A Page -- Feb. 12, 2012

"Cleveland Connection" Strongsville's Tim Kamczyc (L) and CCC's Anton Grady (R)
CCC product Anton Grady scores career-high 18 and grabs a baker’s dozen off the boards but CSU turned back by Butler in key Horizon loop affair

With still a chance of hosting the Horizon League tournament when the week began, Cleveland’s State’s men’s basketball team saw those hopes fade in a 40-hour time span, thanks to Thursday’s loss to league-leading Valparaiso and Saturday’s, 52-49, setback to defending champion Butler.

At the start of this weekend the Vikings had sole possession of first place in the Horizon League, but could not muster enough offense on either home date this weekend in the Wolstein Center to score 20 points in the first half and both times did not have enough gusto for a full second-half comeback attempt and now sit in second place, two games behind Valpo and two ahead of Butler, a Final Four entry each of the past two seasons.

Coach Gary Waters said Thursday’s loss was more crucial to losing the “play money” that was still available for tournament hosting but those hopes have now been completely dashed.

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One bright spot in the Saturday morning loss to Butler was the play of Cleveland Central Catholic product Anton Grady, who scored 12 of the team’s 18 points in the first set of 20 minutes as the Vikings were laced with a 10-point deficit going into the intermission.

Grady wound up with a team-high and career-best 18 points. In fact, more than half of the Vikings’ points on this day would be scored by Cleveland-grown products as Strongsville’s Tim Kamczyc added seven points. The Greater Cleveland tandem accounted for all but four of the Vikings’ first-half point total against the Bulldogs.

The freshman from CCC, who is a strong candidate for newcomer of the year in the Horizon, wound up with a triple-double, hauling down 13 rebounds, including 11 rebounds on the defensive end, to go with his dozen and a half points.

Waters said without Grady, the Vikings would have been long out of this game since the guard play was not too effective in the first half when CSU went 0 of 9 from behind the three-point arc.

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Finally, the guard play came alive in the second half as the Vikings did a better job of handling the ball after a severe case of stone hands and pensive passing in the first half.

Trey Harmon hit all four of his three-point goals in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

CSU led by only once in the first hlaf, 4-2 early in the contest, before finally regaining the lead, 37-36, on Harmon three pointer with 11 minutes to go in the game.

It was one of three leads the Vikings were to have in the second half.

After falling behind by five, the Vikes bounced back to take a 45-43 lead on a Trey Harmon trey with 6:02 left in the event.

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A free throw by Aaron Pogue with 4:45 to go gave CSU a 47-46 lead.

CSU tied the game five times in the second half and had a chance to tie it in the end but could not get a good three-point look to do so.

Butler was led by a trio of double-figure scorers in Rosy Jones (17 points), Andy Smith (11) and Khyle Marshall (12).

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Jones shot 70 percent from the foul line and nearly 60 percent from the field.

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Neither team made a three-point shot in the first half, and Butler went the entire contest without one, going 0 of 8 from downtown land.

Pogue, the CSU starting center, was a non-factor in this game. He missed a few bunnies underneath and shot 50 percent from the foul line, finishing with two points and two rebounds before fouling out of the contest.

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Kamczyc wound up with seven and Harmon with 12 after going 0-1 from the two area and failing to make a trip to the line.

The Vikings were playing without D’Aundray Brown, who was out with a groin injury and might miss the next two weeks.










Spartan Women’s Tennis Upsets Kenyon in Spring Opener

GAMBIER, Ohio – In a matchup of two regionally-ranked squads, the Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team upset Kenyon College, 6-3, in the 2012 spring opener at the Kenyon Athletic Center on Friday evening.

The Spartans, No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, improve to 4-0 in dual matches this season. Kenyon, ranked 12th in the region, drops to 1-1 in duals.

Case swept through doubles competition with the No. 1 duo of junior Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman sister Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) picking up an 8-5 victory versus Amy Schlessman and Amanda Polster.

The Spartans picked up 8-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3 from the tandems of sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore)/junior Kathleen Evers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/evers%20kathleen%20ckvv> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio/William Mason)/freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont).

In singles play, Pham won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 versus Lydia Winkler. Alex Lim was victorious at No. 4 (6-1, 6-7, 7-5) versus Carly Bond, and Evers won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 versus Stephanie White.

The Spartans remain in Gambier to play North Carolina Wesleyan University at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

No. 19 Spartan Men’s Tennis Team Drops Spring Opener at No. 7 Kenyon, 8-1

GAMBIER, Ohio – In a battle of two nationally-ranked squads, the No. 19 Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team dropped an 8-1 decision to No. 7 Kenyon College late Friday night at the Kenyon Athletic Center.

The Spartans were swept in doubles play with the No. 3 duo of senior captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) coming the closest, falling 8-6 to Josh Stiles and Tim Rosensteel.

Sophomore John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) picked up Case's lone point of the contest, earning a 7-5, 6-3 decision versus Jake Matthews at No. 6 singles.

The Spartans remain in Gambier to play another nationally-ranked opponent, No. 12 North Carolina Wesleyan University, at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Martorella Sets New Oberlin Record in the Mile

Boston, MA – Oberlin Sophomore Molly Martorella became the first female in school history to run a sub five minute mile as she clocked in at 4:56.73 in the event on Friday night at the Boston University Valentine Invitational.

“This was simply an amazing performance on big time stage,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “It was truly an amazing effort from Molly in a great atmosphere.”

Martorella’s timestamp of 4:56.73 is the third fastest time in the country in NCAA Division III. It also sets a new Oberlin benchmark, besting Nicky Ouellet who previously held the school record with a mark of 5:01.19 that was set at the same meet in 2009.

The rest of Martorella’s teammates are competing at Baldwin-Wallace University this evening. You can view the results here. A complete recap of their successes will be posted on Saturday.

Cianchetti’s Buzzer-Beater Gives Storm 75-73 Victory At Grand Valley St.

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (16-6, 10-5 GLIAC) senior guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) hit a buzzer-beating jumper from the right elbow to give the Storm a 75-73 road victory over Grand Valley State University (9-14, 6-10 GLIAC) at the GVSU Fieldhouse in Allendale, Mich.


It appeared that Lake Erie would have a much easier path to victory as it led by 11 with 2:28 to play before a 12-1 Grand Valley run brought the Lakers back to even and set up the dramatic finish.  However, Lake Erie did not command the entire way as GVSU led nearly the entire first half and held a nine-point advantage at the break before the Storm opened the second half on a 33-8 run. 

For most of the game it was Cianchetti's high school teammate, senior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) who carried the Storm with one of her best career all-around performances. Wagers had game-highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and six steals and added a team-high five assists in 30 minutes of action.  Wagers was forced to the bench multiple times with foul trouble as was senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).  

Rogers played just six minutes in the first half but scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half and added seven rebounds.  Senior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) contributed 15 points, including four three-pointers, and Cianchetti finished with 10 points. 

Lake Erie LAX slotted eighth

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team was picked to finish eighth out of nine teams in the East Coast Conference Preseason Poll in a vote conducted by the league's coaches released Thursday (Feb. 9).

Lake Erie, which is an associate member of the ECC in men's and women's lacrosse, received 19 points in the voting.  The Storm was picked ahead of Bridgeport University, which they beat 17-2 at Bridgeport last season.  Lake Erie came in just behind St. Thomas Aquinas which was picked seventh with 25 points. The Spartans defeated the Storm 12-11 last season.

B-W Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams 

Compete at Mid-February Meet

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed in the unscored Mid-February Meet (Friday, February 10, 2012) on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center. The meet consisted of seven NCAA Division II schools, six NCAA Division III schools and one junior college school.

For the Yellow Jacket men, senior Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua Academy) finished second in a time of 9:08.15. Freshman Greg Blevins (Mentor) placed fourth in the 5000-meter run, as he crossed the finish line in a time of 16:13.94. In the one-mile run, freshman Geremey Dewitt (Crystal River, Fla.) and sophomore Dusan Vasic (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) placed fifth and sixth in times of 4:40.66 and 4:42.01, respectively. Freshman Dannie Mack (Massillon/Washington) placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles as he crossed the finish line in a time of 8.37 seconds.

For the B-W women, sophomore Lauren Hutka (North Ridgeville/Midview) placed fourth and finished in a time of 11:13.63. In the long jump, freshman Nicole Christner (Minerva) placed fourth as she leaped a distance of 16’5.75”. In the weight throw, freshman Danielle Torr7ence (Canton/South) placed seventh as she threw a distance of 43’11.25”.

Washington Second-Half Run Too Much for Spartan Men to 


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A 15-0 Washington University-St. Louis run to begin the second half of play proved to be too much for the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team as the Spartans fell by a score of 78-60 on Friday evening inside the WU Field House.

The Spartans drop to 9-12 overall and 1-9 in the rugged University Athletic Association. Washington, winner of four of its last five, improves to 16-5 overall and 8-2 in the UAA.

Spartan Wrestlers Third at UAA Championship; Harter All-UAA, NYU Team Champs

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team finished third as hosts of the 2012 University Athletic Association Wrestling Championship on Saturday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

New York University won the team title by virtue of its 2-0 record, while Violet 165-pounder David Rice earned UAA Most Outstanding Wrestler honors. University of Chicago's Mario Palmisano was the UAA Rookie of the Year at 197 pounds.

Case Western Reserve was 0-2 on the day with a 40-6 defeat at the hands of Chicago and a 43-7 loss versus NYU. Despite the losses, senior heavyweight Cale Harter (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) posted a 2-0 record for the day to earn All-Association status for the first time in his career.

Harter defeated Jeff Tyburski of Chicago, 5-0, and Rudy De La Cruz of NYU, 7-1. The senior captain improved his record to 19-11 for the season.

Senior captain Cale Harter earned All-Association honors for the first time in his career.

Also scoring for Case was senior 165-pounder Kyle Weaver (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) with a 3-2 decision over Chicago's James Layton and sophomore 157-pounder Brian Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) with a 12-3 major decision versus NYU's Sam Friedfeld.

The Spartans remain at home to host the annual Si Ostrach Meet next Saturday, February 18 with Thiel College (Pa.), Rochester Institute of Technology (N.Y.) and Muskingum University all in town for a 12:00 p.m. quad.

Case Western Reserve is also the host site for the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Midwest Regional Championship on Saturday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. at Horsburgh.

Slow Second Half Start Dooms Spartan Women in 59-50 Loss at No. 12/17 Washington-St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Junior forward Marissa Miles<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/miles%20marissa%20q0xb> (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) turned in a season-best 10 points, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team let a seven-point lead at halftime slip away in a 59-50 loss to No. 12/17 nationally-ranked Washington University-St. Louis on Friday evening inside the WU Field House.

The Spartans (12-9, 5-5 University Athletic Association) see a four-game winning streak snapped and will continue their final conference road weekend of the winter at No. 2 University of Chicago (Ill.) on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. CDT. Wash. U. improves to 17-4 and 7-3 in the UAA.

The first 10 minutes were tightly contested as neither side possessed a lead of more than three. With the score knotted at 14 at the 9:38 mark, Spartan freshman guard Brooke Orcutt<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/orcutt%20brooke%20bsso> (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) knocked down a three to open a 9-0 run that included a long jumper by junior guard Evy Iacono<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iacono%20evy%20lmlk> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and back-to-back layups by junior center Emily Mueller<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/mueller%20emily%20axdl> (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), giving the Spartans a 23-14 advantage with 6:00 left in the first half. Case maintained that edge and took a 27-20 lead into the lockeroom, ending a half that featured five ties and five lead changes.

Four Yellow Jackets Score in Double Figures as the B-W Men 

Defeat OAC-Leading Capital, 75-64

BEREA, OHIO  – Sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) scored a game-high 21 points to lead four Yellow Jacket players in double figures as the B-W men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference leader Capital University, 75-64, today (Saturday, February 11 2012) in an OAC  game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets won their fourth straight game and improved to 15-8 and 10-6 in the OAC.  With the loss, the Crusaders slipped to 15-8 and 12-4 in the OAC.

In addition to Krakowiak for B-W, sophomore forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 15 points, junior Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) contributed 11 and freshman guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) added 10, including going a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.  Junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/Seminary) came one point and one assist shy of his first career triple double as he recorded nine points, a career-best tying nine assists and a game and career-high tying 12 rebounds. Capital was led by junior forward Spencer Niekamp with 19 points and senior guard Kelly Winter added 15.

Will Scores 16 as Capital Beats B-W Women, 71-39, in 


BEREA, OHIO  – Junior guard Rebecca Will scored 16 points as the Capital University women’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 71-39, today (Saturday, February 11 2012) in a key Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Capital Center. The Capital win ended a season-high six-game B-W win streak.

With its win, Capital improved to 15-8 overall and 10-6 in the OAC and is now tied with B-W in the OAC Standings. With its loss, B-W dropped to 15-8 overall and 10-6 in the OAC. The key to the Capital win was shooting 51.7 percent rom the floor compared to B-W’s 28.3% shooting.

In addition to Will for Capital, senior forwards Hilary Kuhns and Shalena Hawkins scored 14 points each and sophomore forward Jamie Caton had 11. B-W was led by junior All-OAC forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) with 13 points, including three three-pointers.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team Loses at Oberlin, 8-1, 

In First Match of Spring

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team opened its 2012 winter/ spring season today (Saturday, February 11) by losing at traditional rival Oberlin College, 8-1.

With its loss, B-W drops to 0-5 overall when combining its 0-4 fall 2011 record while Oberlin improved to 2-1 overall.

In singles play, junior Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Elyria Catholic) was the lone victor for the Yellow Jacket’s defeating Oberlin’s Grace Porter, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles action, the team of Mittler and sophomore Morgan Baker (Vermilion /Elyria Catholic) fought hard for B-W, but came up short, 8-5, against the duo of Porter and Finley Gates.

Lake Erie College Basketball Taking Breast Cancer by Storm Feb. 16-18

The Storm will raise awareness and funds as part of the GLIAC Pink Wave effort with home games against Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Now in its third year, Lake Erie College’s “Taking Breast Cancer by Storm” awareness effort hits the hardwood February 16-18 for a pair of basketball doubleheaders as part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Pink Wave initiative.

Fans will be admitted FREE when the Storm women’s and men’s basketball teams host Northern Michigan University on Thursday, Feb. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. and then welcome Michigan Tech University to town on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.  The games will be played on campus at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. 

That Saturday women’s contest could have major playoff implications.  The Storm (15-6, 9-5 GLIAC) currently trails the visiting Huskies (15-5, 10-4 GLIAC), who were the NCAA Division II national runners-up last year, by a game for fourth place in the overall conference standings.  The top four teams will host a first-round GLIAC Tournament game on Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Everyone attending is encouraged to wear pink to support the cause and thought there is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Kay Yow Cancer Fund. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to buy limited edition $5 “Taking Breast Cancer by Storm” t-shirts and $1 bracelets with those proceeds also going to the Kay Yow Fund. There will be raffles, games, contests and prizes throughout the games.

The basketball teams will wear special “Taking Breast Cancer by Storm” t-shirts during warm-ups of those games and their GLIAC road contests during the league’s “Pink Wave” Feb. 9-19.  The shirts were donated to the cause by Reed Activewear in Painesville.  They will also wear pink shoelaces and other accessories throughout the games this month.

 “This weekend in the past has been a great way for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and the surrounding community to get involved in breast cancer awareness and show our support for a great cause,” said Lake Erie Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Operations and Student Development and Senior Woman Administrator Lisa Liotta.  “We expanded the effort this year into the fall and raised a nice amount of money, but this event was the first and is the one that seems to have the most impact. We hope that the fact we have a big game on tap that weekend will draw a lot of interest.”

During the month of October, the Lake Erie football team wore pink-themed accessories and pink ribbon helmet decals for their Oct. 15 night game against Grand Valley State University while the volleyball team wore special warm-up tops for its pink-themed weekend Oct. 7-9.   The Storm soccer teams also sported warm-up tops and accessories supporting the cause for their home contests during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To date, “Taking Breast Cancer by Storm” has donated nearly $4,000 to breast cancer research.  Yearly the weekend sports the largest crowds of the season to “The O”. For more information, log on to www.LakeErieStorm.com or follow the Storm on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lecsports.  

Spartan Women’s Tennis Completes 2-0 Opening Weekend in Gambier

GAMBIER, Ohio – Competing for the second time in as many days to open the 2012 spring schedule, the Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team was victorious by a score of 8-1 versus North Carolina Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at the Kenyon College Athletic Center.

The Spartans, who upset Kenyon yesterday, improve to 5-0 in dual matches this season. Ranked No. 14 in the InterCollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, Case returns to action next Friday, February 17 at St. Mary's College at 7:00 p.m. in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Case swept through doubles action for the second-straight day with scores of 8-2 at both No. 1 and No.3 and 8-1 at No. 2.

In the first doubles position, junior Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) teamed with freshman sister Alexandra Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) to defeat Kristin Seidel and Samia Kacher. In second doubles, junior captain Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) were victorious versus Bristy Parker and Tori Jones. Then at No. 3, freshmanMarianne Bonnano (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) and junior Emily Pham (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) completed the sweep versus Alice Bouchet and Yvonne Kamegne.

In singles action, Erika Lim, the region's No. 2-ranked player, defeated Kacher in straight-sets (6-0, 6-2). Pham, Alexandra Lim, Evers and Patel also earned straight-set victories with Evers and Patel posting 6-0, 6-0 scores at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

Following next Friday's match at St. Mary's, the Spartans return to Cleveland to play at Division I Cleveland State University at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19.

Storm Slips Up In Second Half At GLIAC North Leading FSU

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (8-13, 3-11 GLIAC) led nearly the entire first 20 minutes and trailed by just a bucket at halftime but stumbled out of the gates in the second half en route to a 82-55 loss at GLIAC North leading Ferris State University (14-7, 11-3 GLIAC) at the Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. 

The Storm was led by sophomore center Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) with 17 points and eight rebounds.  Austin scored 12 of his points in the first half, keeping Lake Erie in the game.  At the other starting big man position, senior forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) added nine points and four boards.  

The Bulldogs were led by Kenny Brown with 29 points with Dietrich Lever notching 19 points and Daniel Sutherlin adding 16 points and 11 rebounds. 

Mount Union clinches share of OAC February 11, 2012 

ADA, Ohio -- No. 7 ranked Mount Union clinched at least a share of its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title with a 72-68 win Saturday at Ohio Northern.

With score tied at 65 with 2:28 to play, junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored four-straight points as part of her game-high 22 points to lead the Purple Raiders (22-1, 15-1 OAC) to their 17th consecutive victory.

LaMattina was one of four Mount Union players in double figures as senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 12 while senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) and junior guard Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) each had 11.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Falls to Ohio Wesleyan University


February 11, 2012


HIRAM, OHIO – The Hiram College men’s basketball team lost, 79-73, to Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Feb. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers are now 13-10 overall and 6-8 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops improve to 17-6 overall and 9-5 NCAC.


The first half featured four ties and 10 lead changes with neither team leading by more than seven points. OWU recorded its largest lead of the period of five points, 14-9, at the 13:50 mark. Later in the half, both teams were tied at 28-28 when Hiram went on a 12-3 scoring run that gave the Terriers their largest margin of seven points, 38-31, on a jumper by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with just under two minutes to go. The Bishops tallied the only points in the final minutes to cut the deficit to 38-33 at the break.



In the second half, OWU battled back to tie the game at 48-48 with 13:58 left to play. The Bishops would later take the lead and would have a six-point advantage at the 9:41 mark. Hiram got to within three points on its ensuing possession thanks to a three-pointer by Stefanov to make the score 60-57. But OWU answered with a 9-0 run to record a double-digit lead, 69-57, with 5:37 left to play. 

Hiram came back to get to within five points on two occassions down the stretch, including a 78-73 deficit with 11 seconds remaining following a triple by junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth). But time would not be on the Terrier’s side as the Bishops connected on a pair of free-throws after the Sheppard basket that all but iced the game for OWU and preserved a 79-73 victory.