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Valpo Closes Out South Padre Island Invite with Win
Shawn Huff earned All-Tournament honors.
Shawn Huff earned All-Tournament honors.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Box Score

Valparaiso held Austin Peay to just 18 second-half points Saturday on its way to a 61-47 victory in the Crusaders' final game of the South Padre Island Invitational.  Samuel Haanpää (Kerava, Finland/Cornerstone [Texas] Christian) led Valpo with 21 points, including six 3-pointers, while Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) earned All-Tournament accolades after scoring seven key points late in the game.

“Our guys really deserved this win today,” said Crusader head coach Homer Drew.  “They all rose to the occasion; everyone who played made strong contributions to the win.  It was a hard-fought, very physical game against an Austin Peay team that’s picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference, and I believe we played our best game of the season so far.”

Valpo jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead three minutes into the game behind two Haanpää triples, but Austin Peay answered with a 14-1 run over the next 3:48 to take a seven-point lead.  The Governors held the lead for the remainder of the half, pushing the advantage to nine points at 27-18 with 5:13 left in the opening stanza.  The Crusaders responded with nine straight points to tie the game, but Austin Peay hit a bucket late in the half to take a two-point lead into the intermission.

“I thought Sam did a good job getting us started offensively in the first half by hitting some shots,” said Drew.  “Defensively, Shawn did a great job on Drake Reed, who was the Ohio Valley player of the year last year, only letting him get one shot off.  Also, Howard Little (Chicago, Ill./Stoneridge [Calif.] School) had a key steal on Austin Peay’s final possession of the half to give us a little momentum going into halftime.”

The Crusaders stepped up the defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Governors to six field goals on 20.7% shooting from the field.  APSU took the lead up to four points twice early in the second stanza, but Valpo used Haanpää’s fifth triple of the game to take the lead for good at 35-33 with 14:23 to play.

“We went to our matchup zone early on in the second half, and that was really the key on the defensive end,” said Drew.  “We held Austin Peay to four baskets on 21 possessions after going to the zone.  We were very strong defensively and our defensive rebounding was very good when they missed shots.”

For most of the second half, however, Austin Peay matched Valpo defensive stop for defensive stop, and the Crusaders held just a two-point lead at 49-47 with 2:45 to play in the game.  That was when Huff stepped up, hitting a tough reverse layup off a feed from Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) with 2:30 left to make it a four-point game.  Jake Diebler (Upper Sandusky, Ohio/Upper Sandusky) took a charge to get Valpo the ball back, and Loyd found Huff again on Valpo’s next possession for a 53-47 lead.

Huff drilled a 3-pointer from the corner off a pass from Diebler the next time down the court to extend the lead to nine with 1:22 to play.  Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) stepped up to take a charge to solidify the game for Valpo on the Governors’ next possession, and the Crusaders iced the game from the free throw line.

“I was pleased with the poise that Jarryd and Brandon showed handling the ball in the second half,” said Drew.  “Austin Peay has some of the toughest pressure we’ll see all year, and we stayed aggressive and starting breaking their press late in the game to get some key baskets.  I thought Shawn really stepped up and had confidence in his ability to score those seven points down the stretch.”

Haanpää set a new career best with his six triples and surpassed the 20-point barrier for the fourth time in his career.  Huff added 11 points and matched his career-high with nine rebounds, while Igbavboa scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds as well.

Austin Peay (2-3) was led by Fernandez Lockett, who posted 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.  Wes Channels chipped in 12 points off the bench, but the Governors’ offense was limited to 33.3% (19-of-57) shooting from the field and hit just 13.0% (3-of-23) of their 3-point attempts.

The Crusaders matched their best shooting night of the season, hitting 50% (21-of-42) of their attempts from the floor, including 11 trifectas.  Valpo also held a 35-28 rebounding edge over Austin Peay and registered 16 assists on 21 baskets.

Valparaiso (4-1) returns home to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday, November 28 to host Western Michigan, which is coming off a victory over #25 Davidson.  The Crusaders and Broncos will tip off at 7:05 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso; WEFM, 95.9 FM, Michigan City; WAKE, 1500 AM, Valparaiso) and can be seen online through the Horizon League Network at www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv or www.valpo.edu/athletics.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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