Valpo Too Tough For Gents in 89-74 Loss
Thursday, December 29, 2005


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CC-Valpo Box Score 12-29-05


Larry Logan

Alexander Starr

Bryan Baumann

SHREVEPORT—Valparaiso’s full contact style of play proved to be too much of an adjustment for the Gents as the Crusaders bested Centenary on its home court 89-74 on Thursday night. Larry Logan and Alexander Starr combined to score 41 points for the Maroon and White, but Dan Oppland and Seth Colclasure provided enough punch to seal the victory for Valpo. 

 

Centenary (2-8, 0-1 Mid-Con) hung with the Crusaders, who were picked second in the Mid-Con preseason poll, in the early going. The Gents held a 27-24 lead with 6:54 remaining in the opening half before Valpo scored seven consecutive points fueled by three Centenary turnovers. The Crusaders held off the home team the rest of the half and took a 41-35 advantage into the break.

 

Valparaiso (6-4, 1-1 Mid-Con) turned up the defensive intensity in the first minutes of the second half and extended the Gents deficit to 21 points at 67-46. Centenary used a 20-7 run behind six points from Starr and Logan each to close within 12 points but that would be as close as it would get.

 

Oppland dropped in 22 points to lead the Brown and Gold and hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. Colclasure showed off his sharp-shooting by draining 5-of-6 three-pointers and 6-of-8 shots overall to finish with 17 points off the bench. Ron Howard rounded out the top scorers for Valpo with 12 points.

 

Logan pumped in a career-high 22 points to match Oppland’s effort and pulled down a team-high seven boards in 36 minutes of action. Starr tied his career-best with 19 points while Bryan Baumann added nine points in the loss for the Gents.

 

Centenary will host the University of Houston in the Gold Dome on January 3rd for the final game of its current two-game homestand. Tip time for that contest is scheduled for 7 pm.