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Valpo Opens Season with Road Win

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) had a decisive late basket, game-clinching steal, and scored 26 points to lead Valpo to a 74-68 win over IPFW Wednesday night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind.

With the score 65-64 Valpo with three minutes to go, Oppland put back a Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Saltre) miss in the lane and finished the three-point play to put the Crusaders up four. They were still up four with 48 seconds left when DeWitt Scott scored his 26th points of the game to pull the Mastodons within two at 70-68, setting up Oppland's decisive bucket with 28 seconds left. His steal on the next Mastodon possession was his third of the night, a career-high. Kone, playing his first collegiate game, recorded his first double-double, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds, five on the offensive end.

Valpo finished the night shooting 43.5% from the floor, but made only 3-of-15 shots from three-point range. The Crusaders were out-rebounded by the Mastodons 45-44, and gave up 17 offensive boards. Valpo also committed 17 turnovers, but forced 19 giveaways from IPFW, and turned them into 27 points.

Oppland got the Crusaders started fast, scoring 13 of Valpo's first 17 points as the Brown and Gold opened up a 17-5 lead five minutes in. The lead remained in double-figures much of the half, until a 12-2 Mastodon run to close the stanza had IPFW within three at 39-36. Oppland finished the first half with 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Scott led the Mastodons with 15 first half points.

IPFW took the lead early in the second half, scoring the first four points and jumping in front for the first time all night on a Kyle Savely jumper. The two teams stayed close through the first eight minutes of the half until an 11-1 IPFW run put the Mastodons up 57-52 with nine minutes left. The Crusaders would quickly take the lead back, however, when sophomore guard Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) book-ended a 10-0 Valpo spurt with a pair of three-pointers. Loyd finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) had four points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench for the Brown and Gold and Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) chipped in nine points and three steals. IPFW (1-2) was led by Scott's big night, but also got a double-double from Brad Pompey, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Valpo (1-0) returns to action Monday at the Athletics-Recreation Center when they take on Indiana-South Bend at 7:05 p.m. That game will be carried live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and can be heard online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

box score
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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