A Page -- Dec. 3, 2011 -- PM Edition

Detroit, Cleveland State continue 

Horizon League play tonight

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State continues the brief opening of Horizon League play when the Vikings head to Detroit for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Calihan Hall. The Vikings are in the midst of playing seven straight games away from home with Saturday's contest being CSU's fifth game in the last eight days. CSU is 7-1 overall and 1-0 in league play following a 45-43 win at Wright State on Thursday, while the Titans are 3-5 overall and 0-1 in league play after a 64-61 setback to Youngstown State on Thursday night. Detroit leads the all-time series with the Vikings, 35-15, including wins in three of the last four games. CSU had won five meetings before then.

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 Montgomeryreturn 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 Mason and 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 DevonLong and Luda Ndaye and freshman Anton Grady add depth to the frontcourt.

IN THE POLLS: With a 7-1 mark to start the season, Cleveland State has received recognition in the national polls for the third straight week. The Vikings earned 11 points in the Associated Press Top-25 to check in 35th overall (10th among Others Receiving Votes). In addition, the Vikings received 20 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll to move up one spot from last week to 33rd (8th among Others Receiving Votes).

VIKINGS SLIP TO #5 IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State fell two spots from third to fifth in the CollegeInsider.comMid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday (Nov. 28) afternoon. The Vikings received 612 votes. Gonzaga received 762 points and 25 first place votes to remain No. 1 for the fourth straight week and was followed by Creighton (740 points, 3 first place votes), Harvard (688 points, 3 first place votes), Iona (614) and CSU 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.

THE POLLS LIKE CSU: Although it is very early in the season, the fast start by the Vikings has helped CSU in the various computer rankings. CSU is ranked 40th in the latest RPI (through Thursday) and 44th in the most recent Sagarin ratings (through Thursday).

FUTURE CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The first of four CSU Hoops Luncheons took place on Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get updates from CSU basketball head coaches Gary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad throughout the 2011-12 season. 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 $96.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.

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.

POGUE NAMED MVP: Senior Aaron Pogue captured MVP honors of the Kingston, R.I., subregional of the Ticket City Legends Classic for his performance in CSU's three games. Pogue averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds to help the Vikings claim the title. He scored a career-high 20 points in Sunday's (Nov. 27) win over Rhode Island, hitting 8-of-10 from the field. In Friday's opener against Boston University, Pogue grabbed 11 rebounds.

BROWN EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS: Senior D'Aundray Brown joined Pogue on the all-tournament team at the subregional over the weekend. Brown averaged 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. In addition, he held two of the top scorers in the tournament down, holding Hofstra's Mike Moore to five points on Saturday and Rhode Island's Jamal Wilson to eight points on Sunday. Both players came in averaging more than 20 points per game.

DEFENSE!! DEFENSE!!: Defense has always been a staple in the CSU program under head coach Gary Waters and this year has been no different. CSU has forced at least 20 turnovers in five of eight games and 19 and 17 in two others, forcing 162 total. As a team, the Vikings rank first in the Horizon League in steals (10.3) turnover margin (+6.1) andthree-point field goal percentage defense (.219) and second in scoring defense (55.6) and field goal percentage defense (.408).

DOWN TO THE WIRE: CSU has had some exciting finishes to start the season with three games coming down to the final seconds. In a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure, Trey Harmon nailed the game-winning three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left. In a 63-62 win over Boston (Nov. 25), CSU scored five points in the final six seconds to rally from a nine point second half deficit. The final two points were scored at the free throw line by Jeremy Montgomery after he stole the inbounds pass and was fouled with 3.4 seconds left. Thursday's Horizon League opener at Wright State was capped with a tip-in by D'Aundray Brown with 0.3 seconds left.

GOOSE EGG FROM LONG RANGE: The Vikings held Rhode Island without a three-point field in Sunday's win (0-8). It was 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 St.

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 on Thursday at Wright State. He scored 135 points as a freshman, 314 as a sophomore and 474 last season.

... AND BROWN CLOSING IN: D'Aundray Brown also has the 1,000 point mark in sights. He enters Saturday's contest with 728 career points and ranks third in the league at 14.0 points per game this year.

MONTGOMERY ALREADY THERE: With his six points against Rio Grande on Nov. 15, Jeremy Montgomery became the 19th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Montgomery, who has 1,052 career points, ranks 16th on the all-time scoring list at CSU. The Vikings have never had three players reach 1,000 career points in the same season.

J-MO'S DROPPING DIMES: In his first season as the primary point guard, senior Jeremy Montgomery has been performing at a high-level. The Chicago native is ranked fourth in the Horizon League with 3.5 assists per game, highlighted by a career-high tying eight dimes in Sunday's win at Rhode Island.

WATERS WINS #275: Head coach Gary Waters earned his 275th career win as a head coach in his first attempt at it with Tuesday's 57-53 win at Kent State. Waters won 92 games in five years at Kent State, 79 games in five years at Rutgers and has 104 wins at CSU.

5-0: The win against Boston University on Nov. 26 allowed the Vikings to improve to 5-0, the second best start in school history. The school record for most wins to start a season is 12, set last year.

BROWN JUMPS INTO TOP 10 IN STEALS: D'Aundray Brown made three steals on Thursday at Wright State, moving into 10th place on the all-time list at CSU. Brown now has 172 career steals, needing seven steals to move past Mike Sweeney and into eighth place. Brown leads the Horizon League and is ranked third in the nation with 3.6 steals per game, making at least two steals in all eight games.

D'AUNDRAY'S BACK: D'Aundray Brown has returned to the CSU lineup in style. After missing last season with a finger injury, Brown has come back to average 14.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and a league leading 3.6 steals. He went for 18 points, eight boards and seven steals in a Nov. 11 win over Vanderbilt, earning Horizon League Player of the Week honors, and came back with a career-high 24 points, nine rebounds and seven more steals in a Nov. 15 victory over Rio Grande. The seven steals represent a career-high. Brown was a member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Defensive team after finishing the season ranked 13th in the nation in steals.

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Thursday's game at Wright State extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 144. 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 95-49 since.

BLOCK PARTY: CSU blocked 11 shots in the Nov. 15 win over Rio Grande, tied for the second most blocks in a game in program history. The school record for a single game is 12 blocks, set on Nov. 11, 2003, against Central State.

GRADY LEADS THE WAY: Freshman Anton Grady did a majority of the damage with six blocked shots against Rio Grande. The six blocks were one shy of tying the CSU single game record of seven held by three players and were the most by a freshman in a game. He ranks fifth in the Horizon League in blocked shots (1.7).

CSU IN THE WOLSTEIN CENTER: CSU is in its 20th season playing in Henry Goodman Arena in the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center. The Vikings are 157-105 (.599) during that span, including winning records in nine of the last 13 seasons. CSU won a school-record 17 home games last year.

PROTECTING THE ROCK: CSU averaged a school-record low of 11.4 turnovers last season, the fourth time in Gary Waters' tenure that CSU set a program low for turnovers per game. The Vikings had 11 single-digit turnover games in 2010-11, including a school-record low of four against South Florida (12/22/10). The 11 single-digit turnover games were the most in school history, breaking the old mark of seven in 2008-09.

J-MO KEEPS PLAYING: When Jeremy Montgomery takes the floor on Saturday, he will be playing in his 115th straight game at CSU, ranking eighth on the all-time list at CSU. Montgomery, who has never missed a game in his career, is also slated to make his 64th straight start.

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 fifth in school history with 162 three-pointers, while Harmon is fifth with 149 makes.

LUCKY #7: Cleveland State's win over No. 7 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 marked the highest ranked opponent that the Vikings have defeated in program history. It was the sixth win over a top-25 team in program history with head coach Gary Waters claiming five of them since his arrival in 2006. Following are CSU's wins over top-25 teams...

at #7 Vanderbilt Nov. 13, 2011
at #11 Syracuse Dec. 15, 2008
vs. #12 Wake Forest March 20, 2009 (NCAA Tournament)
vs. #12 Butler Jan. 17, 2008
vs. #14 Indiana March 14, 1986 (NCAA Tournament)
at #22 Butler March 10, 2008 (Horizon League Championship)

FOR STARTERS: Cleveland State was one of just three Division I teams to have the same starting lineup for every game last season as Norris Cole, Trey Harmon, Jeremy Montgomery, Tim Kamczyz and Aaron Pogue started all 36 games. Four of those players - all except Cole - are back this year. D'Aundray Brown, who redshirted last season after injuring his finger in preseason practice, is also back. He started all 32 games he played in during the 2009-10 season.

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.

CLOSING IN ON 200: With at least 32 games in 2011-12, Gary Waters will become the fourth coach in program history to coach in 200 career games for CSU. He will join Ray Dieringer (360), Kevin Mackey (211) and Rollie Massimino (203). Waters has coached in 176 games at CSU, posting a 105-71 mark at CSU. He trails only Dieringer (149) and Mackey (142) for most wins in school history.

UP NEXT: Cleveland State concludes its stretch of seven straight games away from home when the Vikings play at Robert Morris on Thursday (Dec. 8) at 7:00 p.m. before returning home to host Akron on Saturday (Dec. 10) at 2:00 p.m.

RedHawks Fall at NMU, 2-1

Spinell scores Miami’s lone tally for his first goal of the year



MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan’s Brian Nugent scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to break a 1-1 tie as the Wildcats held on to defeat the Miami University hockey team, 2-1, Friday night at the Berry Events Center. The loss snapped the RedHawks’ (8-7-2, 4-5-2-1 CCHA) eight-game unbeaten streak, as NMU (6-6-3, 3-5-3-2 CCHA) handed Miami its first loss since Oct. 28 while improving to 5-1-3 at home this season.


Despite getting off to a slow start and being outshot, 13-12, through the first two periods, the ‘Hawks finished with a 26-17 edge in shots on goal in the loss. Jared Coreau was strong in net for Northern Michigan, finishing with 25 saves while earning his third win of the year. NMU capitalized on their first power play opportunity and finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage while Miami was 0-for-3 on the power play.


The Wildcats struck first on their power play goal off the stick of Tyler Gron 9:39 into the game. Dylan Walchuk fired a shot that senior goalie Cody Reichard saved, but a scrum ensued in front of the net and Gron gathered the loose puck and skated around a held-up Reichard to put the puck in the net for the 1-0 NMU lead. Following the goal, senior goalie Connor Knapp replaced Reichard, which was planned, as Knapp was set to start Friday but a violation of team rules Friday morning kept him on the bench for the first 10 minutes of the game.


Miami did not trail for long however, as junior defenseman Steven Spinell evened the game at 1-1 just 2:05 later on his first goal of the year. Senior forward Alden Hirschfeld gathered the puck behind the net and circled around where he fed senior defenseman Cameron Schilling, who crossed it along the blue line to Spinell. Spinell then fired a laser through traffic to beat Coreau.


The Wildcats had some good looks to grab the lead late in the second period, one a breakaway off an intercepted pass and the other coming while Miami was making a line change, but Knapp was up to the task each time and turned away the shots to keep the score level at 1-1. Miami had a chance of its own in the closing seconds of the middle stanza but couldn’t poke the puck in with a scrum in front of Coreau.


Despite outshooting NMU 13-3 over the first 17 minutes and change of the final period, the Wildcats stole back the lead with 2:10 left in the game. Jake Baker sent a blast from the blue line through traffic and his shot was redirected by Nugent, past a screened Knapp to put Northern Michigan on top, 2-1. With 1:10 remaining in the contest, the ‘Hawks pulled Knapp, who finished with 13 saves in just over 49 minutes of action, but were unable to get the equalizer past Coreau as NMU held on for the victory.


The RedHawks look to earn a weekend split Saturday when they face Northern Michigan again at 7:35 p.m. to wrap up the weekend series.





Bradley at Central Michigan, 2:00 PM

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The Central Michigan women's basketball team was able to capture its second win in when it defeated Wichita State, Wednesday night, 58-49. The Chippewas used a 16-0 run to close out the first-half to grab a lead that they never relinquished. They will bring their two-game win streak back home to McGuirk Arena for the first time since the season opener on Nov. 11 against Northwestern, in which they fell 69-60.hree freshmen are leading CMU's offense in Crystal Bradford, Jas'Mine Bracey and Jessica Green. Bradford has posted two double-doubles against PITT and South Florida. She is currently averaging 15.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. Bracey is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. Green, who is third on the team in scoring, is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 assists per game. The Braves are also coming off a win their last time out by defeating Butler, 71-63, Wednesday night. Leah Kassing, who is averaging 13.5 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, is leading their offense. As a team they are out-shooting their opponents 40.4 percent to 33.6 percent.


Butler at Bowling Green, 2:00 PM

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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team concludes a brief two-game homestand on Saturday (Dec. 3) afternoon. On Tuesday (Nov. 29), the Falcons exploded for 60 first-half points en route to an 86-62 win over Western Kentucky at the Stroh. No fewer than five BGSU players posted a career-high scoring total in the win over the Lady Toppers. Junior Chrissy Steffen and sophomore Jillian Halfhill each set career scoring bests for the second consecutive game. Steffen, who had 23 points in the win at Detroit, scored a game-high 24 vs. WKU. Halfhill, who had 12 points in the Motor City, scored 22 vs. the Lady Toppers. The Butler women's basketball team will be aiming to snap a four-game losing streak. Butler has had young teams in the past, but no team has had young players on the floor for more minutes than this year's BU squad. Through the first five games of the season, freshmen and sophomores are accounting for 68.3% of the team's total minutes. Freshmen Haley Howard and Hannah Douglas have been starting in addition to sophomores Jenna Cobb and Sarah Hamm.


Ohio at Duquesne, 2:00 PM

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Ohio Women’s Basketball packs up and hits the road for its second trip of the season, as the Bobcats are scheduled to play at Duquesne on Saturday and at Cleveland State on Monday. The Bobcats have made their way to the free-throw line nearly twice as often as their opponents in 2011-12. Ohio has attempted 95 free throws this season while limiting opponents to only 53. Ohio forward Tina Fisher has been very reliable through five games in the 2011-12 season. She has converted 14 of her 28 field-goal attempts to shoot .500, which is the highest mark on the team. Ohio was very effective at getting to the free-throw line against the Seahawks on Wednesday. The Bobcats converted 13 of their 16 attempts from the charity stripe, shooting 81.3 percent for the game. Duquesne has started the 2011-12 season with a bang, winning four of its first five games. The Dukes have been shooting the lights out in these contests, averaging 80.4 points per game on .463 shooting from the field. Defensively, Duquesne has only allowed opponents to score 64.2 points per game but is conceding a shooting percentage of .454 inside the arc and .424 from distance.


St. Peter's at Akron, 2:00 PM 

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Akron is coming off an 84-74 victory at Cleveland State on Nov. 30. The Zips shot an impressive 56.4 percent, led by Rachel Tecca with a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Both Jasmine Mushington and Hanna Luburgh had career highs at CSU, as Mushington seemed unstoppable with eight field goals and 18 points on the night, while Luburgh added 14 points on 5-of-8 from the floor. The Zips have shot above 50.0 percent in their last three games, all wins, and have also dramatically improved their free throw shooting, finishing above 81.8 percent two out of the last three games. In the last four games, Akron has scored at least 79 points. Despite a 6-25, record the Peahens finished the 2010-11 campaign on a strong note, winning three out of their last four contests and dropping the last game to eventual MAAC Champion, Marist, in the Tournament Quarterfinals. This season, SPC is still looking for its first win after opening with four straight losses, three coming on the road. May, a sophomore guard, leads the squad with 8.5 ppg, followed by junior forward Kristal Edwards with 8.3. Six Peahen players average at least 4.8 ppg.


UW-Milwaukee at Western Michigan, 2:00 PM

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