2:00 PM ET, December 31, 2004
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Dan Oppland had a game-high 22 points to lead Valparaiso to a 75-68 victory over Longwood in the final round of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic Friday.Oppland had 18 first-half points, on 10-for-10 shooting from the free-throw line, while going 2-for-2 from 3-point range in that session. He also scored 13 consecutive Crusaders points late in the first half, when Valparaiso took a 26-25 lead.Also for Valparaiso (4-8), playing its fourth game in four days, Seth Colclasure scored 16 points, with 14 coming in the second half. Ron Howard scored 10 points, all in the second half.For the game, the Crusaders from the free-throw line were 16-of-17 or 94.1 percent, while the Lancers were 3-of-9 for 33.3 percent in the round-robin tournament game.For Longwood (1-16), which kept the score close the entire game and took a brief 44-41 in the second half, Michael Jefferson led with 22 points and six rebounds. Jefferson was 6-of-16 from 3-point range.Maurice Sumter had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Husein Pistoljevic added 12 points. Longwood jumped to a 23-13 lead, capped by a Jefferson 3-pointer with 7:54 until halftime.But Valparaiso responded with a 17-2 run, which ended on a Williams dunk with 1:53 left in the half. Longwood tied it at 35-35 just before the halftime buzzer on a Brandon Giles 3-pointer from the right arc.The Crusaders took the lead for good in the second half when Ron Howard broke a 46-46 tie with the game's next eight points as their lead went to 60-50, the largest of the game. The Lancers answered with a 9-0 run before Valparaiso pulled away late.
|FG Made-Attempted||27-59 (.458)||24-45 (.533)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-29 (.379)||11-20 (.550)|
|FT Made-Attempted||3-9 (.333)||16-17 (.941)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|
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