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Valpo Challenges Cincinnati; Crusaders Fall In Season Opener

Friday, November 19, 2004

Cincinnati, Ohio ? Valpo played Cincinnati point-for-point for 35 minutes before falling to the Bearcats 88-70 in the season opener. Ron Howard led the Crusaders with 17 points, while Dan Oppland added 14 and Jimmie Miles had 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Cincinnati was led by Jason Maxiell and Eric Hicks with 18 points each. Jihad Muhammad added 17 points, while James White scored 10 ? all in the second half.

Valpo took a 59-58 lead on Miles' 3-pointer with 10 minutes remaining. The Bearcats, who went on an 8-0 run, were ignited by consecutive baskets by Maxiell to take a 66-59 lead with just under eight minutes left. Shawn Huff's 3-pointer cut the Crusaders' deficit to 66-62 before UC went on a 5-0 run.

White's trey put Cincinnati ahead by nine (71-62) until Ali Berdiel made two free throws and Howard hit a 12-foot jumper to pull Valpo within five (71-66) with 5:04 remaining.

Berdiel, Valpo's senior point guard, was whistled for his fifth foul with 4:50 remaining with the Bearcats leading by five. Cincinnati, bolstered by 3-pointers from White and Kirkland, put together a 17-4 run to finish the game. White scored seven during the stretch.

Miles had a solid second half, scoring all 13 of his points, including converting all five of his free throws in the final 20 minutes. Howard was consistent in both halves, netting nine points in the first and eight after intermission.

The Crusaders came back from a 13-point deficit with 7:36 left in the first half by engineering a 21-9 run to trail by one (38-37) at halftime. Seven straight points (including two 3-pointers) by Oppland trimmed the deficit to five (29-24) with 5:52 left. Following a layup by UC, Howard, Berdiel and Seth Colclasure each scored two points to cut the Bearcat lead to 31-30 at the 4:50 mark.

Maxiell tallied four points and Hicks added three to give UC a six-point advantage before Berdiel swished a trey and Huff made two charity tosses with two seconds left to bring Valpo within one heading into the lockerroom.

In the second half, Howard and Oppland made consecutive layups to put Valpo in front by three (41-38) with 19:13 left. Cincinnati took the lead back (43-41) on a Maxiell dunk before Miles made a conventional three-point play and Howard added a free throw to push Valpo ahead by two. The Bearcats grabbed as much as a five-point lead (56-51) when Huff drained a 3-pointer and Miles added two free throws to tie the game at 56-56 with 10:56 left. A layup by Hicks gave UC a short lead until Miles netted his trey from the corner to give Valpo its last lead.

Valpo finished shooting 38 percent overall, including 44 percent from 3-point range (8-18). Cincinnati shot 45 percent overall, including 38 percent (8-21) from beyond the arc. The Crusaders were outstanding at the free throw line, making 16 of 19 (84 percent) to the Bearcats' 22 of 31 (71 percent). Valpo outrebounded UC 42-39 as Oppland snagged six and Moussa Mbaye grabbed five.

Kenny Harris scored nine points ? all in the first half, while Huff, a freshman, added eight points. Berdiel dished out a game-high seven assists and Howard added two steals.

Valpo travels to Central Michigan to play the Chippewas on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET).


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. #21/21 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