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2003-04 Men's Basketball News
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May 21, 2004
Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced that Oumar Sylla has been granted a release from his commitment to the University and the basketball program.
May 06, 2004
Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced that Vincent Humphrey, of Fenwick High School in Chicago, has signed a national letter of intent to attend VU and play basketball.
April 01, 2004
The Valparaiso University men's basketball staff will conduct four boys summer basketball camps at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo head coach Homer Drew, who guided the Crusaders to their 9th Mid-Continent Conference regular season title and 8th tournament title in the last 10 years, will conduct the camps along with his coaching staff.
March 18, 2004
Valpo raced out to an early lead, but Gonzaga controlled the second half and defeated the Crusaders 76-49 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
March 15, 2004
A battle of two of the most successful college basketball programs over the last 10 years will take place on Thursday at 9 p.m. (CST) when Valpo opposes Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Key Arena in Seattle.
March 14, 2004
Valpo will face Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Seattle. The Crusaders (18-12) take the #15 seed against the #2 seeded Bulldogs (27-2). Tipoff will be approximately 9 p.m. CST (7 p.m. PST).
March 09, 2004
Kikas Gomes scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half, as Valpo came back from a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat IUPUI 75-70 to capture its 8th Mid-Continent Conference Tournament Championship. The Crusaders (18-12) advance to their 7th NCAA Tournament.
March 07, 2004
Dan Oppland scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Kikas Gomes recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as Valpo defeated Oakland 73-64 in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. The Crusaders (16-12) will play UMKC in the semifinals on Monday at 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Net).
March 05, 2004
Valpo, the regular season champion and #1 seed, will face #8 seed Oakland on Sunday at noon in the quarterfinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.
March 04, 2004
Valpo, the Mid-Continent Conference regular season champion, placed Joaquim "Kikas" Gomes, Dan Oppland and Ali Berdiel on the All-Mid-Con Second Team.

March 02, 2004
Valpo defeated Chicago State 74-66 to capture its 9th Mid-Continent Conference Regular Season Championship in the last 10 years. Dan Oppland had game highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds and three other Crusaders scored in double figures.
March 01, 2004
On Tuesday, Valpo (14-12, 10-5) can capture the outright Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship with a victory over Chicago State (11-18, 9-6).

February 28, 2004
Valpo made 57 percent of its shots in the first half and defeated IPFW 83-61 in a non-conference game. Dan Oppland led the Crusaders (14-12) with 18 points, while Kenny Harris added 15 and Ali Berdiel tallied 10.
February 26, 2004
Fourth-ranked Duke drained 10, 3-pointers in the first half and went on to defeat Valpo 97-63 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The home victory was the 41st straight for the Blue Devils. Kikas Gomes led the Crusaders (13-12) with 18 points and 11 rebounds ? his 12th double-double of the season. Dan Oppland tallied 11 points and eight rebounds, while Ali Berdiel added 10 points.

February 24, 2004
Valpo (13-11) steps onto the national stage on Thursday by opposing #4-ranked Duke (22-3) at 8:05 p.m. CST (9:05 p.m. EST) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game, the first-ever between the schools, will be televised live on ESPN2.

February 21, 2004
Southern Utah raced out to a 16-point first-half lead and went on to defeat Valpo 75-58. The loss dropped the Crusaders (13-11, 10-5) into a four-way tie for first place in the Mid-Continent Conference.
February 19, 2004
Winners of nine of its last 10 games, Valpo (13-10, 10-4) is back in first place in the Mid-Continent Conference. On Saturday, the Crusaders oppose Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah.

February 14, 2004
Dan Oppland scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kikas Gomes added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Valpo defeated UMKC 70-60. The win, Valpo's ninth in the last 10 games, propelled the Crusaders (13-10, 10-4) into first place in the Mid-Continent Conference.
February 13, 2004
After closing the gap on first place, Valpo (12-10, 9-4) hosts UMKC (12-10, 7-4) in another key Mid-Continent Conference game.
February 12, 2004
Valpo placed five players in double figures and held off a late comeback to defeat Oral Roberts 84-73. The victory propelled the Crusaders (9-4) into a first-place tie with IUPUI (8-3).

February 11, 2004
On Thursday, Valpo (11-10, 8-4 Mid-Con) begins a two-game homestand by entertaining Oral Roberts (13-8, 6-4) at 7:05 p.m.
February 07, 2004
Dan Oppland scored 23 points and Oumar Sylla added 14 as Valpo (11-10, 8-4) used a strong second-half surge to defeat Chicago State 79-68.
February 05, 2004
Dan Oppland scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but Valpo lost to Centenary 78-73.

February 03, 2004
Carrying the momentum of a six-game win streak, first-place Valpo (10-9, 7-3 Mid-Con) travels to Shreveport, Louisiana to oppose Centenary (11-8, 5-3) on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
January 31, 2004
Dan Oppland scored eight of his 22 points in overtime as Valpo defeated Western Illinois 81-79. The Crusaders (10-9, 7-3 Mid-Con) moved into first place in the Mid-Continent Conference by a half game over Oral Roberts (6-3) and IUPUI (6-3). The victory was the sixth straight for Valpo.

January 30, 2004
Riding a five-game win streak, Valpo (9-9, 6-3 Mid-Con) begins a three-game road stretch by traveling to Western Illinois (3-17, 1-7) for an 8 p.m. Saturday matchup.
January 29, 2004
Valpo seniors Roberto Nieves and Kikas Gomes each made a 3-pointer down the stretch to halt a furious Oakland comeback as the Crusaders held on to defeat the Golden Grizzlies 77-72. The win, which ran Valpo's current win streak to five, extended the Crusaders' all-time record against Oakland to 12-0.
January 28, 2004
On Thursday, Valpo (8-9, 5-3 Mid-Con) takes a four-game winning streak against Oakland (8-12, 2-6). The game concludes a four-game homestand for the Crusaders.
January 23, 2004
Valpo, which continues to crawl up the Mid-Con standings after winning three straight games, hosts Southern Utah on Saturday in a special 3 p.m. matinee.

January 22, 2004
Dan Oppland led four Valpo players in double figures with 16 points as the Crusaders defeated Centenary 77-66 for their third straight victory.
January 21, 2004
Valpo (6-9, 3-3 Mid-Con) enters Thursday's game against Centenary riding a two-game win streak.
January 17, 2004
Jimmie Miles led four Crusaders in double figures with 17 points as Valpo defeated Western Illinois 73-57.
January 14, 2004
On Thursday in Indianapolis, Valpo will play its second game against IUPUI in a 10-day period.
January 10, 2004
Ali Berdiel scored a career-high 28 points and dished out eight assists, and Kikas Gomes tallied a career-best 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but Valpo lost in overtime 87-81 to Oral Roberts.
January 08, 2004
Valpo's last-second shot missed at the buzzer as the Crusaders lost to UMKC 60-59 in a Mid-Continent Conference game.
January 06, 2004
A challenging early Mid-Con schedule continues on Thursday for Valpo as the Crusaders travel to play at UMKC beginning at 7 p.m.
January 05, 2004
Five IUPUI players scored in double figures as the Jaguars defeated Valpo 79-67 in the Crusaders' Mid-Con home opener.
January 03, 2004
Dan Oppland scored a career-high 23 points and Ali Berdiel netted a career-best 20 as Valpo defeated Oakland 79-76 in the Mid-Continent Conference opener.
January 02, 2004
Valpo opens the Mid-Continent Conference season on Saturday at Oakland beginning at 5 p.m. CST.
December 30, 2003
Four Crusaders tallied double figures as Valpo (3-6) defeated Liberty 72-54 to capture the Fiesta Bowl Classic Consolation Championship.
December 28, 2003
Kikas Gomes scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but Valpo (2-6) was defeated by Louisiana-Lafayette 95-71 in the opening round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
December 23, 2003
After final exams and a 15-day break from game competition, Valpo (2-5) will head west to play in the University of Arizona's Fiesta Bowl Classic Dec. 28, 30. The Crusaders oppose Louisiana-Lafayette (3-3) in the first game Sunday at 2:45 p.m. CST (1:45 MST).
December 15, 2003
Valparaiso University's Joaquim "Kikas" Gomes was named Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

December 13, 2003
Four Valpo players scored in double-figures, but the Crusaders lost to Loyola 76-69 to conclude a five-game homestand. Kikas Gomes led Valpo with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Dan Oppland added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
December 12, 2003
Valpo entertains Loyola on Saturday in a 2:05 p.m. matinee to conclude a five-game homestand.
December 09, 2003
The Crusaders face a challenging task Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. as they host Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the fourth of a five-game homestand.
December 08, 2003
Kikas Gomes had game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Dan Oppland added 16 points to lead Valpo (2-3) to a 59-53 victory over Indiana State (2-3).
December 07, 2003
Over the next week, Valpo hopes to take advantage of three straight home games. The Crusaders (1-3) host Indiana State (2-2) on Monday before entertaining Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Loyola on Saturday in a special 2:05 p.m. matinee.
December 02, 2003
Jason Maxiell scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help 19th-ranked Cincinnati defeat Valpo 68-49. Kikas Gomes led the Crusaders with 10 points.
December 01, 2003
Following an entire week away from game competition, Valpo (1-2) hosts Cincinnati (3-0) in the second of a five-game homestand.

November 25, 2003
South Florida shot 54 percent in the second half and came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Valpo 64-62. Dan Oppland led the Crusaders (1-2) with 13 points, while Jimmie Miles added 10 off the bench.

November 24, 2003
On Tuesday, Valpo (1-1) plays its home opener, hosting South Florida (1-0) in the first of a five-game homestand.
November 22, 2003
Roberto Nieves led four Crusaders in double-figures with 17 points and Valpo drained 11, 3-pointers in a 75-70 loss to #23-ranked Marquette in the championship game of the Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic.
November 21, 2003
Dan Oppland led Valpo with 18 points as the Crusaders used a second-half surge to defeat Arkansas-Monticello 72-53 in the opening round of the Pepsi Blue & Gold Classic in Milwaukee's Bradley Center. Valpo (1-0) will play host Marquette (2-0) in the championship Saturday at 8 p.m. The Golden Eagles defeated Savannah State 79-41 in the nightcap.
November 19, 2003
Valparaiso University head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced that Jarryd Loyd of Niles West High School in Skokie, Ill. and Aris Williams of Georgetown Preparatory School in Washington D.C. have signed national letters of intent to attend Valpo and play basketball.
November 17, 2003
Roberto Nieves drained two, 3-pointers, Ali Berdiel added another trey, and Dan Oppland and Seth Colclasure made two free throws each in the final 24 seconds as Valpo came back from a nine-point deficit in the final 3:29 to defeat Athletes In Action 79-75 in an exhibition game.

November 13, 2003
Joaquim Gomes recorded a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds as Valpo posted a 91-82 victory over Cap's Basketball Academy All-Stars in an exhibition game.
November 10, 2003
The Valpo men's basketball team tips off its exhibition season on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. by hosting the Cap's Basketball Academy All-Stars.
September 29, 2003
Joaquim "Kikas" Gomes, a member of Valparaiso University's men's basketball team, was recently selected to play in the 2004 Olympics for his native country of Angola.
September 19, 2003
Valparaiso University men's and women's basketball season tickets are on sale through the Valpo Athletics Ticket Office. Season tickets can be purchased by calling Cindy Eaton at (219) 464-5233. Season tickets can be purchased by check (payable to Valparaiso University), Visa/MasterCard or Discover. Orders are due by Sept. 26.

September 11, 2003
Valparaiso University head men's basketball coach Homer Drew announced the addition of Rex Walters as an assistant coach. Walters joins the Valpo staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Emporia (Kan.) State University during the 2003 year.
September 05, 2003
A home game against Cincinnati on Dec. 2 and a road contest against Duke on Feb. 26 highlight Valparaiso University's 2003-04 Men's Basketball Schedule. The Crusaders, defending Mid-Continent Conference regular season champions, will play five consecutive non-conference home games against South Florida (Nov. 25), Cincinnati, Indiana State (Dec. 8), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Dec. 10) and Loyola (Dec. 13).
August 22, 2003
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics William Steinbrecher announced that Homer Drew, the winningest coach in Valpo history, is returning as head men's basketball coach. Homer is succeeding his son Scott who resigned to become the head men's basketball coach at Baylor University.
August 22, 2003
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics William Steinbrecher announced that Scott Drew has resigned as head men's basketball coach to become the head men's basketball coach at Baylor University.
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