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Valpo Falls to Oral Roberts Saturday in Tulsa

Saturday, 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.

Oppland scored 20-plus points for the 14th time this season, and recorded his fourth double-double in the last five games. The senior has scored 1,745 points in his career, third most all-time, and stands 40 behind Tracy Gipson for second place.

The Crusaders will continue their season next weekend at the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Valpo will open tourney play Sunday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. as the fourth seed, and will take on Southern Utah in the opening round.

As for Saturday's game, both teams started cold from the field, especially the Crusaders, who went on a nearly five minute scoring drought after Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) opened the scoring with a four-point play. Howard scored Valpo's first seven points, and single-handedly kept his team in the game offensively through the first six minutes.

The score was 8-7 Oral Roberts when Oppland first got hot and ripped off seven straight of his own, building the Crusaders a 14-8 lead, one they would maintain until Ken Tutt drained a baseline three-pointer with 7:10 left in the half. The two teams traded the advantage for much of the rest of the period, but a late 7-1 Oral Roberts run sent the Golden Eagles into the locker room on top 38-35.

Oppland led Valpo with 13 points in the first half and Howard chipped in nine. Caleb Green led the hosts with 16, while Tutt added 10. The Crusaders hit 6-of-9 three-pointers in the first 20 minutes and out-rebounded ORU 24-18, but committed 11 turnovers and forced only two.

The hosts came out of the locker room strong, quickly building their biggest lead of the game, 50-40, on a Jonathan Bluitt three-pointer five minutes in. Oral Roberts maintained a comfortable cushion for the next nine minutes, with the lead never dipping below six or growing above 13.

With the Golden Eagles up 69-60 and under five minutes to go, Seth Colclasure (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) knocked down an open triple from the corner to cut the lead to 69-63. But that would be as close as the Crusaders would get, as the hosts had an answer for every made Valpo basket and made 12 straight free throws down the stretch.

Howard and Ali Berdiel (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Andrean) each had 16 points, with Berdiel adding four rebounds and four assists. Colclasure had nine points off the bench for the Crusaders, who shot 43.1% from the field and knocked down 10-of-21 three-pointers. Valpo out-rebounded Oral Roberts, the top rebounding team in the league, 41-38.

Green, the preseason Player of the Year, totaled 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-11, 13-3 Mid-Con), who also got 18 off the bench from Tutt and 16 from Larry Owens, who it 12-of-16 free throws.

The game featured an astounding 57 fouls, saw three players foul out, and watched the teams combine to shoot 70 free throws.

The Brown and Gold's (16-11, 8-8 Mid-Con) entire run through the Mid-Con Tournament can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. Pregame coverage of Valpo's first round game is scheduled to begin at 5:50 p.m.

box score
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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