Valparaiso 80

(4-2, 3-2 away)

Charlotte 77

(5-4, 2-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 10, 2005

    Halton Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    VALP 40 4080
    CHAR 31 4677

    Top Performers

    Valparaiso: S. Colclasure 24 Pts, 5 Reb

    Charlotte: D. Alexander 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Valparaiso 80, Charlotte 77

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Seth Colclasure scored a team-high 24 points and hit all four of his 3-pointers to lead Valparaiso past Charlotte 80-77 on Saturday.

    Dan Oppland scored 19 and Mohamed Kone added 14 for the Crusaders (4-2), who remain a perfect 4-0 on the 49ers' home court. The win snapped a two-game losing streak.

    Valparaiso twice led by as many as 15, the last time going up 54-39 with 15:39 remaining.

    Charlotte (5-4), which ended a four-game winning streak, fought back with a 12-0 run to trim the deficit to three with 9:39 to go.

    The 49ers twice managed to take the lead late in the game, the final time going up 67-65 with 5:18 to play on a 3-pointer by De'Angelo Alexander, who finished with a career high 32 points.

    Valparaiso closed the game outscoring Charlotte 15-10, connecting on all eight of its free throws.

    "Seth is very secure with the basketball," said Valparaiso coach Homer Drew. "He has a great IQ for basketball. What he doesn't have in speed and jumping ability, he makes up with the intelligence factor."

    Charlotte got off to a quick start in the first half, running out to a 14-5 lead before the five-minute mark.

    The Crusaders roared back, outscoring the 49ers 32-8 over the next 11:37 to take a 37-22 lead with 3:10 remaining in the half. Oppland and Colclasure each scored seven during Valparaiso's run.

    The 49ers, which had 12 turnovers in the half, answered with three consecutive 3-pointers to trail 40-31 at halftime.

    "We need to execute better, defensively especially," said Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz. "We had made such strides but tonight we didn't have it.

    "When we stopped scoring, we didn't execute defensively and missed assignments. You're going to give up baskets, but we gave up 22 points in the paint in the first half. We can't do that."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 77
    FG Made-Attempted 30-60 (.500) 29-60 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-18 (.444) 13-23 (.565)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-12 (1.000) 6-11 (.545)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 4

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