A Page -- Dec. 21, 2011


North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt sinks five three

pointers to lead Mount Union to win in 

Daytona Tourney

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the No. 20 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team overwhelmed Bates (Me.) with a 14-2 run to open the second half on its way to a 76-55 win Monday at the Daytona Beach Shootout in Florida. 

Senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) made 7-of-13 shots, including five three-pointers, on her way to a game-high 19 points to lead the Purple Raiders (8-1) to their fourth win in a row.

The other double figure scorers for Mount Union were freshman Aly Daniel (Willard/Willard) who had eight of her season-high 12 points in the second half and junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) who had 10 points.

The Raiders took control of the game on the glass as senior Amanda Rose (Green/Green) had a season-high and game-best 10 rebounds as Mount Union out-rebounded the Bobcats, 55-34.

Taryn O'Connell came off the bench with 12 points as the only double figure scorer for Bates (5-3).

Mount Union, which led 34-26 at halftime, blew the game open with a 14-2 surge to increase the lead to 48-28 with 16 minutes left to play.  The Raiders never looked back as they extended the lead to as many as 30 points before the 21 point win.

Strongsville's Tim Kamczyc scores game-high 

14, but it is not enough as CSU falls for only

the second time this season

TAMPA, Fla. - Tim Kamczyc scored a game-high 14 points and Trey Harmon added 11, but Cleveland State fell for the first time on the road this year, 70-55, to South Florida on Monday night in the St. Times Pete Forum.

CSU, which was playing its first game since a 69-66 win over Akron on Dec. 10, fell to 10-2 overall and lost for the first time on the road (6-1). USF improved to 7-5 overall, including a perfect 7-0 mark at home.

Kamczyc hit 6-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point for his fourth double-digit scoring game in the last five contests.


Anton Grady added 10 points, making all five of his field goal attempts, and grabbed a career-high tying nine rebounds off the bench, while D'Aundray Brown scored nine points with seven rebounds and two steals, moving into ninth place on the all-time steals list at CSU (179).

Charlie Lee handed out a career-high four assists.

"You have to give South Florida a lot of credit," head coach Gary Waters said. "Their length forced us into a lot of bad shots and made us take a lot of three's tonight and we just didn't hit enough of them to stay in the game. By shooting so many three's, we were not able to get to the free throw line all night. We didn't play with the same level of intensity and enthusiasm we normally play with and we'll move forward and learn from this experience." 


The Vikings opened the game by hitting eight of their first 15 shots to take a 19-13 lead with 10:38 left in the half on a steal and breakaway layup by Brown. However, CSU would hit just one field goal the rest of the half, a dunk by Grady off a no-look pass by Kamczyc and would trail 25-21 at the intermission.

The Vikings opened the second half strong, using a Harmon jumper, a three-pointer by Jeremy Montgomery and a free throw by Aaron Pogue to take a 27-25 lead with 17:40 left. But USF answered with eight straight points to take a 33-27 lead with 16:37 left.

A three-pointer by Harmon brought the Vikings back within three at 33-30, but two straight buckets by the Bulls pushed the lead back to eight points (38-30) with 14:38 left.

Kamczyc answered on the other end with a three-pointer to bring CSU within five (38-33) with 14:03 to play, but a 14-5 spurt by USF over the next five minutes allowed the Bulls to take a 52-40 lead with 9:29 on the clock.

The lead would stay double figures the rest of the game.

The Vikings shot .349 (22-63) from the field, while USF hit 23-of-48 (.479), including 13-of-20 (.650) in the second half en route to 45 points.

CSU out-rebounded the Bulls, 37-34, including 18 on the offensive end. USF held a big advantage at the free throw line, making 19-of-22, compared to just 4-of-6 for the Vikings. The Bulls hit 15-of-16 free throws in the second half.

CSU returns to action on Thursday (Dec. 22) when the Vikings host Sam Houston State at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.


  Fight the Power: After playing Power 6 teams 11 times in the last two weeks, Horizon League teams meet Power 6 foes just three times leading up to Christmas. Cleveland State kicks off the matchups by playing at South Florida on Monday (7 p.m., ESPN3).

o    The other two contests will come on Thursday, when Butler travels to Stanford (9 p.m., Fox Sports) and Milwaukee crosses the street to meet #10/10 Marquette at the Bradley Center (9 p.m., ESPN3).

o    Horizon League teams have won four games against Power 6 competition in 2011-12, the most recent coming in Butler’s 67-65 comeback victory over Purdue on Saturday; League members won five such games last year prior to the NCAA Tournament.

·         Quick Starts: Cleveland State has dropped just one game in the last two Novembers and Decembers, going a combined 24-2. The Vikings are receiving votes in the AP Poll, standing at 10-1 this year.

·         Non-Conference: Entering the last full week of non-conference games (with a break for Sears BracketBusters coming in February), the Horizon League holds a 34-44 (.436) record against Division I opponents (against the sixth-toughest schedule). The last time Horizon League teams had a collective record under .500 against DI foes came in the 2006-07 season, when the League went 57-60.

o    Since the 1999-2000 season, the Horizon League is 651-629 (.509) in non-conference games versus Division I competition. 

·         Mylanta Moments: Through the first nine games of Horizon League conference play, five have gone to the final possession and two went to overtime. On Saturday, both Milwaukee and Wright State dodged game-winning attempts by UIC and Youngstown State, respectively. Only two Horizon League contests have been decided by 10 or more points.

o    No team has won the Horizon League title after losing its conference opener dating back to 2001-02.

o    League play will resume on Thursday, Dec. 29.

·         Upcoming Games

o    Horizon League teams can be seen across the nation throughout the week, beginning with Cleveland State’s trip to Tampa, Fla., on Monday to meet South Florida (ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET). ESPN2 will carry Butler’s game at Gonzaga on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET), and ESPN3 will have Milwaukee’s game at #11/11 Marquette on Thursday (9 p.m. ET). Fox Sports Net will televise the Butler-Stanford contest at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.

·         The Week That Was

o    Butler rallied for a last-second win over #-/rv Purdue, beating the Boilermakers, 67-65, on Andrew Smith’s tip-in with 1.0 second remaining. The win was the fourth by Horizon League schools over Power 6 conference members this year.

o    A week after scoring a career-best 31 points, Ben Averkamp followed up the effort with his third career double-double, notching 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Ramblers won their second straight game, 64-49, over Chicago State.

o    Milwaukee rebounded from consecutive losses to hit 15 three-pointers in an 86-50 bludgeoning of Nebraska-Omaha. The 15 threes tied Butler for the most in the Horizon League this season.

·         League Notes

o    Cleveland State continues to receive votes in the Associated Press Poll. The Vikings picked up 7 points in the AP poll (35th overall).

o    In the first nine Horizon League conference games of the year, five came down to the final possession and/or went to overtime. Wright State was both the victim and beneficiary in its two games, losing on a tip-in to Cleveland State, 45-43, and surviving for a 63-62 win over Youngstown State when the Penguins’ floater at the horn, hit the back of the rim.

o    For the third straight year, and sixth time in 12 seasons, Butler was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Horizon League.

o    14 players who starred in the Horizon League last season are presently in Europe pursuing a professional career or waiting for the resumption of the NBA season to begin the year.

o    The Horizon League owns the longest winning streak in the NCAA Tournament among non-Power 6 conferences, having won a tournament game in each of the last 7 years.

·         Butler Bulldogs (5-6, 0-1 Horizon)

o    Butler snapped a three-game losing skid with a 67-65 victory over Purdue at the Close The Gap Crossroads Classic.  The victory was Butler’s fifth straight win at Conseco Fieldhouse and third straight win over the Boilermakers.

o    Butler has had eight different players lead the team or share the team lead in scoring in the first 11 games.                                                                                

o    Senior Ronald Nored has climbed to fifth on the Butler career assists chart with 358, passing former teammate Shelvin Mack. Nored also gave Butler its second straight Lowe’s Senior CLASS nominee, earning the honor this season. Last year, it was Matt Howard who became a finalist for the honor.

o    Butler’s streak of players posting double-doubles ended at four games, with Kameron WoodsAndrew SmithRoosevelt Jones and Khyle Marshall all taking honors in the streak. Woods and Smith each had 12 points in the win over Purdue.

o    Butler has won at least 26 games in five consecutive seasons. Butler’s 151 wins over the past five-plus years are a school and Horizon League record. The Bulldogs are part of the Horizon League’s seven-year winning streak in NCAA Tournament play, claiming victories in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

·         #rv/- Cleveland State Vikings (10-1, 2-0 Horizon)

o    The Vikings’ 10-1 start is the second best opening to a season in program history, topped only by last year’s 12-0 start. CSU is a combined 24-2 over the last two November’s and December’s. CSU plays four more games in December this year.

o    The Vikings are 7-0 in games decided by five points or less, winning two games last week. CSU defeated Robert Morris (62-58) and Akron (69-66).

o    Over the seven-game road trip in which it went 6-1, CSU held its opposition to 14-for-82 (.171) shooting from three-point range. Opponents are shooting just .232 (29-125) from three-point against CSU this year, ranked among the top five in the nation.

o    D’Aundray Brown had five steals last week, moving into 10th place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 177. He entered the week ranked fifth in the country with 3.1 steals per game.

o    Defensively, Cleveland State is among the nation’s leaders in defense, ranking 24th in scoring defense (57.3), eighth in three-point field-goal percentage defense (25.4) and 11th in steals per game (10.0).

o    Cleveland State is one of three teams to have played a part in the Horizon League’s seven-year NCAA Tournament winning streak, having knocked off No. 4 Wake Forest, 84-69, as a No. 13 seed in 2009.

·         Detroit Titans (5-8, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Detroit wrapped up its two-game swing against SEC opponents with an 80-75 loss to #17/16 Mississippi State. The Titans rallied to tie the game with 40 seconds left before Mississippi State hit the go-ahead jumper with 19 ticks left and got a block on the defensive end.

o    Sophomore Ray McCallum was named to the Bob Cousy Award List, given annually to the nation’s top point guard. McCallum, who is averaging 14.8 ppg and 3.5 apg, has scored in double figures in all but one game this year.

o    Junior Doug Anderson made all five of his free throws Saturday, giving him makes in 26-of-27 over the last seven games. Anderson leads the HL in free throw percentage at 90.5 percent.

o    Detroit honored former Head Coach Dick Vitale on Dec. 5, dedicating “Dick Vitale Court” at Calihan Hall before knocking off St. John’s, 69-63, before a national television audience on ESPN2.

o    McCallum is a Preseason Wooden Award Watch List and Preseason Naismith Trophy honoree. The sophomore spent the summer with USA Basketball’s World University Games team. The youngest member of the team, McCallum appeared in all 8 contests, averaging 4.5 ppg while collecting 8 rebounds and 7 assists (2 turnovers).

·         Green Bay Phoenix (5-6, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Green Bay has played the sixth-toughest schedule in the country through Dec. 18, per RPIRatings.com. The six opponents the Phoenix have played away from home are a combined 45-11.

o    Sophomore Alec Brown broke out against #11/11 Marquette, recording a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Brown followed it up with 20 points and 9 boards versus Michigan Tech. With 100 career blocks, Brown sits in fourth on the all-time Phoenix ledger.

o    Freshman Keifer Sykes had a career-high 18 points against Michigan Tech. The 18 points was the most scored by a Phoenix player other than Brown this season.

o    Green Bay is 5-0 at home this season. Brown is averaging 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds at the Resch Center.

o    With 16 years of experience among 14 players, the Phoenix are the 13th-youngest team in the country. Green Bay will be working in six newcomers to the roster, along with Terry Johnson, who practiced with the team last year after transferring from Illinois State.

·         Loyola Ramblers (3-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Ben Averkamp’s scored 21 points, the second-highest total of his career, versus Chicago State. Over the last pair of outings, he is collecting 26.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg.

o    Averkamp has been a catalyst in the Ramblers’ wins this year, averaging 21.7 ppg and 8.3 rpg, compared to 10.7 ppg and 6.6 rpg in their losses. The Preseason Second Team All-Horizon League pick has scored in double digits in five of the last six games.

o    Loyola’s starting five accounted for all 64 points against Chicago State. In fact, the Rambler bench has produced just one point in the last three games.

o    Both Averkamp (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Walt Gibler (16 points, 10 rebounds) recorded a double-double in Saturday’s win, marking  the first time since March 2, 2010 that two or more Ramblers recorded a double-double in the same game.

o    The Ramblers boast two Pre-Med majors on their roster; both Walt Gibler and Ben Averkamp have designs on becoming doctors following the conclusion of their basketball careers. Averkamp averaged a team-best 12.0 points per game last year, while Gibler chipped in 9.4 ppg.

·         Milwaukee Panthers (9-3, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Senior guard Kaylon Williams was named to the Bob Cousy Award List, given to the nation’s top point guard. A Preseason First Team All-Horizon League pick, Williams is pacing the League with 6.0 assists per game, good for 21st nationally.

o    The Panthers played both of their games last week without starters Kyle Kelm and Ja’Rob McCallum, both sidelined by injury. Kelm (shoulder) missed games for the first time this season while McCallum (hand) has now missed the last six contests.

o    Nebraska-Omaha was the sixth UWM opponent that failed to get to 60 points and the fourth that scored 50 or less. Plus, UNO was the eighth Panther opponent to shoot less than 40 percent from the field. The Panthers have held 11-of-12 opponents to less than 44 percent shooting from the field.

o    Milwaukee is holding opponents to 58.0 points per game on the year, ranking 32nd nationally. Limiting the opposition to just 25.6 percent shooint from three-point range, the Panthers rank 12th. Both figures are second to Cleveland State in the Horizon League.

o    Milwaukee’s only game this week is against Marquette Thursday. The Panthers have never beaten the Golden Eagles.

·         UIC Flames (3-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    UIC’s men’s basketball team has seen no shortage of nail biters this season, playing a total of five games decided by five points or less. UIC is just 1-4 in those contests, but had a chance to either tie or win the game with a last-second shot in road games at Green Bay, Milwaukee and Central Michigan. The Flames have held second-half leads in 5-of-7 losses this season.

o    UIC enters Monday’s game against Western Illinois as the Horizon League’s leader in both rebounding margin (+5.4) and offensive rebounding (14.9 rpg). The Flames have out-rebounded eight-of their 10 opponents this season.

o    Junior guard Daniel Barnes, who earned an extra year of eligibility after sitting out last season as a medical redshirt, has tallied six double-digit scoring outputs this season, including 17 or more points on three occasions. Barnes has drilled a Horizon League second-best 23 three-pointers (2.3 per game).

o    Senior center Darrin Williams enters Monday’s game versus Western Illinois as the Flames’ leading rebounder (6.7 rpg), averaging 7.8 rebounds per outing over his last four games. Williams also ranks second in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (.582).

o    UIC turned over the majority of its roster in the offseason, bringing in nine newcomers for head coach Howard Moore’s second season. Seven of the newcomers are true freshmen, with four hailing from the Chicagoland area and two coming from Dallas.

·         Valparaiso Crusaders (7-4, 1-0 Horizon)

o    Reggie Hamilton scored 41 points, including the game-winning jumper as time expired, sending Valparaiso to an 82-80 defeat at the hands of Oakland.

o    Junior Kevin Van Wijk matched his career high with 22 points, going 8-of-9 from the floor. Were he eligible (he is one field goal shy of qualifying), Van Wijk would be tied for 18th nationally in field-goal percentage, hitting 67.1 percent of his attempts.

o    Junior Ryan Broekhoff has turned into the Horizon League’s Swiss Army Knife, ranking in the top 10 in seven different Horizon League categories. Broekhoff posted his fifth double-double of the year with 18 points and 12 boards on Saturday.

o    Presently 212-for-356 on attempts from inside the three-point arc, Valparaiso leads the nation in two-point field-goal percentage, hitting 59.5 percent of its attempts.

o    Two members of the Crusaders played in the World University Games. Broekhoff represented Australia, tying for team-high scoring honors in averaging 10.9 points per game. Richie Edwards paced the New Zealand squad and ranked third overall among all tournament players with an average of 20.1 points per game.

·         Wright State Raiders (4-8, 1-1 Horizon)

o    Wright State lost both of its games last week, dropping an 82-54 contest to Ohio on the heels of a 78-58 defeat to Cincinnati.

o    The Raiders played without leading scorer Julius Mays against Ohio. Mays sat out the game after landing on his shoulder, head and back late in the loss to Cincinnati.