A Page -- Dec. 22, 2011

Payne Scores 16 Points as B-W Defeats 

Hendrix (Ark.), 79-63, In Consolation Game of 

Don Lane Tournament

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY  –  Sophomore All Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored game-high tying 16 points and grabbed team-high tying seven rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team beat Hendrix (Ark.) College, 79-63, tonight (Wednesday, December 21, 2011) in the consolation game of the Transylvania University Don Lane Tournament. The victory was B-W’s seventh in its last nine games and helped the Yellow Jackets improve to 7-3 overall.

In addition to Payne for B-W, sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) scored 14 points and junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/Seminary) and junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) each chipped in 11 points and grabbed a team-high tying seven rebounds.  Umbel, who was selected to the All-Tournament Team, also passed for a game-high six assists.  B-W opened the tournament with a 63-61 loss to No. 14-ranked Wabash (Ind.) College last night.

Hendrix (2-7 overall)  had four players in double figures and was led by junior guard Jaren Riley who scored a game-high tying 16 points. Senior guard Ammon Martin scored 11 points, senior center Nick Heathscott contributed 12 points and sophomore forward Colton Primm had a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets opened scoring as Payne connected on one of two free throws to make the score, 1-0, at the 18:49 mark.  Payne followed with a traditional three point play to extend their lead to 4-0 at the 18:36 mark.

Hendrix responded with an 6-0 run to take its first lead, 8-6, on a jumper by Colton with 15:07 left in the opening period.  The Warriors pushed its lead up to six points, 16-10, on a jumper Martin at 11:14.

B-W would then go on a 7-0 run to regain the lead, 17-16, when sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) was fouled on a three point attempt and then converted all three from the charity stripe at the 8:28 mark.

After Hendrix regained the lead, 24-22, the Yellow Jackets would hold the Warriors scoreless over the final 3:49 as Fairhurst, Krakowiak and Ameen all scored baskets to help B-W take a 29-24 lead into halftime.

The Yellow Jackets opened the second half by outscoring Hendrix 23-9 over the first eight minutes, 52-33, that was keyed by Umbel with 11 points and he assisted on two other baskets.

B-W would push its lead to as many as 19 points when junior forward Sean Rothermel (Delaware/Hayes) would split a pair of free throws at the 2:33 mark.  Hendrix would only come as close as four points, 31-27, on a three pointer by Riley at 18:55.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Friday, Dec. 30 when they host Alma College of Michigan in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 7:00 p.m. B-W returns to OAC play on Wednesday, January 4 when it travels to University Heights for a showdown against Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University at 7:00 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise two men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders on regional cable network SportsTime Ohio. The games are the January 28 doubleheader versus Wilmington and the February 18 twinbill versus Ohio Northern University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

John Carroll Holds Off 'Berg Women's Hoops, 

64-58, in Tiffin

TIFFIN, Ohio-Hilary Liwosz scored a game-high 20 points and Melissa Spahar
pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds as John Carroll University held off a
late second-half surge by the Heidelberg University women's basketball team
to claim a 64-58 win in an Ohio Athletic Conference game tonight at
Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.

Heidelberg (2-8, 0-4 OAC) was led by sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips
(Sandusky/St. Mary's) with 17 points.  Sophomore guard Emily Giel
(Burton/Burkshire) added nine points and passed for a team-high three
assists and local sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) had eight
markers.  Phillips, Miller and junior forward Molly Schriber (Sidney) each
tallied a team-high five rebounds, while Phillips, Miller and freshman guard
Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) each had three steals.

In addition to her 20 points for JCU (4-6, 1-4 OAC), Liwosz hauled in seven
rebounds and was 10-of-16 shooting for the free throw line.  Emily Ritchee
poured in 17 points of her own thanks to three three-pointers.

The Blue Streaks opened a 5-0 lead, but Heidelberg scored six straight
points and took a 6-4 lead at the 16:53 mark of the first half when Phillips
made a pair of free throws.

JCU then went on a 10-3 run and regained the lead at 14-9 as Liwosz made one
of two foul shots with 13:42 on the clock.

Heidelberg looked at a five-point deficit on two more occasions before again
closing the gap to one point at 18-17 when junior guard Jordan Ickes
(Wooster/Triway) canned a jumper at the 7:23 mark.

JCU again went on a run, building a 26-19 lead at 5:09 as Liwosz canned a

The Berg then went on a 7-0 run of its own, cutting the deficit to 27-26
with 2:12 remaining in the opening half when Giel hit a jumper.  Heidelberg
continued to face a one-point disadvantage and senior guard Jazmine Shaw
(Columbus/Hamilton Township) sent the Tri-Color into halftime trailing,
31-30, when she made a lay-up with 25 seconds on the clock.

Heidelberg opened the second half by taking a 32-21 lead at the 19:37 mark
when Miller corralled an offensive rebound and followed up with a lay-up,
giving the Tri-Color a 32-31 edge.

The Blue Streaks answered back on their next possession to retake a 33-32
advantage as Emily Day nailed a jumper and continued a 13-0 run, taking a
44-32 lead with 14:47 on the clock, with a Spahar jumper.

JCU continued to lead by double digits as late 7:40 left in the game, but
the Berg refused to quit.

Heidelberg reduced the lead to three points at the 1:11 mark with a Phillips
jumper and JCU's lead stood at 59-56, and later cut the score to 60-58 with
19 ticks on the clock as Ricketts stole the ball from Allison Lustig and
converted a fast break lay-up.

Ritchie and Lustig each made a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal
the victory for JCU.

JCU shot 35.3 percent (18-of-51) from the field and made 10 more free throws
(22) than Heidelberg attempted (12).  The Berg shots 30.7 percent (23-of-75)

Heidelberg returns to the hardwood on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 when it faces
Oberlin College in Oberlin in its final non-conference game of the season.

Former Spartan National Champion to Compete in Olympic Trials; Sing National Anthem

Houston Olympic Trials Website

HOUSTON, Texas – One of the most decorated student-athletes ever to don a Case Western Reserve University uniform, former National Champion and 2008 graduate Esther Erb will look to earn a spot on the 2012 United States Olympic team when she competes in the United States Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 14. And much like her days as a Spartan, Erb will look to please the crowd with both her running and singing skills, as she will have the honor of singing the national anthem.

The eight-mile loop course that she will compete on was designed to replicate the course in London at the 2012 Olympic Games next August. The top three men’s and women’s finishers will comprise Team USA and represent the U.S. in the marathon in London eight months after the Trials.

Headed into the Trials, Erb’s best time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 47 seconds ranks 49th in the field. She established that mark on February 14, 2010 in the Maratón Ciudad de Sevilla held in Sevilla, Spain.

Erb, a nine-time national qualifier and the 2008 NCAA Division III National Champion in the outdoor 10,000-meter run (35:45.01), also earned six All-American finishes during her career. Erb became the first female in University Athletic Association history to achieve the Triple Crown, as she earned Most Outstanding Performer (Running Events) in both indoor and outdoor track & field as well as the individual title in women's cross country in 2007.  The 16-time All-UAA selection and eight-time UAA champion earned All-America status twice in cross country (2006 & 2007), three times in outdoor track (2007, fifth in 5,000-meter - 17:01.30; 2008, sixth in 5,000-meter – 16:58.87; 2008, national champion in 10,000-meter – 35:45.01) and once more in indoor track (2008, fourth in 5,000-meter – 17:17.21).

Erb also earned a highly touted honor off the track as she was awarded both an Austrian-American Fulbright Commission English Teaching Assistantship and a Fulbright Commission English Teaching Assistantship in Germany – eventually landing in Vienna, Austria. She taught English as a second language [ESL] 12-15 hours a week to area youth in grades 5-13, and was also selected to become a member of the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, one of the top choirs in the world.

Although a highly-decorated student-athlete at Case, Erb didn't begin running until her late teens. However, her music career began much earlier.  She began singing in choirs at age five and was a member of numerous musical groups while in University Circle. She sang the national anthem at multiple Spartan sporting events – including three baseball games at Progressive Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians – and was selected to sing the anthem at an actual Indians’ game.     

She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in music and cognitive science where she was named six times to the Dean’s High Honors List and twice to the Dean’s Honors List.  A 2005-06 CoSIDA Academic All-American, she concluded her studies at Case with a 3.86 grade point average.



Oakland at Buffalo, 12:00 PM

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The Bulls return home for their final time in 2011 as they host Oakland this afternoon. This will be just UB’s fourth home game of the season, where it is currently 2-1.  The Bulls are coming off an 81-57 loss at Howard, while Oakland enters today’s game 5-5 after a 66-47 loss at Purdue. Junior sharpshooter Nicki Hopkins recorded a career-best 18 points on Tuesday night  against Howard on a career-high six three pointers.  Hopkins previous career bests were five three pointers and 17 points, which she scored last season against Ohio.  As a team, the Bulls recorded 13 three pointers against the Lady Bison, one off the school record for threes in a game. Following today’s game, the Bulls will again hit the road for a long stretch, playing their next four away from Alumni Arena.  When all is said and done, UB will have played 12 of its first 16 games away from home.  They will play eight of their final 14 at home. Oakland enters today’s game with a 5-5 record following a 66-47 loss to Purdue on Tuesday afternoon.  The Golden Grizzlies are just 1-3 on the season away from home this year.  Bethany Watterworth, a preseason Summit League selection, leads the team at 17.7 points per game. Zakiya Minifee is second on the team at 8.6 points per contest, leading the team with 7.7 rebounds per game.  In all, five players average at least 6.0 points per game.



Detroit Mercy at Western Michigan, 1:00 PM

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Western Michigan (3-7) hosts in-state rival Detroit (3-8) in the final non-conference home game of the 2011 calendar year. The Broncos average 61.4 ppg and allow 68.5 ppg against. WMU is shooting 37.2 percent from the field. Redshirt senior Maria Iaquaniello is the team's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder (among active players), averaging 10.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg. Corie Buchanan is the second leading scorer at 8.6 ppg and top rebounder with 4.5 rpg. Buchanan also leads the team in assists (3.9 apg) and steals (2.5 spg).  UD returns seven letterwinners and three starters from last year's 13-18, 6-12 Horizon League squad. Detroit averages 61.3 ppg and allows 62.5 ppg, while shooting 40.5 percent from the field. Shareta Brown (15.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and Chanahl Putnam (9.6 ppg) are the team's top two offensive threats.



Indiana St. at Northern Illinois, 7:00 PM

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Northern Illinois plays its sixth home game of the year with its sixth all-time meeting with Indiana State. The Huskies rank third in the MAC in three-point field goal percentage at .329, led by Courtney Shelton's league-second-best .452 percentage. Helping her percentage was a season-best 5-for-7 performance at Indiana last Saturday. Her 14 threes made are good for sixth in the league. NIU ranks first in the MAC and 98th in the NCAA in opponent field goal percentage (.365). The Huskies are 5-2 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting and are 4-1 when outshooting their foes. With rebounding margin of +6.6, NIU ranks second in the MAC and 45th in the NCAA. The Huskies have outrebounded their opponents eight times this year and are 5-3 when doing so. Freshman Claire Jakubicek ranks fourth in the MAC in field goal percentage (.513). Her 21-point, 8-rebound, 5-assist performance at Chicago State was the first 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist game since Marke Freeman tallied 24 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds on Feb. 20, 2010, against Toledo. The Sycamores finished last season with a 16-16 mark, 8-10 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Returning four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team, second-year Head Coach Teri Moren has ISU off to a 6-5 start. The Sycamores have won five of their last eight games and are at the end of a season-long, four-game road trip. ISU is 1-2 on the trip with losses at Eastern Illinois and Michigan before topping Chicago State on Tuesday.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 12/19/11


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Bryan Suttera, Brooklyn, 10/26, Brookgate Lanes;

Darryl Gatt, Brooklyn Heights, 10/26, Brookgate Lanes;

Joseph Connare, Olmsted Falls, 12/7, Fairview Lanes;

Russell Campbell, North Royalton 12, 9, Brookgate Lanes;

Artimus Gilbert, Cleveland, 12/9, Ambassador Superior;

Charles Rutkowski, Cleveland, 12/9, Brookgate Lanes;

Wesley Brown, Parma, 12/9, Brookgate Lanes;

Chris Collier, Middleburg Heights, 12/12, Buckeye Lanes;

Bill Fievet Jr., Maple Heights, 12/13, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Tim Gage, Berea, 12/14, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Jason Chojnacki, Strongsville, 12/14, Brookgate Lanes;

Brian Kasprzak, Parma, 12/14, Buckeye Lanes;

Jason Bradley, Olmsted Township, 12/14, Buckeye Lanes;

Michael Blackburn, Parma, 12/14, Buckeye Lanes;

Shaun Creadon, Lakewood, 12/16, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Mark Brinza, Cleveland, 12/16, Fairview Lanes;

Jim Walch, North Ridgeville, 12/16, Buckeye Lanes;

Maurice Moore, Cleveland, 12/17, Roseland Lanes;



    299 Games

Carly Graham, Strongsville, 9/23, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Carly Graham, Strongsville, 11/25, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Bradly Wurm, Cleveland, 12/9, Dickey’s Lanes;

Teroy Wade, Cleveland Heights, 12/10, Wickliffe;

Charles Russell, Cleveland, 11/30, Ambassador Superior:

Michael Dieglo, Parma, 12/18, Freeway Lanes of Parma;



    298 Games

Ken Konczos, Sagamore Hills, 12/14, Brookgate Lanes;



    800 Series

Tim O’Hara, Parma, 12/12, Seven Hills Lanes (816);

Ray Kurowski, North Royalton, 12/13, Buckeye Lanes (815);

Bill Fievet Jr., Maple Heights, 12/13, Freeway Lanes of Parma (800)

Vance Cauley, North Ridgeville, 12/16, Buckeye Lanes (800);

Ryan Strong, Cleveland, 12/2, Brookgate Lanes (823);

Michael Dieglo, Parma, 12/18, Freeway Lanes of Parma (821);




Westlake's Rosa LaMattina leads Mount Union 

to drowning of Drew

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Playing on the Atlantic coast of Florida, Drew's(N.J.) S/A's may have thought they wandered into the Bermuda Triangle as the No. 19 ranked Mount Union women's basketball opened the game on a 19-0 run on its way to a 65-33 rout Tuesday night.

The Purple Raiders have won five-straight games to stand 10-1 overall on the season and finish the non-conference schedule undefeated.  In fact, Mount Union has now won 23-straight non-conference games dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Drew got eight points from Victoria Ault, has now lost three-straight and is 4-6 on the season.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) led Mount Union with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor

After the Raiders fast start they took a 36-12 lead into the lockers they ended any chance of a rally with a 9-0 surge over the first four minutes of the second half capped by a Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) layup to extend the lead to 45-12.

Mount Union now takes two weeks off for the holidays before hosting Marietta in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Cleveland State basketball falls to Ole Miss

Oxford, Miss. - Honesty King and Takima Keane each scored 20 points but it wasn't enough as Cleveland State fell to Ole Miss, 74-63, in the Vikings second game of the Magnolia Classic in Oxford, Miss. on Wednesday (Dec. 21) afternoon.

King scored 16 points in the first half as the Vikings trailed by two, 38-36, at the intermission.

Elyria's Honesty King

Destinee Blue jumper - two of her 13 points - tied the game at 38-38 with 18:35 left in regulation before Keane hit a pair of free throws to give CSU a 40-38 lead.

Whitney Hameth hit a three-pointer to give the Rebels a 41-40 lead, and Ole Miss never trailed again to improve to 9-3 on the season. Hameth's three was part of a 10-1 run that stretched the Mississippi lead to 51-42 and provided the Rebels some breathing room.

Keane's three-pointer with 2:21 to go cut the deficit to five points at 68-63, but the Vikings missed their next three shots from the field and committed three turnovers while Ole Miss pieced together a mini 6-0 run to seal the deal.

Ole Miss had three players score in double-figures, led by Valencia McFarland and Nikki Byrd who each chipped in 14 points and 12 more from Danielle McCray off the bench. McFarland paced the Rebel offense with 10 helpers to notch a double-double. 

Shalonda Winton, fresh off of a 19-point performance in the overtime win against Murray State on Tuesday (Dec. 20), scored 10 points and Blue grabbed a game-high eight rebounds as CSU fell to 4-6.

The Vikings return home for their first game at the Wolstein Center since Dec. 5 when they host Lake Erie College at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 28) at 7:00 p.m.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Basketball Team Falls To No. 24 

Otterbein, 64-59, As Lairson Scores 15

WESTERVILLE, OHIO -- Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) scored 15  points but the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team fell to 24-ranked (D3hoops.com national poll) Otterbein University, 64-59, tonight (Tuesday, December 20, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Rike Center.

With the loss,  the Yellow Jackets fell to 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the OAC.  The Cardinals improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the OAC.

In addition to the Lairson for B-W,  freshman guard Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) scored 12 points, junior All-OAC forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) added 11 points and senior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/St. Mary’s Central Catholic) scored a season-high tying 10 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.   Otterbein was led by Kristi Kotterman scored a game-high 16 points and Shea McCoy and Tabatha Piper each contributed 10.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring, 2-0, when junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/Miami Trace) grabbed the offensive rebound and scored the layup at the 18:03 mark .

The two teams would battle back and forth as the game was tied on three occasions with the last coming at 13-13 on a three-pointer by Lairson with 9:01 remaining.

The Cardinals then used a 7-0 run to push their lead to seven points, 20-13, on a layup by Chelsea Cannon at 4:11.  Otterbein would outscored the Yellow Jackets 10-9 over the remainder of the half to take a to a 30-22 lead into the intermission.

Otterbein would open up the second half by canning two three-pointers by McCoy and Kotterman to extend the lead to 36-24 at the 17:59 mark.  The Cardinals would push the lead to as many as 12 points, 41-29, on a three-pointer by Allie Leopard at 15:03.

B-W would then go on an 8-0 run to cut the lead down to four points, 41-37, on a layup by Spisak with 9:12 left in the game.  The Yellow Jackets continued to battle back and cut the lead down to one point, 54-53, on a three-pointer by Lairson at the 3:27 mark.

Otterbein would outscore B-W 10-6 over the remainder of the game and sealed the 64-59 victory on a pair of free throws by Piper with three seconds left.

CSU Men's basketball to host Sam Houston 

State tonight in the 'Stein

Sam Houston State (4-7) at rv/-- Cleveland State (10-2)
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2011 • 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Wolstein Center (8,500) - Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Video stream available on Horizon League Network and CSUVikings.com
Series: CSU leads, 2-0
Last Mt'g: CSU 74, @SHSU 62 (12/11/10)
Promos: Hoopy Hour: $2 drafts & cheap eats 2 hours before tip; Holiday Hoops: Alumni & Friends Tailgate Party from 5:00-6:45 p.m. in the Backstage Cafe; 2011-12 Yearbooks Available ($2.00 at bookstore)
Tickets: $8, $10, $15, $25, $50

CSU season, mini-plan, groups and single game tickets are available by calling the Wolstein Center Ticket Office at (216) 687-4848.

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State returns home to begin a stretch of playing four of its next five games at home when the Vikings host Sam Houston State at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 22) in the Wolstein Center. CSU will be playing at home for just the fourth time this season. The Vikings are 10-2 overall after a 70-55 setback at South Florida on Monday (Dec. 19) and are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 for the sixth straight week. Sam Houston State is 4-7 this season, having won three of their last five games, including a 73-49 win over Northern Arizona on Tuesday (Dec. 20). The Vikings lead the all-time series with the Bearkats, 2-0, including a 74-62 win in Huntsville, Texas, last season.

PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS: Sixth-year head coach Gary Waters is combining an experienced group of upperclassmen with one of the most talented freshman classes in school history as the Vikings set out to win a second straight Horizon League title. The strength of the team is at the guards where seniors Trey Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery return after starting all 36 games last season. They are joined in the backcourt by freshmen Sebastian Douglas and Charlie Lee. Senior D'Aundray Brown returns to the lineup after missing last season with a finger injury to man the small forward spot with freshmen Marlin Masonand Ike Nwamu ready to step in and provide minutes. Senior Aaron Pogue returns as the starting center with junior Tim Kamczyc back at the power forward slot. Sophomores Devon Long and Luda Ndaye and freshman Anton Grady add depth to the frontcourt.

IN THE POLLS: With a 10-2 mark to start the season, Cleveland State has received recognition in the national polls for the sixth straight week. The Vikings earned seven points in the Associated Press Top-25, to check in at 34th overall (ninth among Others Receiving Votes). CSU was receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for four weeks, but that streak was snapped when the Vikings did not receive any votes in either of the last two weeks.

VIKINGS STAY AT #4 IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State remained in the No. 4 spot in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday (Dec. 19) afternoon. The Vikings received 670 votes and one first place vote. Creighton remained in the No. 1 spot with 22 first place votes and 745 points and was followed by Murray State (738 points, 5 first place vote), Harvard (700), Cleveland State and Iona (619) to round out the top five. Last season, CSU began the season ranked 25th in the poll before working its way up to the No. 1 ranking on Dec. 6 where CSU stayed for five weeks.

KAMCZYC CONTINUES STRONG PLAY: Tim Kamczyc continued his strong play of late with a 14 point, seven rebound effort at South Florida on Monday (Dec. 19). Over the last five games, Kamczyc is averaging 11.2 points per game, including four double digit scoring contests, and 5.0 rebounds per game. He has raised his scoring average to 8.0 points per contest.

GRADY ALMOST DOUBLES UP: Freshman Anton Grady came close to a double-double at South Florida on Monday (Dec. 19), finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. He made all five of his field goal attempts. It was the second time this season that Grady came up one rebound shy of a double-double. He had 14 points and nine boards in a win over Boston University (Nov. 25).

FIVE OR LESS: The Vikings are a perfect 7-0 in games decided by five points or less and have won four games on its final offensive possession this season. They include... • Trey Harmon hits a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure (Nov. 18).
• Jeremy Montgomery steals the inbounds pass and hits two free throws with 3.4 seconds to play in a 63-62 victory over Boston University (Nov. 25).
• D'Aundray Brown tips in a missed shot with 0.3 seconds left in a 45-43 win at Wright State (Dec. 1).
• Jeremy Montgomery hits a three-pointer with 21.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 69-66 win over Akron.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?: Quite frankly, he can play defense. A member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Defense team, Brown has quickly shown that he is one of the top defensive players in the country, ranking first in the league and third in the nation in steals (3.1 spg; 34 total). A deeper look into Brown's defensive efforts shows that he has shut down the top scorers on several teams this year, including the following... PPG at PLAYER (SCHOOL) FG -FGA Points Time of Game Carlton Guyton (Kent State) 3 -9 8 12.0
Mike Moore (Hofstra) 2 -7 5 20.5
Jamal Wilson (Rhode Island) 4 -8 8 19.8
Chase Simon (Detroit) 2 -5 6 17.6

FUTURE CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The second of four CSU Hoops Luncheons took place on Dec. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get updates from CSU basketball head coachesGary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad. Hosted by Munch Bishop of WKNR, the luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Cost of admission is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables for eight can also be reserved for $80.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Vikings have been proving their mettle away from home this season as CSU has played nine of their 12 games away from the Wolstein Center, posting a 7-2 record in those contests. CSU is 6-1 in road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. With eight more road games this year, CSU has a chance to break the school-record of 13 road wins in a season, set in 2008-09.

VIKINGS DON'T GIVE UP "3": Cleveland State is ranked eighth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense, with opponents hitting just .254 (39-147) from three-point. During a seven game stretch (Nov. 18-Dec. 3), CSU's opponents shot just 7-for-66 (.106) from long range against CSU with none of the seven teams making more than two three's in a game. In a win at Rhode Island (Nov. 27), the Vikings held the Rams to an 0-for-8 effort from three-point, the 14th time in program history that a team failed to make a three-pointer against CSU and the first since Dec. 17, 1996, against Youngstown State.

NCAA STATS: Cleveland State is well represented in the latest NCAA statistical report that was released on Monday (Dec. 19). As a team, CSU is eighth in the nation in three-point defense (.254), 11th in steals (10.0), 15th in turnover margin (4.7) and 24th in scoring defense (57.3). Individually, D'Aundray Brown is fifth in steals (3.1).

J-MO KEEPS PLAYING: When Jeremy Montgomery takes the floor on Thursday, he will be playing in his 119th straight game at CSU, moving into a tie for sixth place on the all-time list at CSU. Montgomery, who has never missed a game in his career, is also slated to make his 68th straight start. With a minimum of 20 games left this season, Montgomery has a chance to break Norris Cole's school-record of 139 straigh games played.

HARMON NETS 1,000th POINT: Senior Trey Harmon became the 20th player in CSU history to score 1,000 career points when he finished with five points at Wright State. He ranks 18th on the all-time list at CSU with 1,059 points. ... AND BROWN CLOSING IN: D'Aundray Brown also has the 1,000 point mark in sights. He enters Thursday's contest with 765 career points.

MONTGOMERY ALREADY THERE: With his six points against Rio Grande (Nov. 15), Jeremy Montgomery became the 19th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Montgomery, who has 1,096 career points, ranks 17th on the all-time scoring list at CSU. The Vikings have never had three players reach 1,000 career points in the same season.

BROWN MOVES INTO 9TH ON STEALS LIST: With two steals on Monday at USF, D'Aundray Brown moved into ninth place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 179. He is now 21 steals shy of moving into a tie for eighth place. Brown leads the Horizon League and is ranked fifth in the nation with 3.1 steals per game, making at least two steals 11 of the 12 games this season.

A NORTHEAST OHIO SWEEP: With a Dec. 10 win over Akron and a win at Kent State on Nov. 22, the Vikings have swept the season series against its two Northeast Ohio rivals for the second straight season. This year marked the 32nd time that CSU played both teams in the same year and the fifth time that the Vikings swept all of the games. CSU claimed single games against both teams in 1987-88, 1997-98 and 2010-11, and went 3-0 in 1977-78, 1980-81 and 1985-86, winning twice against Akron in both 1977-78 and 1980-81.

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Monday's game at South Florida extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 148. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings topped Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. CSU is 98-50 since.

SUCCESS 601: The sixth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Think Like a Champion by Dave Dinunzio as the course text. 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 and turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2009-10, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players.

TRIFECTA DUO: The duo of seniors Jeremy Montgomery and Trey Harmon continue to work their way up the three-point field goals made chart at Cleveland State. Montgomery is ranked fourth in school history with 167 three-pointers, while Harmon is sixth with 160 makes.

FREE THROWS: One area CSU struggled over the first three games was free throws as the Vikings hit just 37-of-61 (.607) from the charity stripe. However, since that time, the Vikings have gone 94-of-120 (.783) over the last eight games to raise the season free throw percentage to .724 (131-181).

... AND HITTING IN CRUNCH TIME: The Vikings have been hitting free throws down the stretch, connecting on 36-of-46 (.782) in the final five minutes of games this year.

VIKINGS LIKE EXEMPTED TOURNEYS: The Ticket City Legends Classic was the sixth exempted tournament that Cleveland State has played in under head coach Gary Waters, with the Vikings sporting a 16-7 record in those games. CSU went 1-2 at the America's Youth Classic (Evansville, Ind.) in 2006-07, defeating ACC member Miami (Fla.), 78-67, for its lone win. In 2007-08, the Vikings played in the Glenn Wilkes Classic, going 3-1 with wins over teams from the Big East (73-70 over USF) and ACC (69-66 over Florida State). In 2008-09, the Vikings rebounded from an opening round loss to Washington to claim the Miami Regional title of the CBE Classic. Two years ago, CSU won two games at home as part of the Cancun Challenge before falling to Kentucky and Virginia in Cancun. Last season, the Vikings won four games at home to claim the World Vision Classic. This year, CSU defeated Vanderbilt to open the Ticket City Legends Classic and won two of three games at Rhode Island to win the Kingston subregional title.

THIS `N THAT: Some quick notes from the first six weeks of the season.

• Trey Harmon was selected to the preseason All-Horizon League first team, while CSU was tabbed to finish third in the preseason poll.
• CSU's win at No. 7 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 was the highest ranked opponent the Vikings have defeated in program history. It was the sixth top-25 team that CSU has defeated in program history with five of the wins under Gary Waters.
• The Vikings blocked 11 shots in a win over Rio Grande (Nov. 15), one shy of equaling the school record for most blocks in a game.
• Anton Grady blocked six shots against Rio Grande, one shy of tying the CSU single game record of seven held by three players and the most by a CSU freshman in a game.
• Luda Ndaye picked up his first career start against Rio Grande (Nov. 15) and tied his career-highs in both points (7) and rebounds (7).
• Jeremy Montgomery dished out a career-high tying eight assists in a win at Rhode Island (Nov. 27). Charlie Lee added a career-high four assists in a setback at South Florida (Dec. 19).
• Freshman Anton Grady is the nephew of NBA player Earl Boykins. Both played their high school basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic, while Boykins was a standout at Eastern Michigan when CSU head coach Gary Waters was an assistant coach.
• CSU went 6-1 in November this year and is a combined 14-1 during the last two November's.
• The Vikings are off to a 4-1 start in December this year, improving their record to 10-2 over the last two December's. Including Thursday's game against Sam Houston State, CSU will play three more games this month.
• The trio of associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jeremaine Kimbrough are in their sixth year serving for head coach Gary Waters on the Viking bench. Only the tandem of Mitch Buonaguro and Paul Molinari (1996-03) served longer as a unit.
• This is the 20th season of CSU playing in the Wolstein Center with the Vikings going 158-105, including winning records in nine of the last 13 years. 

UP NEXT: Cleveland State is back in action on Wednesday (Dec. 28) when the Vikings travel to Toledo for an 8:00 p.m. contest.