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Another Huge Offensive Night Keeps Crusaders Rolling

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Valpo opened the second half on a 27-5 run to blow open a close game and roll past Longwood 105-73 Saturday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Crusaders scored 100 points for the second time this season, and won by 30-plus points for the second consecutive game.

Six Valpo players finished in double-figures scoring, led by Dan Oppland (Saint Louis, Mo./Whitfield) who had 19 points, all in the first half. The senior, celebrating his 22nd birthday, played only 24 minutes in the game, his lowest total since playing 23 against IUSB November 28. Shawn Huff (Helsinki, Finland/Makelanrinne) was next in line, scoring 18 for the second-straight game, matching his career-high. Huff also added a game-high seven rebounds and dished out three assists in 24 minutes off the bench.

The Crusaders scored the first four points of the second half, pushing their lead to 60-45. One minute later it was 62-50 Valpo, and then the floodgates opened, as the Brown and Gold rattled off 21 unanswered points. During the run, the Crusaders forced six turnovers and made 8-of-11 shots. From there Valpo coasted, leading by as much as 37, and watching every player score and see at least seven minutes of action.

In the opening stanza, Valpo jumped ahead 7-2 and did not trail from there on. The Crusaders led by as much as 14, and closed the half ahead by 11, 56-45. Oppland's 19 led all scorers in the first 20 minutes, and Mohamed Kone (Lyon, France/Jean Paul Sartre) had 10 points. Valpo committed only five first half turnovers and out-rebounded the Lancers 21-16.

Kone finished the night with 16 points, a career-high, to go along with five rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. His assist and steal totals also are career-bests for the 6'11" senior, who made 7-of-11 shots from the field, the best shooting night of his Valpo career.

Jarryd Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) joined Huff with a second-straight fine performance, equaling his career-high in points for the second time in as many nights, finishing with 14 of 4-of-7 shooting and a pair of three-pointers. Loyd also had a game-high five assists and only one turnover. Ron Howard (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) bounced back from the only scoreless night of his Crusader career Monday night to finish with 12 points, while freshman Urule Igbavboa (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan) set a career-high with 10 points and two steals.

The Brown and Gold shot 55% from the floor, made 9-of-18 three-pointers and connected on 30-of-40 free throw attempts. In the last three games, all Valpo wins, the Crusaders are averaging 96.3 points, shooting 50% from the floor, have made 30-of-57 three-pointers (52.6%), and are averaging 21.0 assists per game.

In Saturday's win, Valpo out-rebounded Longwood 41-33, and got 21 assists on 33 made baskets. The Crusaders also committed only 13 turnovers and forced 21 from the Lancers. Valpo also had 11 steals, their fourth game this season with at least 10 steals.

Longwood (3-14) shot only 25.6% in the second half, finishing the night shooting 36.5% from the floor and 34.8% from three-point range. Maurice Sumter led the Lancers with 17 points. The 32-point margin was Longwood's most lopsided defeat this year.

The Crusaders (8-4, 2-1 Mid-Con) return to conference action Monday night at 7:35 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center against preseason favorite Oral Roberts. That game will be televised live on WYIN 56 in Merrillville, Ind. and WHME, channel 46 in South Bend, Ind. Live coverage can also be heard on the Valpo Sports Radio Network and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.


box score
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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