Valparaiso 75, Longwood 68

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

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.