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Valpo Falls In Final Minute To Western Illinois

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Macomb, Ill. - Hot-shooting was the theme for both teams, but Western Illinois used 26 made free throws to defeat Valpo 83-79. Dan Oppland scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Crusaders (7-11, 3-3 Mid-Con).

Shawn Huff added a career-high 14 points, which included four, 3-point baskets. Kenny Harris tallied 12 points and five rebounds, and Seth Colclasure scored 10 points. Ron Howard dished out a career-high 11 assists. Eulis Baez topped the Leathernecks with 26 points and seven rebounds. David Jackson added 16 points, including 5-of-6 free throws in the final 34 seconds.

Valpo, which shot 58 percent overall (28-48), nearly overcame an 11-point second-half deficit with a final minute flurry. Huff's 3-pointer with 37 seconds left pulled Valpo within 77-76. After Jackson made one of two free throws with 34 seconds left to give WIU a 78-76 lead, Valpo had two possessions to tie or take the lead. However, the possessions ended with a missed shot and a turnover.

The nation's leader in 3-point shooting percentage (43.4), Valpo made its comeback with its shooting prowess from beyond the arc. Colclasure made a trey to cut a six-point deficit in half with 1:34 remaining. After WIU's Baez and Valpo's Howard exchanged a two-point sequence, Will Lewis split a pair of free throws with 46 seconds left to extend the Leathernecks' lead to 77-73. Huff's 3-pointer following a nice fake pulled Valpo within one (77-76) - the closest the Crusaders had been to WIU since the 3:35 mark in the first half.

The free throw line proved to be the difference for WIU as it converted 26-of-37 charity tosses (70 percent) to Valpo's 14-of-17 (82 percent). The Leathernecks also outrebounded Valpo 28-23.

Valpo hosts Oakland on Monday beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT.

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler