaiso University and Family Express have joined together to form the Crusader Kids Club, an opportunity for children age 12 and under to attend home men's and women's basketball games at Valpo free of charge.
January 02, 2006
The Valparaiso Crusaders made 13-of-22 three-pointers, dished out 23 assists on 29 baskets and placed five players in double figures on their way to a 95-64 win over Oakland Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
January 01, 2006
The Crusaders open a four-game homestand Monday night at 7:05 when they welcome the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to town for their third Mid-Continent Conference game of the season. The game can be seen live on WYIN 56 and WHME, Channel 46.
December 29, 2005
An inspired second half blew open a close game and helped Valpo coast late to an 89-74 win over Centenary Thursday night in Shreveport, La.
December 28, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team will try to erase the memory of Tuesday's conference opening loss to UMKC on Thursday night when they battle Centenary at 7:00 p.m. in Shreveport, La.
December 27, 2005
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) posted his first double-double of the season, but the UMKC Kangaroos broke out on top early and pulled away late for a 75-62 win over Valpo Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
December 26, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team opens Mid-Continent Conference play Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. when they welcome the UMKC Kangaroos to the Athletics-Recreation Center. The game will be televised live on WYIN 56 in Valparaiso and WHME, Channel 46 in South Bend.
December 20, 2005
The Longwood Lancers ambushed the Valparaiso University men's basketball team early in the second half, but the Crusaders clawed back and held on late for an 82-79 win Tuesday night at Willett Hall in Farmville, Va.
December 19, 2005
The Crusaders conclude a six-game road swing Tuesday night when they take on Longwood at 6:00. The game is Valpo's final non-conference tune-up before they open Mid-Con play December 27.
December 18, 2005
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) and Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) each had big nights, but J.J. Redick's top-ranked Duke Blue Devils pulled away late for a 104-77 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders Sunday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
December 16, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team has a chance to make history Sunday night at 7:00 when they face #1 Duke at famed Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The game will be televised to a national audience on Fox Sports Net.
December 10, 2005
Seth Colclasure (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) scored a career-high 24 points and the Valparaiso University men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a thrilling 80-77 win over Charlotte Saturday night at Halton Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
December 09, 2005
Valparaiso looks to end a two-game losing streak this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to Charlotte to take on the 49ers Saturday night at 6 p.m.
December 07, 2005
The cold-shooting Crusaders hung tough with Marquette but came up short in the end, falling 69-54 Wednesday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
December 06, 2005
The Crusaders' six-game road trip heads north to Milwaukee, Wis. Wednesday night when Valpo meets Marquette at 7:00 p.m. at the Bradley Center. Valpo is looking for a win over the Golden Eagles for the first time in 17 years.
December 03, 2005
Dan Oppland's (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) monster 23 point, seven rebound effort was good enough for a spot on the All-Tournament Team, but not enough for a Crusader win, as Valpo fell 72-59 to #14 Iowa Saturday night in the Championship Game of the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa.
December 02, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team shook off a sluggish start and withstood a late Tulane rally to earn a 79-72 win Friday night in the opening round of the Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa.
November 30, 2005
Valpo's schedule takes a tougher turn beginning this weekend when the Crusaders head to Iowa City, Iowa for the Hawkeye Challenge. Valpo's first test comes Friday night against Tulane at 5:45 p.m. in the opening round of the two-day tournament.
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.
November 25, 2005
Valpo opens their home season Monday night with a 7:05 p.m. game against Indiana-South Bend. The Crusaders are looking for a second-straight win and for their first 2-0 start since the 2000-01 season.
November 25, 2005
The Kenny Harris Foundation will be unveiled in a special pregame ceremony at the November 28 Valparaiso-IUSB men's basketball game.
November 23, 2005
Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) had a decisive late basket, game-clinching steal, and scored 26 points to lead Valpo to a 74-68 win over IPFW Wednesday night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.
November 22, 2005
Valparaiso opens the 2005-06 season in Fort Wayne, Ind. Wednesday night against the IPFW Mastodons. Homer Drew's squad features six seniors, geared for a run at an eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
November 17, 2005
Nine home and road Valparaiso University men's basketball games and two women's games will be carried live this season on WYIN 56, Channel 56 out of Merrillville, Ind., and WHME, Channel 46 in South Bend, Ind., Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today.
November 12, 2005
Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Saltre) had an emphatic coming out party Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center, posting a double-double in the first half and leading the Crusaders to a 92-62 win over Calumet in their final exhibition game of the season.
November 11, 2005
Head Coach Jason Hawkins leads a line of familiar faces to Athletics-Recreation Center Saturday night when the Calumet Crimson Wave take on the Crusaders in their final exhibition contest of the season.
November 10, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's basketball team today announced they have signed Keaton Frye to a National Letter of Intent.
November 05, 2005
Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) scored a game-high 24 points to lead Valparaiso back from an 11-point deficit to a 69-63 win Saturday night over Capital in the team's exhibition opener at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
November 04, 2005
The Valpo Sports Radio Network will cover all of Northwest Indiana for Valparaiso University men's basketball this season, beginning with the regular season opener November 23 at IPFW.
November 03, 2005
With the injuries and disappointment of the 2004-05 season behind them, the Crusaders are poised to ascend back to the top of the Mid-Continent Conference. Nine returnees and five big additions have the Brown and Gold keyed up for the season's kickoff Saturday night.
October 26, 2005
Members of the Valparaiso University men's basketball team are used to being heroes on the court, drawing cheers from fans after making a great play or hitting the game winning shot. On October 20 they were able to inspire the same reaction during a visit to Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.
October 19, 2005
The Crusaders were picked to finish second in the Mid-Continent Conference by a poll of conference coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected members of the media. Seniors Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young/Marquette) and Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) were tabbed to the All-Conference First Team.
October 05, 2005
Valparaiso University will kickoff the 2005-2006 basketball season on Friday, October 14 with Valpo Basketball Madness presented by Cardinal Bus at the Athletics-Recreation Center.
September 15, 2005
The Valparaiso University men's basketball will host a game February 18, 2006 at the Athletics-Recreation Center as part of ESPN's Bracket Buster Saturday, it was announced today.
September 14, 2005
Valparaiso University today announced Jack Gabor has been named Director of Video Operations for the men's basketball team.
September 12, 2005
Season tickets for Valparaiso University basketball are now on sale for the 2005-2006 season.
September 06, 2005
Valparaiso University today announced Mohamed Kone, the top rated junior college center in the country, has enrolled in classes and will be a member of the men's basketball team this season.
September 01, 2005
On behalf of the family of Kenny Harris, Valparaiso University Men's Basketball Head Coach Homer Drew has today issued the following statement regarding Kenny Harris (Griffith, Ind./Griffith H.S.):
August 30, 2005
Valparaiso University sophomore forward Shawn Huff has been playing as a member of the Finnish National Team in qualifications for the 2006 European Championships.
August 26, 2005
The Valpo Sports Radio Network will cover all of Northwest Indiana for both Valparaiso University football and men's basketball beginning with the football season opener on September 3 at Wisconsin Lutheran.
August 24, 2005
Valparaiso University head coach Homer Drew has announced the 2005-2006 Crusader men's basketball schedule.
August 23, 2005
Valparaiso University head basketball coach Homer Drew has announced that Ivan Vujic has joined the Crusader staff.
August 17, 2005
Valparaiso University senior forward Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield H.S.) has been selected to play with an Athletes in Action team on an international tour of Europe.
July 22, 2005
Radio One Communications and Valparaiso University have announced a partnership to air all Crusader men's basketball and football games during the 2005-06 year. WAKE-AM, a member of the Radio One Communications' cluster of radio stations, will serve as the commercial flagship station for VU men's basketball and football during the 2005?2006 season.