Valparaiso 79

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Tulane 72

(1-3, 1-2 home)

    6:45 PM ET, December 2, 2005

    Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

    1 2 T
    VALP 32 4779
    TULN 24 4872

    Top Performers

    Valparaiso: D. Oppland 22 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Tulane: Q. Davis 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Valparaiso 79, Tulane 72

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Dan Oppland scored 22 points and Valparaiso held off a second half rally to beat Tulane 79-72 Friday night in the first round of the Hawkeye Challenge tournament.

    Valparaiso (3-0) led by as many as 22 points early in the second half, but Tulane, fueled by a pesky full-court press, rallied within seven points with 4:24 remaining.

    Down by 18 points with just under eight minutes to go, Green Wave forward Donnie Stith sank a short jumper, beginning a 17-4 run over a 2½-minute span.

    But the Crusaders' clutch free throw shooting in the final five minutes kept the Tulane comeback in check. Valparaiso made 15-of-18 free-throw attempts during that stretch, including 5-of-6 from Oppland.

    The Crusaders also got 18 points from Ron Howard and 13 from Mohamed Kone. Valparaiso shot 40 percent in the game, 74 percent from the free-throw line and forced 22 Green Wave turnovers, including 14 in the first half.

    Quincy Davis led Tulane (1-3) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew Garcia scored 14 points, including six points in the final 2½ minutes, and Stith added 12 before fouling out at the 2:10 mark.

    The Green Wave were their own worst enemy early in the second half, committing a flurry of turnovers and taking nearly five minutes to score its first field goal.

    The Crusaders seemed in control, and Howard's free throw at the 11:16 mark put Valparaiso up 50-28.

    The Green Wave shot 43 percent, but hit just 2-of-14 3-point attempts and 60 percent from the free-throw line.

    Valparaiso advances to the championship game against the winner of the second game Friday between Fairfield and tournament host, No. 14 Iowa.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 72
    FG Made-Attempted 21-52 (.404) 26-60 (.433)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-21 (.286) 2-14 (.143)
    FT Made-Attempted 31-42 (.738) 18-30 (.600)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 22 4

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