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Poor Shooting Dooms Valpo at Marquette

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The cold-shooting Crusaders hung tough with Marquette but came up short in the end, falling 69-54 Wednesday night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

Valpo shot a meager 35.1% from the field, making only 20-of-57 field goal attempts. The results from three-point range were even worse, where the Crusaders hit just 6-of-23 shots. The Golden Eagles did not shoot much better, particularly in the second half, when they made only 11-of-29 shots.

The margin was ten for most of the second half, with Marquette struggling to put the Crusaders away, and Valpo unable to put together a run of their own to close the gap. The two teams sat at a 49-39 stalemate for more than four minutes midway through the period, before the Golden Eagles iced the game with a 7-2 run.

Marquette transfer Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), led the Crusader offense with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Howard spent one season at Marquette before transferring to Valpo following the 2001-02 season. Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Saltre) put together arguably his most impressive game of the season, making 5-of-8 shots and finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds to go along with four more blocked shots. The senior has blocked a Mid-Con best 17 shots through the first five games of the year.

Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) was the only other Crusader in double-figures, scoring 10 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Oppland was not immune to Valpo's shooting struggles, making 4-of-13 field goals, 1-of-5 three-pointers and only 1-of-3 foul shots. The senior was held below twenty points for the first time since February 19, a span of nine games. Ali Berdiel (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Andrean) made his first start of the season, and responded with nine points and seven assists.

Valpo burst out to a quick 12-3 lead, getting three-pointers from Oppland and Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne), and four quick points from Kone. But the hosts would respond quickly, scoring 10 unanswered to take a one-point lead, and Marquette blew the lead up to 42-29 lead at the intermission. The Golden Eagles shot 46.4% in the first 20 minutes, going 5-of-11 from three-point range and knocking down 11-of-12 free throws, while the Crusaders shot just 35.5%.

The Crusader starting five of Oppland, Huff, Berdiel, Kone and Howard scored all 54 of Valpo's points, as the Brown and Gold reserves combined to shoot 0-of-11 from the floor.

Valpo committed 15 turnovers on the night and forced only 12 Marquette miscues. The Crusaders did out-rebound the Golden Eagles, 37-35. The loss was Valpo's 20th in 25 all-time meetings with Marquette, and third straight in the series.

Marquette (6-2) was led by freshman Dominic James' 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Fellow freshman Jerel McNeal poured in 12 points for the Golden Eagles.

The Brown and Gold (3-2) will try to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday when they venture to North Carolina to take on Charlotte at 6:00 p.m. CST. That game can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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. 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