B Page -- Dec. 21, 2010

MAC Basketball Today

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Cleveland State at Ohio, 2 pm
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Coming off a big win its last time out, Ohio returns once more to the friendly confines of the Convocation Center as it wraps up its pre-Christmas homestand by playing host to in-state foe Cleveland State Tuesday at 2 p.m. Tenishia Benson registered a double-double with a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds while also adding four steals and a pair of assists as Ohio held off a pesky Presbyterian squad, 63-57, Sunday in the Convo.

 Tina Fisher chipped in a career-best 10 points and three rebounds, including two critical buckets down the stretch to seal the win. Defense played a key role for the Green and White as it held Presbyterian to just four points during a span of 10:12 over the last part of the first half to spur a big Bobcat run. Ohio picked up 15 steals in the game while forcing the Blue Hose into 23 turnovers, which resulted in 20 Green and White points. The `Cats also won the battle on the boards for the third consecutive game, outrebounding Presbyterian 36-33.

 CSU comes into the game averaging 65.0 ppg. on 41.4 percent shooting from the field. Defensively, the Vikings have been solid, holding the opposition to just 59.2 ppg. on 35.8 percent shooting while forcing over 21 turnovers and grabbing just under 11 steals a contest.

 Four Vikings are averaging double figures, led by sophomore forward Shalonda Winton at 14.2 ppg. and 8.9 rpg. Junior guard Janelle Adams is averaging 12.9 ppg. to go with 5.6 rpg., while senior Shawnita Garland is averaging an impressive line of 11.1 pts., 5.9 rebs. and 4.5 apg. to go with 3.1 spg. Destinee Blue is the team's other double-digit scorer at 10.0 ppg.

Canisius at Bowling Green, 7 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, riding a 10-game winning streak, returns home to play one final game before the holidays. 

The Falcons will enter the Canisius game with a record of 10-1. BGSU is 6-0 at home, 3-1 on the road and 1-0 in neutral-site games to dat. the Falcons' 19-game win streak at Anderson Arena was tied for the ninth-longest current homecourt winning streak in the nation, as of the latest NCAA rankings (Monday, Dec. 13. BG received eight votes in last Monday's (Dec. 13) Associated Press poll and seven votes in Tuesday's USA Today ESPN Coaches poll, and the Falcons are ranked second in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.

 Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.6 rebounds per contest. Prochaska has scored 20 or more points in seven games this year, including a season-high 31-point performance in the win over Vanderbilt. Classmate Tracy Pontius has 13.4 ppg to date.

 Canisius will enter Anderson Arena with an overall record of 3-6 on the year. The Golden Griffins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66-58 win at Cornell on Sunday (Dec. 19). Freshman guard Jen Morabito had a career-high 24 points in that win. CC is 1-3 at home and 2-3 on the road to date. The Golden Griffins have faced three MAC schools so far in 2010-11, with home losses to Kent State (54-60; Nov. 12) and Buffalo (50-79; Dec. 1) and a road setback against Eastern Michigan (40-76; Dec. 11).

Miami at Massachusetts, 7 pm
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Miami looks to complete a perfect trip to the state of Massachusetts, along with earning its seventh straight victory when it takes on the UMass Minutewomen Tuesday at 7 p.m. The win against Northeastern Sunday was the 200th in head coach Maria Fantanarosa's 14-year coaching career. It includes seven wins during her one season in charge of Western Carolina. Her overall coaching record is now 200-193.

 Fantanarosa is now only seven wins away from becoming the first women's basketball coach to win 200 games at Miami. Three Redhawks hold double figure scoring averages, led by Courtney Osborn's 18.4 points per-game. Maggie Boyer follows with 12.9 points per-game and Rachael Hencke has contributed 10.6 points per-game. Kristin Olowinski is just shy of double figures with 9.7 points per-game and has corralled an average of 11.1 rebounds per-game, a team best. UMass is 2-9 on the season.

The Minutewomen earned their second victory of the season and broke a three-game losing streak Sunday with a come-from-behind 72-69 win against Wagner. They were down 16 with 14 minutes remaining before making the comeback. Four players average double-figure scoring for Massachusetts, led by senior guard Megan Zullo at 13.3 points per game.

Ball State vs. Nevada Reno, 1 pm
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The Ball State University women's basketball team (4-6) fell (61-56) to Alabama-Birmingham (7-3) Monday afternoon at the Triple Crown Sports Caribbean Classic. Senior forward Emily Maggert recorded her 27th career double-double and fifth of the season after leading all scorers with 18 points and 13 rebounds. 

Freshman Jazmine Hitchens chipped in a season best nine points while teammates Megan Craft and Ty'Ronda Benning each had eight on the day. Maggert with her 18 point performance moved into sixth all-time on Ball State women's basketball all-time scoring list passing former Cardinal Char Thomsen, Maggert now has 1,424 career points.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 12/20/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Robert Lorentzen, Mayfield Heights, 12/3, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Dale Drazil, Northfield, 12/5, Roseland Lanes;

Kurt Albrecht, Middleburg Heights, 12/10, Brookgate Lanes;

Roger Orn, Northfield, 12/14, Roseland Lanes;

Jason Waters, Macedonia, 12/16, Roseland Lanes;

Dale Beran II, Cleveland, 12/17, Buckeye Lanes;

Michael Leahy, Brunswick, 12/17, Yorktown Lanes;



    299 Games

Phillip Sillia Sr., North Olmsted, 12/15, Buckeye Lanes;

William Harrison, Cleveland, 12/16, Twin Lanes;



    298 Games

James Gabrenya, Garfield Heights, 12/14, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    800 Series

Bernard Warren, Parma, 12/14, Cloverleaf Lanes (804);

Phillip Sillia Sr., North Olmsted, 12/15, Buckeye Lanes (856);

Eric Selzer, Brunswick, 12/17, Cloverleaf Lanes (820);

Mount Union Basketball

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The Purple Raiders are listed among the OAC leaders in several categories. The team ranked first in assists per game (16.5), turnover margin (+5.5) and 3-pointers per game (7.5).

Individually, LaMattina has been the conference's best 3-point shooter with a .520 percentage (13 of 25).\

For Muskingum, Hannah Oakley is the leading scorer with 14.2 points per game. Amanda Dobbins is also a key contributer, averaging 10.7 points and 7.4 rebounds.

The Fighting Muskies (4-6, 2-1) are known to take the ball from their opponent as they are making 12.3 steals per game, led by Carissa Bosch (2.80) and Ty Harris (2.75).

Mount Union men's basketball team travels to Musky to rebound from tight loss

December 21, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's men's basketball team goes back on the road and back to Ohio Athletic Conference play when they play at Muskingum tomorrow at 7:30 pm in New Concord.

The Purple Raiders, 3-7 overall and 2-2 OAC, are playing their third game in five days and coming off a heartbreaking 68-65 overtime non-confernece loss LaRoche. 

Mount Union led for most of the contest but went without a field goal over the final eight minutes and the Redhawks drained a 35-footer at the buzzer to rally for the win.

The Raiders suffered their worst shooting night of the season (.373, 22-of-59) but a season-high 43 rebounds and eight steals kept them in the game.

Junior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored 13 of his team-high 18 in the second half and overtime, while fellow forward senior Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead Mount Union.

On the season, Wood tops the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game, while Pellerite is at 13.0 points per game with a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game and 42 assists.

Muskingum is 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the OAC and the Muskies are 2-1 over their last three games that have all been decided by four points or less and two in overtime.  Muskingum edged Ohio Northern 65-64 in overtime, suffered an 81-77 overtime loss to Heidelberg then beat Baldwin-Wallace, 71-68, this past Saturday.

Junior forward Kyle Clinedinst leads the Muskies and is the second in the OAC in scoring (17.5 points per game) and rebounding (9.4 rebounds per game).

The Muskies are the lowest scoring team in the conference (62.9 points per game), but are the top defensive team in the conference allowing just 64.9 points per game.

Mount Union will take an eight-day break for the holidays before returning to action Thursday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 pm hosting Waynesburg (Pa.) in the non-conference finale at The MAAC

Cleveland State men to host S. Florida 


Dec. 21

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State will close out its non-conference schedule this week when the Vikings host South Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 22 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The last game before the hoilday break, it will  be Viking Tacky Sweater Christmas Party night with fans wearing a holiday sweater receiving a $2 discount off tickets and will be eligible for prizes.  Cleveland State enters the week with a 12-1 record after having its 12-game win streak snapped at West Virginia on Saturday.  CSU, who is No. 14 in the most recent RPI and No. 22 in the Sagarine rankings, received just one vote in the Associated Press poll this week (44th place) after ranking in the top 35 last week.  The Vikings did remain in the top spot of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, receiving 23 of the 31 first place votes and 747 total votes.  South Florida is 6-6 on the year after falling at home to James Madison, 66-61, on Saturday.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable as all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team that went 16-17 against one of the most difficult schedules in the country.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (21.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.8 ppg,  4.3 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (10.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.  Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is out until late-December following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (3.9, 2.8) and Josh McCoy (5.5, 3.0), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.7, 6.2) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.5, 3.5) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (2.3, 2.4) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.4, 1.3) and Devon Long (2.4, 1.1) will help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside this year.  Injuries to Brown, freshman Sebastian Douglas (season/knee) and sophomore Anthony Wells (knee), have hurt the bench depth, especially to start the season.  CSU got Wells back into the lineup for the St. Bonaventure win, but he has missed the four subsequent games.

VIKINGS REMAIN ON TOP THE MID-MAJOR POLL:  Despite the loss last week, the Vikings were able to remain in the top spot for the third straight week of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Dec. 20).  The Vikings received 23 of the 31 first place votes and 747 total points to own a 20-point lead second place Old Dominion (727 points).  St. Mary's is third with 681 points followed by Gonzaga in fourth (656) and Wichita State in fifth (637). Butler is 10th with 448 points while Detroit (41) and Loyola (29 points) also received votes.  A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received numerous mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Dec. 20).  Individually, Norris Cole ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring (21.1), 37th in steals (2.2) and 61st in assists (4.8).  As a team, the Vikings were in the top 60 in seven categories, ranking 10th in won-loss percentage (.923), 38th in scoring defense (60.2), 43rd in field goal defense (.384), 47th in three-point field goal defense (.296), 48th in scoring margin (+12.8), 50th in turnover margin (+3.2) and 58th in turnovers (12.5).

THE COMPUTERS LIKE CSU:  Although it is very early in the season, the fast start by the Vikings has helped CSU in the various computer rankings.  The only team in the nation with 12 wins this season, Cleveland State is ranked 14th in the latest RPI (through Monday) and 24th in the most recent Sagarin ratings.

COLE NAMED A CANDIDATE FOR THE BOB COUSY AWARD:  Norris Cole's early season success has caught the attention of at least one major basketball award as he was named on Dec. 20 as a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

COLE CLOSES IN ON 1,500 POINTS:  Senior Norris Cole enters the week needing 28 points to become the eighth player in CSU history to score 1,500 points in a career.  He will become the first Viking to accomplish the feat since J'Nathan Bullock (1,800 points) did it two years ago and he will be only the third in the last decade to surpass the total (Theo Dixon, 1,572 from 1997-02).

THE TREY TRIO:  The Vikings have achieved a statistical first this season as the Jeremy Montgomery (114 three-pointers), Norris Cole (104) and Trevon Harmon (104) are the first active trio in school history to play together on the same team after each has made 100 career three-pointers.

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK:  The win over West Virginia Tech on Dec. 7 allowed the Vikings to win at least one game this year on every day of the week.  The Vikings are 4-0 when playing on Saturdays this season while also having two wins on both Monday and Friday.  CSU has at least 19 games remaining, nine of which will come on a Saturday, five on Thursday and at least one game on every other day of the week, except Tuesday.  The Horizon League Championship game is slated for March 8th. . . a Tuesday.

DEFENSE:  Although aggressive defense has always been one of the core principles of a Gary Waters team, the Vikings have really taken defense to heart this season.  After 13 games, CSU leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (60.2), and field goal defense (.384), ranking 38th and 43rd nationally, respectively, and are second in the league in three-point defense (.296) (47th nationally).  Eight opponents have shot .400 or less from the field and just seven have shot .275 or better from three-point in a game.

VIKINGS CLAIM ONE MORE RECORD:  The win at Sam Houston State last week allowed the Vikings to break the school record of 11 wins before January 1, which was set during the 1992-93 season.  With two games to go before the new year rings in, the Vikings have 12 wins.

COLE MAKES MVP CASE:  Norris Cole has been nothing short of brilliant during the first two months of the season, scoring 19 points or more in 11 of CSU's 13 games to lead the Horizon League with a 21.1 scoring average and make a strong case for Horizon League Player of the Year honors.  More importantly, he has shown his leadership skills on the court by leading the league in assists (4.8) and steals (2.2) while ranking ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio with 63 assists and just 38 turnovers (1.66).  He has six 20-point games this year, giving him 25 in his career, to raise his CSU career scoring total to 1,472 points to move into seventh place on the CSU chart.  Cole needs 101 more points to pass Theo Dixon (1,572 from 1997-02) for sixth place.

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER:  The win over Robert Morris on Nov 29 capped a perfect November for the Vikings as CSU won all eight games in the month, marking the first undefeated month (of more than two games) since the Vikings went 8-0 during February of 1986 as part of a 29-4 year.  For the record, the Vikings have been undefeated in November in 13 seasons before, going 2-0 on six occasions and 1-0 seven additional times.

A RECORD-BREAKING START:  The Vikings opened the 2010-11 season with a 12-game win streak that tripled the previous record for consceutive victories to start a season.  Prior to this season, the most wins that Cleveland State strung together to open a season came in both 1963-64 and 1985-86 when the Vikings started out with four straight wins.  The 1985-86 team went on to set a school record with a 29-4 record, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship.  The fast start was the high point of the year for the 1963-64 squad as the team went on to finish 10-9.  The 12 victories was the third longest win streak in school history and the longest since the 1992-93 squad matched a school record with 14 straight wins.  CSU also won 14 straight in 1985-86 and 12 games in 1986-87.

IRON MAN COLE:  Senior Norris Cole has been a fixture in the lineup during his Viking career, playing in all 117 games in his four seasons.  He ranks eighth all-time in games played, sixth in consecutive games played (117) and fourth in consecutive games started (83).  Cole, who has recorded back-to-back 1,000 minute seasons, has played 3,267 career minutes to rank seventh all-time, needing 596 to break J'Nathan Bullock's school record of 3,872 minutes.  Cole can also topple Bullock's records for career games played (130) and consecutive games played (130).

LONG DISTANCE SHOOTING:  After shooting just .288 from three-point and making seven or less treys (5.3 avg.) over the first eight games of the year, the Vikings have broken out of their long-range shooting slump over the past five games, averaging 10.4 treys and shooting .495 from beyond the arc (52-105) during that span.  CSU opened the stretch by making 10 of its 14 three-point attempts (.714) at Green Bay on Dec. 2, the third-highest single game percentage in school history.  The Vikings came back to tie a school record with 14 treys at Milwaukee, shooting .636 (14-22), and made 11 treys against West Virginia Tech, 10 at Sam Houston State and seven vs. West Virginia. The performance allowed the Vikings to move from 10th to second in the league in three-point shooting (94-251, .375).

POGUE'S PLAY PICKS UP:  Gary Waters spoke all preseason about the improvement that junior center Aaron Pogue has shown in all phases of the game, but it wasn't until the season started that Viking fans had a chance to see it for themselves.  Pogue, who averaged 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.2 minutes last year, has improved his numbers to 7.7 points and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds (8th in the league), shooting .493 from the field (37-75) with six steals and seven blocks this year.  He scored a season high 14 points with six rebounds at West Virginia on Dec. 18 and averaged 9.7 points and 6.3 rebounds to earn a spot on the World Vision Classic all-tournament team.  More importantly, he has improved his defensive play inside while looking more comfortable offensively with the ball in his hands.

WOODS PROVIDES BENCH SPARK:  The Vikings have received a spark off the bench this year from sophomore Charlie Woods, who has helped CSU overcome the loss of D'Aundray Brown.  Woods is averaging 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds a game with a team-high 13 blocks (7th in the league).  He is shooting .419 from the field (18-43) and 10-for-26 from three-point (.385).  Woods tallied 10 points in 16 minutes against Bryant on Nov. 12.  He excelled in the trip to Wisconsin, averaging 9.5 points in the two games, shooting .667 from the field (6-9) and .571 from three-point (4-7).  His averages do not include a 10 point, nine rebound effort in 26 minutes in the exhibition win over Baldwin-Wallace.

FREE THROWS:  The Vikings set a school record by shooting .749 from the foul line last year, but it wasn't until the Iona game this year that they looked anything like their past selves at the line when they went 22-for-23 (.957), the fifth-highest single game percentage in school history.  It was a far cry better than the five-for-14 (.357) effort in the exhibition win over Baldwin-Wallace and the 13-for-19 (.684) in the opener against Bryant.  For the year, CSU ranks fourth in the league, shooting .719 from the stripe (220-306).

. . . AND FOUL SUCCESS DURING CRUNCH TIME:  CSU continues to perform well from the foul line in the last five minutes of games, shooting .810 as a team (68-84) this year.  Norris Cole leads the way by making 42 of his 44 free throws down the stretch (.955), including a six-for-six effort in the three-point win over Kent State, a five-for-five showing at Akron and by making all eight attempts in the five-point win at Louisiana.  On Dec. 2, he was 11-for-12 at Green Bay.  Success down the stretch is nothing new as CSU shot .826 last year (147-178) with Tim Kamczyc (9-10, .900), Norris Cole (56-63, .889), Trevon Harmon (19-22, .855), Jeremy Montgomery (21-25, .840) and D'Aundray Brown (17-21, .810) each shooting better than 80-percent.

THE REAL McCOY:  The 2009-10 season was a frustrating one for sophomore Josh McCoy, who was sidelined with a hip injury after playing just 30 minutes in five games.  He has rebounded well however, providing the Vikings with a spark off the bench by averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15.5 minutes a game, shooting .553 from the field (21-38), .524 from three-point (11-21) and .826 from the line (19-23).  He scored a career-high 14 points in the win over West Virginia Tech on Dec. 7 and came back to add 10 points at Sam Houston State on Dec. 11.

A DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR TREY:  The most unusual double-double in recent memory for the Vikings came on Nov. 15 when Trey Harmon scored 16 points and grabbed a career high 10 rebounds in the win over Iona. Scoring has never been a problem for Harmon, who has 619 points in 68 career games (9.1 ppg) but the rebounding effort shows how hard the junior is working this year.  The 10 rebounds shattered his previous career high of six, which was set at Valparaiso and at Loyola last season.

. . . IT STARTED A REBOUNDING TREND FOR HARMON:  The 10 rebounds for Trey Harmon against Iona was just one of a handful of strong rebounding efforts this year by the Viking junior.  Through 13 games, Harmon is averaging 4.3 rebounds a game to rank third on the team behind Norris Cole and Aaron Pogue. He has had four games of six rebounds or more, adding seven vs. Kent State and six vs. Urbana and West Virginia Tech.

SUCCESS 401:  The fifth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Winning With People, by John Maxwell as the course text, marking the third time in five years that a Maxwell text has been used as the text book.  Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life.  Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success.  Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08, turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09 and returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text.  The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players over the summer and preseason months.

GETTING THE THIRD DEGREE:  Usually when you get the third degree about your performance in the classroom, it isn't a good thing.  But for Viking junior Joe Latas, it is a compliment as the Viking center has already earned undergraduate degrees in both communications and religious studies and is currently finishing up the requirements for a degree in philosophy as well.

VIKINGS ADD FIVE DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD:  Head coach Gary Waters received an early Christmas present on Nov. 11 when he announced the signing of five high school student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend CSU and play basketball starting in the fall of 2011.  The signees include:

Tremain Brown (Warren, OH/Warren G. Harding) (6-5, 185, wing): Averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 rebounds as a junior, helping team to a 23-3 record.
Anton Grady (Cleveland, OH/Central Catholic) (6-8, 215, F):  Fourth best prospect in Ohio by ESPN.com after averaging 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a junior (11.6, 12.1 & 8.2 as a soph.)
Charles Lee (Milwaukee, WI/Huntington Prep) (5-9, 160, PG):  Third team all-region pick as a junior after averaging 11.5 points and 5.4 assists.
Marlin Mason (Detroit, MI/Cass Tech) (6-6, 210, F):  Preseason all-league choice who averaged 11.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a junior.
Ike Nwamu (Greensboro, NC/Westchester Country Day) (6-3, 195, G): Two-time all-conference pick who averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals as a junior.