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Valpo Captures Exhibition Opener from Indiana Wesleyan

Saturday, November 04, 2006

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.

Igbavboa, who played just 24 minutes due to foul trouble, hit seven of his ten shots in the first half. He would end the game with 24 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots. Joining Igbavboa in the low post was Crusader newcomer Calum MacLeod (Wellington, New Zealand/Hutt Valley [Northeastern J.C.]), who poured in 21 points, including 17 in the second half, and pulled down seven rebounds in his Crusader debut.

The game was tight throughout the first half, as Valpo could never get the margin above eight points. A Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) 3-pointer gave the Crusaders a 38-31 halftime advantage.

The Crusaders got the advantage to double digits for the first time on an Igbavboa 3-point play with 18:44 to go, but the Wildcats answered right back with a 11-2 run to pull back within one point. Coming out of the ensuing media timeout, Valpo responded with a 10-0 run of its own, highlighted by an Igbavboa fast break dunk and 3-pointers from Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) and MacLeod.

Indiana Wesleyan got a basket on its next possession to briefly cut the lead to 55-46, but Samuel Haanpaa (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) came right back with a 3-pointer to make it a 12-point game, and the Crusaders' lead would remain in double digits the rest of the way.

Igbavboa and MacLeod were the only Valpo players to finish in double digits, with the next highest scorer being Loyd, with eight points. Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) enjoyed a solid all-around game after earning the start, recording five points, eight assists, and four steals.

Indiana Wesleyan, coached by former Crusader guard Greg Tonagel, placed three players in double figures, paced by 15 from DeJovaun Sawyer-Davis. Sawyer-Davis also pulled down ten rebounds for the game's only double-double. Valpo High graduate Jon Moon added 14 points, while Antonio Murrell chipped in 13 points and seven assists.

The Crusaders hit an even 50% of their shots for the game, going 28-of-56 from the field, versus 21-of-58 (36.2%) for Indiana Wesleyan. Valpo hit just 5-of-16 shots from behind the arc, but hit 22 free throws on 31 attempts. Both teams had trouble holding on to the ball, committing 21 turnovers apiece, with the Wildcats holding a 16-15 edge in points off turnovers. The Crusaders enjoyed significant edges in points in the paint (38-22) and fast break points (14-0).

Valparaiso returns home for its final exhibition game Monday night, as the Crusaders host Trinity Christian. 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.
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M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
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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
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Apr 17 No Team Score
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Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
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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)
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Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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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
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Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
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Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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