Scores

Final

W Illinois 51

(4-8, 0-1 Summit)

Valparaiso 54

(5-8, 1-0 Horizon)

    8:05 PM ET, January 4, 2005

    Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, Indiana

    1 2 T
    WIU 23 2851
    VALP 25 2954

    Top Performers

    Western Illinois: E. Baez 22 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Valparaiso: S. Colclasure 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Valparaiso 54, Western Illinois 51

    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- Dan Oppland scored 13 points, including two free throws with 11 seconds left, and Valparaiso beat Western Illinois 54-51 on Tuesday night in the Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams.

    Western Illinois (4-8) trailed 52-42 with 2:43 remaining and scored nine straight points on a dunk by Eulis Baez, two free throws by Fred Oguns, a 3-pointer by Troy Okeson and layup by Oguns to get within one with 20 seconds remaining.

    Baez, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds, fouled Oppland, with 11 seconds remaining. After a timeout by Valparaiso (5-8), Okeson missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game. Nathan Koster rebounded for Western and threw up his own 3-point attempt, but it missed.

    Shawn Huff added 12 points for Valparaiso.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WIU
    VALP
    Points 51 54
    FG Made-Attempted 20-50 (.400) 20-53 (.377)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-16 (.313) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-12 (.500) 7-11 (.636)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 14

    2004-05 Season

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    » Jan 4, 2005 @VALP 54, WIU 51Recap
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