B Page -- Dec. 3, 2010

CSU Basketball 

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PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable as all five starters and nine letter- men 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 (22.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.8 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Jeremy Montgom- ery (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 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 mid-December following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (3.4, 2.6) and Josh McCoy (3.9, 2.7), who redshirted last season follow- ing hip surgery. Junior Aaron Pogue (7.6, 6.2) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamc- zyc (4.1, 3.8) opening the year as the starting power forward. Junior Joe Latas (2.0, 1.9) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.1, 1.8) and Devon Long (2.8, 1.2) 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. Bo- naventure win, but he has missed the two subsequent games.

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 nine games, CSU leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (58.3), field goal defense (.377), three-point defense (.273), steals (8.3), turnovers forced (16.7) and turnover margin (+4.8). Seven straight opponents have shot .400 from the field or less and just three teams have shot better than .275 from three-point in a game.

THE POLLS LIKE CSU: Although it is very early in the season, the fast start by the Vikings have helped CSU in the various computer rankings. One of 25 un- beaten teams in Division I, Cleveland State is ranked 18th in the latest RPI (through Thursday) and 33rd in the most recent Sagarin ratings. The Vikings are the first team in the nation to win nine games this season.

. . . AND CSU GETS A MENTION IN THE AP POLL: Cleveland State received one vote in the most recent Associated Press poll, which was released on Monday (Nov. 29). Duke is the unanimous pick for No. 1, receiving all 65 first place votes, while CSU's lone vote would be good for 41st.

VIKINGS MOVE UP TO 5TH IN MID-MAJOR POLL: A school-record 8-0 record to start the season propelled Cleveland State up two more spots - from seventh to fifth - in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Nov. 29). The Vikings received 647 points in the poll, the most among the four Horizon League teams receiving votes. Old Dominion jumps from third to take over the top spot in the poll with 738 points with Gonzaga being second with 709 points. CSU is fifth, ahead of Butler (7th), Loyola (10th) and Detroit (ARV). A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season.

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: The win over Robert Morris on Monday (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.

WATERS GETS HIS 250TH WIN. . . TO COACH HIS 450TH GAME: Eight days after recording the 250th victory of his coaching career, Viking head coach Gary Waters was on the bench for the 450th game of his head coaching career when CSU won at Green Bay on Thursday. With a 9-0 record this year, Waters raised his career mark to 253-197 in 15 seasons as a head coach. Waters is 81-62 (.566) in his fifth season at Cleveland State and previously posted a 92-60 mark in five years at Kent State (1996-2001) and a 79-75 slate in five seasons at Rutgers (2001-06).

9-0: The win at Green Bay on Thursday allowed the Vikings to extend its school record for consecutive wins to start a season to nine, more than twice the previous best. Cleveland State had previously opened both the 1963-64 and 1985-86 seasons with four straight wins but had never been 5-0. . . let alone 9-0. The 1985-86 team went on to set a school record with a 29-4 re- cord, 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.

. . . AND MORE 9-0: The 9-0 start gives the Vikings the fourth longest win streak in school history and the longest since the 1992-93 squad matched a school record with 14 straight wins.
FOUR IN 74: As the USA Today pointed out on Nov. 16, Cleveland State was the busiest team in America during the first weekend of the season, playing (and winning) four games in 74 hours once the 2010-11 basketball season opened. No other team in the country played that many games in the first four days.

COLE TO THE LINE: Through the first nine games, Norris Cole has been spending an awful lot of time at the foul line as the Viking senior is averag- ing 10.1 free throws attempted per game. He is 77-for-91 to rank eighth in the league (.846). Although it is early in the season, the school record for free throws attempted in a season is 233 by Ken McFadden in 1987-88.

A TALENTED STAFF: Gary Waters has had the benefit of continuity on his coaching staff as the trio of Jayson Gee, Larry DeSimpelare and Jermaine Kimbrough have been with him at CSU since he took the position five years ago. Now, the assistant staff is starting to get their due as Gee was ranked as the third best assistant coach in the Horizon League and DeSimpelare was fifth best in a compilation of the best assistant coaches in the country by Jeff Goodman in a blog on yardbarker.com.

TIME FOR SOME REVENGE? Forgive the Vikings if this current four-game stretch means a little more than usual as they are playing four teams that combined to hand the Vikings five losses in seven games last year. Last Saturday (Nov. 27), CSU avenged a 72-62 loss to St. Bonaventure to open the 2009-10 season by running away from the Bonnies in the second half, claiming a 69-51 win. On Monday (Nov. 29), the Vikings made up for an eight point loss to Robert Morris last year by pinning a 58-53 defeat on the Colonials and they came back on Thursday to win for just the second time in 11 games at Green Bay, 83-75. CSU had split with the Phoenix last year. Next up is Saturday night's contest at Milwaukee, who claimed two of the three meetings against CSU last year, including a season-ending loss in the Horizon League Championship.

. . . AND TRYING TO OVERCOME A DECADE OF TOUGH TRAVEL: The annual trip to Wisconsin to face Green Bay and Milwaukee has historically been the toughest road swing of the year for the Vikings. The win on Thurs- day night marked just the second time since the 2001-02 season that CSU won at Green Bay (2-11 overall). Next up is an even tougher streak as CSU has dropped 10 straight games at Milwaukee.

A NORTHEAST OHIO SWEEP: With wins over Akron and Kent State this season, the Vikings have swept the season series against its two Northeast Ohio rivals for the first time since the 1997-98 season. This year marked the 31st 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 and 1997-98, and went 3-0 in 1977-78, 1980-81 and 1985-86, winning twice against Akron in both 1977-78 and 1980-81.

MORE WIN STREAKS: The win over Akron on Nov. 24 extended CSU's win streak against Ohio schools to seven dating back to last season. In addition, the Vikings have won 12 straight home games against Ohio opponents going back to the 2007-08 campaign. Finally, the win over Robert Morris on Monday was CSU's eighth straight win in the Wolstein Center, six of which have come this season.

LONG DISTANCE SHOOTING: After shooting just .288 from three-point and making seven or less treys (5.3 avg.) over the previous seven games, the Vikings broke out of their long- range shooting slump on Thursday night by making 10 of their 14 three-point attempts (.714). The shooting percentage is the third best effort in school history (five or more makes in a game) while the 10 treys is 11th best.

WHAT'S THAT TAPE FOR? Viking fans have inquired about the purpose of the multi-colored tape strips that they have seen on various parts of the players. It is part of a taping regime used by first year CSU head athletic trainer Chris Lacsamana called "Kinesio Taping". It is used to give free range of motion in order to allow the body's muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically. When an athlete is injured, the space between the muscle and skin is compressed due to inflammation, swelling, and stiffness, limiting the flow of lymphatic fluid through the muscle which then results in pain. The kinesio tape lifts the skin up from muscle and fascia and it allows the flow of lymphatic fluid through the muscle. The tape doesn't allow the muscle to over stretch itself so it helps to reduce pain, swelling, and it can promote healing. It can used for a number of different injuries depending on the ef- fect that you want to achieve, whether its to reduce swelling, pain, or not to let the muscle over contract.

COLE PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Norris Cole has opened his senior campaign on an offensive tear, scoring 19 points or more in eight of the nine games to lead the Horizon League with a 22.0 scoring average. He scored 24 points in the win over Bryant on Nov. 12, 25 points against Iona and 21 vs. Kent State. In his most recent outings, he tallied a season-high 29 points in the win over Robert Morris on Monday and 26 at Green Bay on Thursday, giving him 24 career games of 20 points or better (five this year). He has raised his CSU career scoring total to 1,396 points to move into 11th place on the CSU chart. Cole needs seven more points to pass 10th place Eric Mudd (1,402 from 1983-88).

HARMON FREE THROW STREAK ENDS AT 29: Junior guard Trevon Harmon saw his consecutive free throws made streak come to an end at 29 against Kent State on Nov. 14 when he missed a free throw in the final minute. Prior to that miss, Harmon had made all six of his free throw attempts this sea- son and the final 23 from last season to give him the second highest total in school history. He fell three free throws shy of Damon Stringer's school record of 32 set in 1999-2000. His 29 free throw makes surpassed the 27 straight made by both Ken McFadden (1986-87) and Jack Shaughnessy (1949-50). Harmon is 24-for-31 from the line this year (.774).

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 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds a game with four blocks. Woods tallied 10 points in 16 minutes against Bryant on Nov. 12, his second career double figure scoring effort during the regular season, and he set a career high with six rebounds at Louisiana on Nov. 19.    On Thursday, he scored nine points in the win at Green Bay. 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 second in the league, shooting .733 from the stripe (173-236).

. . . AND FOUL SUCCESS DURING CRUNCH TIME: CSU continues to perform well from the foul line in the last five minutes of games, shooting .845 as a team (60-71) through the first nine games. 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 Thusday night, 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 sopho- more 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 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.4 minutes a game while playing some steady defense.

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. Scor- ing has never been a problem for Harmon, who has 510 points in 61 career games (8.4 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 re- bounds for Trey Harmon against Iona was just one of a handful of strong rebounding efforts this year by the Viking junior. Through nine games, Harmon is averaging 4.7 rebounds a game to rank third on the team behind Norris Cole and Aaron Pogue. He has had three games of six rebounds or more, adding seven vs. Kent State and six vs. Urbana.

A GOOD NDAYE: Viking fans saw a flash of the ability of freshman Luda Ndaye when the Montreal, Quebec native entered the Nov. 13 Iona game with the contest on the line and proceeded to connect on three straight shots to push the CSU lead to 11 with 4:13 left and effectively put the game away. Ndaye averaged 13.0 points a game last year at Westwind (AZ) Prep, play- ing for former CSU graduate manager Bobby Bossman.

IRON MAN COLE: Senior Norris Cole has opened the year by continuing a couple of lengthy streaks that he has had during his career. By starting the first nine games, he has now played in all 113 games in his career to rank seventh on the CSU consecutive games played career chart. He also ranks fifth with 79 consecutive starts. Cole, who has recorded back-to-back 1,000 minute seasons, has played 3,134 career minutes and needs 739 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).

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: The win over Green Bay extended Cleveland State's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 109. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings toppled Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the 107 games since, Cleveland State has gone 70-39 (.642).

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.

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.

VIKINGS TABBED FOR THIRD IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLL: Cleveland State was picked to finish third this year in the Horizon League in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches, SID's and select media. Butler, which lost in the NCAA title game a year ago, received all 48 first place votes to be the overwhelming league favorite with 480 points. Detroit received 381 points to finish second, edging the Vikings (376 points) out by just five points. Valparaiso was fourth (312), followed by Milwaukee in fifth (259) and Wright State in sixth (256). After being tabbed as the league favorite in 2008-09, this is the second straight year that CSU was picked to finish third.

COLE EARNS THIRD CAREER LEAGUE HONOR: After averaging a league-best 23.3 points through the first three games of the season, Viking senior guard Norris Cole was named on Nov. 8 as the first Horizon League Player of the Week for the 2010-11 season. Cole surpassed the 20-point mark in all three games during the first week of the season to earn the honor for the third time in his career.

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, improved his numbers to 7.6 points and a team-leading 6.2 rebounds (8th in the league), shooting .464 from the field (26-56) with five steals and three blocks in the first eight games. He scored a season high 13 points in the win at Louisiana 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.

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.

NEXT UP: The Vikings return home to host West Virginia Tech on Tuesday (Dec. 7) beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.
Oberlin Swim/Wooster Invite 

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Sara Kadi and Jane McIntyre turned in strong swims in the 200-yard individual medley. Kadi took 11th place (2:15.72) with Mcintyre close behind in 12th with a time of 2:16.04.

For the Yeomen, Chris Pickens continued to set the pace for the team by swimming to a 7th place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (4:51.45). Dimitri Macris also made it back to finals this evening. He was 16th in the event (4:59.29).

In the 200-yard individual medley Corey Spiro swam to a 11th place finish (2:03.23) with teammate Dylan Jordan rounding out the final field (2:06.95) in 24th.

"We had some solid performances this evening," said head coach Mark Fino. "We get stronger as we move through this meet. I am looking forward to the next two days."

Prelims start at 10 a.m. tomorrow with finals starting at 6 p.m.

Bokan Q&A 

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What’s strange about Bokan’s basketball success is that basketball wasn't even Bokan’s best sport coming out of high school. He spent three years playing wide receiver for the Bishop Kelly football team, a perenial power program located just outside of downtown Boise. In fact, he was a first-team All-State receiver as a senior and probably drew more recruiting buzz as a gridiron prospect than as a point guard on the basketball court.

For two seasons, both of which resulted in state championships, Bokan caught passes from current Colorado University starting quarterback Cody Hawkins. His senior year, he was honored as one of five Outstanding Scholar-Athletes by the Southern Idaho Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

It only made sense, then, that after a storied career as a receiver in Idaho, Bokan would come to play college basketball in Ohio.

Outside of basketball, Bokan is one of few college students who can say they’ve been a part of a project that will lead to a legitimate medical patent. As a part of the Case Rising Engineers and Technical Entrepreneurs (CREATE) program, Bokan worked this past summer with a small group of students and professors to develop a new device that will potentially reduce the swelling risks surrounding intubation.

These days, Bokan’s main projects include varsity basketball and remaining focused while wrapping up his degree. He’s given a serious look to graduate school next fall, but launching a startup company also is well-within the realm of possibility.

“Ryan is a tremendous young man,” said men’s basketball head coach Sean McDonnell. “He is hard-working, accountable and fun.  Of all the players that we have taken to Brazil, in both 2007 and 2010, nobody made the most of his experience like Ryan did.  I admire Ryan for the way he approaches school, basketball, and life.”

In this edition of, “Spartan Spotlight,” we sat down with the senior guard for a little Q&A. Mostly to figure out what exactly an endo-tracheal tube is, but also to get an idea of how he ended up in Cleveland and what his Case experience has been like so far.


“Oh, it felt great. It was kind of weird in warm-ups going through everything. I played in summer leaguethis year with a few of the guys on the team, but to actually play in our first game of the year was pretty exciting. I was pretty excited for our team too but for me, physically and mentally, I knew once I got past the first game it would be a relief and I’d be ready to go forward from there.”



“It’s a lot different, but at the same time it’s similar in a lot of ways. Being a co-captain of the team this year, I’ve taken on more of a leadership role – both on and off the court. Last year was entirely off the court, which I thought I had some good experiences behind the scenes with coach Sean (McDonald) and coach Jeff (Gorski) and A.J. (Curry). That was great from an X’s and O’s standpoint because you see the little things when you’re not on the court. It’s a lot different from when you’re actually playing, or even when you’re on the bench suited up. So, when you take that side of it and then you take the player side of it – being in practice, in the games, in the action – and bring the two together you can sort of connect the dots between the X’s and O’s and some of the subtleties on the court that we may or may not be fully executing.”


“Yeah, I think it is. I really did learn a lot last year, and that was the goal going into it. I knew I wasn’t going to play at all because I tore my knee, so I figured I’d rehab it as best as I could and get the experience on the coaching side and then come back and have a great senior year.”



“I think I’m a great leader by example and I think I am a vocal leader as well. Like I said, it’s connecting the dots between what’s said in practice and the motivation behind what’s been taught and translating that into what actually happens in the practice and, ultimately, in the games.”


“Coming out of high school I looked for a few things. I wanted to experience a different city and a different culture. I wanted to get a good education, especially for engineering, but I also wanted to have the ability to go pre-med or business if I decided to change. And I wanted to play for a smaller school because it fits my profile and it’s a little less demanding, I knew I’d be able to put more time into extra-curricularactivities and my schoolwork.” 


“I would say coming out of high school, football was probably my best sport. I got the most looks for football, even though I didn’t pursue it the most. But in basketball, I’ve always liked the idea that there are five guys on the court and only 14 guys on a roster. There’s more of an opportunity to make a direct impact and, for me, I think my greatest strength in sports is leadership. As a receiver in football you‘ve got a role, but you can’t lead the team as much just because ofthe dynamics of the sport – you’ve got an offensive set, a defensive set, special teams, etc. I’m a role player on this team now, and I enjoy doing it, but in basketball I just felt like I could have a more direct impact and be the guy other people look to. That’s something I want to take with me throughout life.”


“There are seven or eight specific sequences within biomedical engineering and the one I chose is bio-electrics. In a nutshell, it is modeling electric activity in the body. I do a lot of circuit work, I study neuro-stimulation, but that’s the premise of it for the most part. And I think it’s a great basis for any career. My dad’s in the business field and he told me he wished he had more of a technical background. He’s a big role model to me, so I thought it made sense and I went into the field and I really enjoy what I’m doing.”


“A start-up company. I’d like to work for a smaller design company,whetherI start one up myself or go work for one after I’m out of college. Graduateschool is something I’m going to strongly consider. Ultimately, it kind of goes back to the leadership thing. I see myself as a leader, an entrepreneur, a creative guy and I thinkthat’s where my interests are.”


“Yeah, I’ve got to be careful because it’s still in draft. It’s still patent pending, but it should be filed in a week or two. It’s basically an endo-tracheal tube. The idea is to sense swelling around the tracheal tube when you’re intubating a patient. When you’re taking the endo-tracheal tube out it can be a big hazard in that process if the throat’s going to collapse on itself after having a neck or a head injury where there’s been a lot of swelling. The patient population we’re going toward would be neck surgery patients, who are at risk upon extubation that their throat will collapse and potentially they will die or have to stay in the ICU longer. A lot of bad things can happen. But that’s what I worked on this summer for the CREATE project and we’re going to continue work on it this fall, next spring, and it could potentially spin-off into a company.”