A Page -- Dec. 24, 2011

Cleveland State Sam I Am's Sam Houston State

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State made a season-high 10 three-pointers and shot 53-percent behind the arc as the Vikings rolled past Sam Houston State, 63-45, on Thursday night in the Wolstein Center.

The win improved the Vikings to 11-2, including a perfect 4-0 at home, while the Bearkats fell to 4-8.

"I thought our guys worked hard out there today," head coach Gary Waters said. "We were able to get enough guys in there and get some other guys playing time and they played together as a team and that's what you want to see. 

"There are still some areas we have to improve upon, including taking care of the basketball. We had way to many again tonight and also have to start cutting back on unnecessary fouls. When our guys get into foul trouble, it makes us change our whole strategy."

D'Aundray Brown led the Vikings with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Jeremy Montgomery added 11 points, going 3-of-5 from three-point. Trey Harmon scored nine points, hitting all three of his three-pointers.

With CSU leading 13-11 with 10:45 to play in the first half, the Vikings began to make their move, scoring five straight points to assume an 18-11 lead. SHSU was able to slice its deficit back to five points (26-21) with 3:37 to play, but a three-pointer byD'Aundray Brown at the 3:02 mark started a 11-4 CSU run to close the half.

The Vikings led, 37-25, at the intermission.

CSU maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half, pushing the lead to as many as 23 points (63-40) with 2:27 left on a three-pointer by Brown.

The Viking bench came through with 25 points tonight, including six each from Sebastian DouglasDevon Long and Anton Grady. Long added four rebounds in his 13 minutes of work.

CSU held the Bearkats to just 34 shots, including a 2-for-9 (.222) effort from three-point, forcing 23 turnovers that the Vikings turned into 27 points.

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

Oberlin Field Hockey Changes Leadership; Sanford Named Acting Head Coach

Oberlin, Ohio – On Tuesday afternoon, Delta Lodge Director of Athletics William Roth announced that Deb Ranieri had left her position as the College’s Head Field Hockey Coach after 10 years at the helm of the program. Roth has named Assistant CoachEmma Sanford to the position of Acting Head Coach.

“It is an critical time for our field hockey program, Roth said.  “This transition offers an exciting opportunity for a new, positive course to be set.  Our new direction will aggressively promote the personal and competitive success of our student-athletes.  The initial step in our process will begin with an exhaustive national search for a head coach who will bring energy, optimism, competency, core values, and a fierce competitive fire to the position.  I am confident that Emma Sanford will diligently lead our program towards the heightened goals we have for Oberlin Field Hockey, as we search for our new head coach.”

Sanford, a native of Colchester, England has an intensive background coaching and playing the game of field hockey in her home country.

From 2007-2010, Sanford coached at the Colchester Hockey Club where she worked with players from U7-U14. In addition, she also served as a player-coach for the ladies 3rd team. In the 1999-2000 season, Sanford was the team captain of the U19 team that won the state championship and a berth into the regional tournament.

Prior to her tenure with the Colchester Club, Sanford’s work with Merton Sports and Leisure Development helped two U14 teams (one boys, one girls) earn bids into the London Youth Games. In 2006 the girls’ team reached the final stages of the tournament and won the Fair Play Award, while in the 2007 her efforts helped the boys’ team finish fifth overall, marking their highest finish ever.

“I am looking to develop a squad that will be a force to be reckoned with in the NCAC, Sanford said.  “I will expect from our players a baseline of excellence, hard work, motivation and an attitude that says ‘we will be the best.’ There is no doubt in my mind that Oberlin Field Hockey will be producing winning results for the College both on the field and in the classroom.”

Sanford’s collegiate playing career started at Miami University (Ohio) in 2000, where she started her very first game as a freshman. She later transferred back to her home country and completed her degree in classical civilizations at Roehampton University Of Surrey. While there she served as team captain of the coed field hockey team for two seasons and the women’s team during her senior year. In her second year with the women's squad, she played in the national finals.

Off of the field hockey pitch, Sanford has a deep passion for archeology as she has 10 years of experience working in the field in her hometown of Colchester. This summer she will be working with the College’s archaeological department in Italy on the Sangro Valley Project.

A national search for Oberlin’s next head coach will begin immediately.



Western Michigan (7-5, 5-3 MAC) vs. Purdue (6-6, 4-4 Big Ten)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 • 4:30 pm ET • Detroit, Mich.  •  Ford Field (65,000)

ESPN • Announcers TBD


Western Michigan University Head Coach:  Bill Cubit

Career:  83-56-1 (12th year); at Western Michigan:  47-38 (7th year)


Offense Leaders:

Rush:  RB Tevin Drake (102 att., 570 yds., 4 TDs)

Pass:  QB Alex Carder (445 att., 299 comp., 3,434 yards, 28 TDs)

Rec.:  WR Jordan White (127 rec., 1,646 yds., 16 TDs) 


Defense Leaders:

Tackles:  LB Mitch Zajac (84 tackles, 2.5 tfl)

Sacks:  DL Drew Nowak (83 tackles, 20.0 tfl, 8.5 sacks)

Int.:  S Johnnie Simon (103 tackles, 8.5 tfl, 2 INT)


*  Cubit’s Wins Against BCS AQ Schools:  Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit won his fourth game against BCS AQ school’s this year with a 38-31 win at UConn.

     Connecticut (2011) ........................................ 38-31

     Illinois (2008) ................................................ 23-17

     Iowa (2007) ................................................... 28-19

     Virginia (2006) .............................................. 17-10


*  Leader Of The Pack:  Senior wide receiver Jordan White leads the nation with 127 receptions and 1,646 yards this season.  White added 16 TD receptions.  White became the second receiver in school history to go over 30 TD receptions in a career (31) and he ranks second in MAC history in career receiving yards with 3,922 yards.


*  WR Jordan White Post Season Honors:  Jordan White has found his name on three more All-America teams headlined by earning Second Team SI.com All-America. White also earned Third Team Yahoo Sports All-America and Second Team CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America. The Cleveland, Ohio, native has already earned American Football Coaches Association All-America as well as Second Team Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America.

Cleveland Native Jordan White


*  The Power Of Three: Western Michigan is one of only four programs in FBS to boast three receivers with over 50 catches this season.  The other programs are Houston, San Jose State and Arizona.

     Jordan White, WR ........................................................ 127

     Robert Arnheim, WR ..................................................... 59

     Chleb Ravenell, WR ...................................................... 59


*  Nowak Named MAC Defensive Player of the Year:  Western Michigan boasts eight All-Mid-American Conference selections for the 2011 season including two first team selections and the program’s seventh Defensive Player of the Year in Drew Nowak. Nowak, a native of Green Bay, Wis., tied for the lead in the MAC with 8.5 sacks and ranked second with 20.0 tackles for loss, tied for the sixth most in a season in Western Michigan history and ranking fifth in the nation in 2011.  In addition, Nowak totaled 83 tackles on the year, which ranked third on the team and also tied for 20th in the conference. This is the first all-conference nod of Nowak’s career, earning First Team All-MAC Defense, and the first Defensive Player of the Year award for Western Michigan since Ameer Ismail in 2006.  Nowak joins Ismail, Jason Babin (2002, 2003), Sean Mulhearn (1990), Mark Garalczyk (1986) and John Offerdahl (1985) on the list of Broncos to earn the honor.


Football Contact:  Mat Kanan, 919-515-1181, mat.kanan@wmu.edu



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Toledo (8-4, 7-1 MAC) vs. Air Force (7-5, 3-4 Mountain West)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 • 4:30 pm ET • Washington, D.C. •  RFK Stadium (45,423)

ESPN • Announcers TBD


Toledo Head Coach:  Matt Campbell

Career:  0-0 (1st year); at Toledo:  0-0 (1st year)


Offense Leaders:

Rush:  RB Adonis Thomas (149 att., 963 yds., 11 TDs)

Pass:  QB Austin Dantin (185 att., 120 comp., 1,398 yds., 15 TDs)

Rec.:  WR Eric Page (112 rec., 1,123 yds., 10 TDs)


Defense Leaders:

Tackles:  LB Robert Bell (70 tackles, 3.5 tfl, 1.0 sack)

Sacks:  DE Ben Pike (11 tackles, 5.0 tfl, 5.0 sacks)

Int.:  DB Desmond Marrow (78 tackles, 1.0 tfl, 3 INT)


*  Toledo Quick Notes:  Toledo had back-to-back 7-1 MAC seasons for the first time in school history. The last time Toledo dropped fewer than two conference games over a two-year span was in 1970 and 1971 when it was 10-0-0 (5-0 in each season).

• Toledo set a school record with five straight games scoring 40 or more points over the final five games of the season (53.4 average).

• Junior WR Eric Page set numerous school records in 2011, including most receptions in a season (112) and for a career (293). Page is tied with current New Orleans Saint Lance Moore (2001-04) for most career touchdown receptions with 25. Page made first-team All-MAC at wide receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner, only the third player in FBS history to make first-team all-league at three positions.

• Senior RB Adonis Thomas topped the century mark in rushing in the final four games of the season and finished with 963 yards rushing despite missing four games due to a broken arm.

• Sophomore QB Terrance Owens completed 147-of-206 passes (71.4%) and ranks sixth in the nation in passing efficiency.


*  Page Only Second MAC Player To Make First-Team All-MAC at Three Positions:  Eric Page is one of only a very few players to make first-team all-league at three positions. Preliminary research has turned up only two others, Central Michigan’s Antonio Brown (WR, KR, PR in 2008) and Central Florida’s Joe Burnett (DB, KR, PR in 2008).


*  Owens Outstanding In Two Starts at QB: Sophomore QB Terrance Owens has been having a great season. But it’s been even better since he has been a starter. Owens has started the last two games and put up monster numbers. He made his first start of the season vs. Central Michigan on Nov. 18 and completed 24-of-32 passes for 275 yards with two TDs. Owens, who started the final four games under center last season, equaled his career high in completions, set against Central Michigan last season. Against Ball State on Nov. 25, Owens completed his first 14 passes of the game, ending up 27-of-32 for 267 yards and four TDs. so his completion percentage for the two games is a staggering 79.7 percent (51-of-64). Junior QB Austin Dantin sat out the last two games with concussion-like symptoms. Dantin had started the first 10 games under center this season, splitting time with Owens.


*  Owens, Dantin Among Nation’s Most Accurate Passers: Sophomore QB Terrance Owens and junior QB Austin Dantin rank sixth and 17th, respectively, in the nation in passing efficiency. No football team has ever had two passers in the top 20 in passing efficiency in the same season.


Owens and Dantin also rank first and fourth in the MAC in passing efficiency. Owens is 147-of-206 (71.4%) for 1,812 yards and 15 TDs for a 166.4 rating. Dantin is 120-of-185 (64.9%) for 1,398 yards and 15 TDs  for an efficiency rating of 151.9.


Football Contact:  Paul Helgren, 419-530-4918, paul.helgren@utoledo.edu