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Oral Roberts Uses Strong Second Half to Defeat Valpo

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Tulsa, Okla. - Oral Roberts outscored Valpo 44-25 in the second half and went on to defeat the Crusaders 79-65. Dan Oppland led Valpo (15-14, 10-5) with 22 points.

Jarryd Loyd was the other Crusader player in double figures with 10 points. Moussa Mbaye led Valpo with nine rebounds.

Ken Tutt led ORU (22-6, 12-3 Mid-Con) with 27 points, while Caleb Green added 16. The Golden Eagles clinched a share of the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title as a result of their win and UMKC's loss at Southern Utah.

Valpo played a productive first half, leading 40-35 at halftime. Bolstered by four, 3-point baskets, the Crusaders led by 10 points on two occassions - the last (29-19) with 7:51 remaining. Oppland topped Valpo with 11 first-half points, while Loyd added seven. The Crusaders made 52 percent of their field goal attempts (15-29) in the first 20 minutes.

ORU, which has never lost at home to Valpo, began the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 48-42 lead with 14:21 left. Green scored six and Tutt added four during the stretch.

Five free throws by Oppland, a 3-pointer by Loyd and Ron Howard's jumper gave Valpo a 52-51 advantage at the 11:10 mark.

The Golden Eagles responded with consecutive 3-pointers by Tutt and Luke Spencer-Gardner to help ORU regain a 57-52 lead with 10:04 left.

ORU and Valpo exchanged points over the next five minutes as the Crusaders trailed by four (66-62) with 5:06 remaining.

Jonathan Bluitt, who scored all nine of his points in the second half, ignited a game-clinching 13-3 run to finish the game. Bluitt scored six points during the decisive run.

ORU held a decided advantage on the boards, outrebounding Valpo 41-26, including 16-10 on the offensive glass. Mickey Michalec (eight points) led the Golden Eagles with 10 rebounds, while Larry Owens (seven points) added eight caroms.

Valpo finished shooting 41 percent overall (22-54) and 71 percent (15-21) from the free throw line. ORU shot 50 percent overall and 62 percent (16-26) from the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles made 7-of-16, 3-pointers, while Valpo made 6-of-17.

Valpo concludes the regular season on Monday at UMKC (15-11, 11-4) beginning at 7 p.m. A win would tie Valpo for second place and clinch the third seed in the Mid-Con Tournament. The game will be televised live on WYIN 56 and will also air on WVUR-FM (95.1), WEFM (95.5) and www.valpo.edu/athletics.

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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
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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
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
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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
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
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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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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
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May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo