A Page -- Feb. 19, 2010

Cleveland State Men's Hockey Team

Danny Holden has Cleveland State 


club ice hockey going in full force


Feb. 19, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 All Photos courtesy of Chris Spann

CLEVELAND – Among the high school, juniors and youth hockey circles, talk has often surrounded around why Cleveland State does not have an ice hockey team. So many talented skaters over the past 40 years have seen their careers end the day they played their last high school games.

 

For so long, the next-level component inherent in all other sports just was not there. Now that has changed. Cleveland State now does have a viable club hockey team, which is coached by a group f guys including Padua alum Danny Holden, who is also the current head coach at Brecksville High.

 

In all fairness, CSU did have a club team back in the 1970s coached by Lakewood’s Les Wilson. The team played a full schedule and was actually covered by the student newspaper, The Cauldron, with a beat writer under the pseudonym “Sonny Scars.”

 

“They had a team back then but it is nothing like it is now,” Holden said. “That was more or less a team just finding games to play and it was not necessarily organized. Now we have a national sanctioning governing body for hokey. It is treated just like any other sport. Players have to carry nine credits if an undergrad and six if in grad school and maintain a particular GPA.”

 

College club hockey is one of the fastest growing phenomena in higher education these days. The American Collegiate Hockey Association has a tournament every year, which was held in Gilmour Academy’s Ice Arena last year and is in Chicago next month. The ACHA has teams in Divisions I, II and III although not necessarily aligned with the divisions the other sports are. For instance, if a college has a Division I varsity team, like Bowling Green, its club team has to be Division II or III. Contrarily, a school like John Carroll is Division I since it has had a program that is established.

 

Also, there is more interdivisional play. Holden’s Vikings are in Division II because they are relatively new, but he’s scheduling a lot of Division I schools, including MAC schools like Kent and OU and Big Ten Schools like Penn State, Ohio State and Illinois, along with smaller schools like the Robert Morris in Pennsylvania and the Robert Morris in Illinois but are still strong hockey programs.

 

“I have some pretty good player on our team, too” said Holden. “One of my guys who graduated from Brecksville (Jon O’Neil) went to a CSU tryout. He called me and told me they have eight players and no coach and would I be interested in coaching. I was actually thinking of playing, maybe taking some classes at Cleveland State.”

 

The ACHA does have eligibility rules but not as stringent as the NCAA. A player does not have to use up his four years of eligibility within five years after he graduates from college. Instead, in Division II, he has 10 semesters of eligibility he can use at any time, which means someone can  play into graduate, law or medical school after already having had a four-year undergraduate career. Someone like Holden, m who is 27, could still play if he wanted to.

 

Also a player on a rigorous engineering or pre-med tract can take off a semester here and there and bank it for later. Some elect to play Oct through Dec. some years and then take the spring semester part of the season off to focus on studies.

 

“I already had a full-time job and am coaching Brecksville on the side, but I came out in August, juggled my schedule and gave it a shot,” Holden said. “I stagger my week so I might have college practice on Tuesday and Thursday nights and high school practice on Monday and Wednesday nights.”

 

It has turned out well. The Vikings are 17-7 and just got done playing a two-game series in an outdoor rink in Toledo against UT, where Holden played college club hockey and graduated from five years ago.

 

Also, he is building. He put out a feeler on Cleveland.com last week and received 28 responses in a few days. CSU has given him support, but a lot of the funds for ice time, travel, officials, etc. have to be raised by the players themselves. It behooves colleges and universities to consider the club hockey option partly because it attracts more male students to school. In 1950, men made up nearly 90 percent of all college students in the States but now make up only 40 percent.

 

After getting alienated from colleges for 40 years partly because of feminist dogma within the curricula, men are returning to college thanks to the additions of masculine sports like hockey and football. Notre Dame and Lake Erie College’s addition of scholarship football within the last two years has had more to do with attracting male students at large than it has had to do with merely expanding the athletic departments. CSU’s answer to that has been club hockey.

Having a guy like Holden so close in age to the players to coach the team helps build rapport and more importantly keep the guys in school. He has 25 players on the CSU roster, most of them who either played Red Division high school hockey, AAA or Junior A or B before coming to CSU.

 

“I don’t know why it has taken so long to get a team, but I am happy to be one of the founders who are helping to move along the program,” Holden said. “I think it is a laziness issue. A lot of guys don’t want to put in the time to do this”

 

Most of the players are more mature and are not as challenged as they might otherwise be to remain eligible. Holden does not have a freshman on the team under the age of 21. Holden has never had a player at either Brecksville or CSU become ineligible because of grades.


Chagrin advances to 

sectional semis against 

Hudson with 19-0 

quarterfinal win over West 

G.; Hamori scores five goals


 Feb. 19, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

KENT – Chagrin Falls wasted no time in moving to the next step of state hockey tournament by Charging out to an 11-0 lead over West Geauga tonight in the first period of its sectional quarterfinal game here in the college’s ice rink.

 

After the ice cut was skipped and the second period went to a running-time format, the Tigers went on to secure a 19-0 win to earn the right to Sunday’s sectional semifinal against Hudson.

 

The Explorers, co-runners up with Shaker Heights in the Red East, drew a bye in the first round. The Tiger-Explorer match-up is slated for 1:15, the second game of a triple header that day.

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The winner of that game will meet Sunday’s Gilmour-Solon winner in the sectional championship a week from tomorrow. The district’s No. 2 seed Gilmour also received a bye in the first round. The Lancers-Comets meeting will be the third game of Sunday’s triple header. Cleveland Heights and Kenston will meet at 11 a.m.

 

“It’s nice to get a game instead of taking a bye; at least we came out with everyone healthy,” Chagrin coach Valentino Hernandez said. “You hate to see a 19-0 score but we can’t tell them to strop scoring. It is part of the game.”

 

Even though it moved up to the White this year, Chagrin did have to play West G earlier this year in the Chagrin Valley Conference Tournament.

 

“They were better last year when they had a pretty good goalie,” Hernandez said. “A lot of these quarterfinal games are like this. Maybe they should fix it so that some of the lower division Blue teams have more play-in games against one another so they at least have a good game to start off and then have the best of those rise to the top to play the better Blue teams, White teams and Red teams.”

 

Hudson and Chagrin have met three times this year. Chagrin won two of the three. Chagrin joined Solon and Kenston in moving up to the White this year and collectively they took the top three spots in the White East.

 

“It would have been nice if Mayfield would have moved up with us, but they at least wound up winning the Baron Cup III,” said Hernandez.

 

Kevin Hamori, who had a hat trick before the first period was half over, wound up with five goals. Geo Chapman also wound up with a hat trick. Matt O’Hearn, Ted Clements, and Pete Kampf each had two goals. Alastair Mitchell, Jack Campbell, Matt Markley, Steve Epprecht, and Kyle Relyea also scored goals.

 

Christian Lange, Mitchell, O’Hearn, and Hamori had playmakers.

 

Seth Martin had 22 saves for West G.


Solon scores a baker's 

dozen of goals to earn the 

right to play Gilmour in 

hockey sectional semifinal 

Sunday


Feb. 19, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

KENT – In the second game of tonight’s triple header, Solon advanced to Sunday’s sectional semifinal game against Gilmour with a 13-0 win over Brush in a quarterfinal game here in the college’s ice arena.

 

Solon had built a 4-0 lead by the midway point of the first period. Jordan Manias started it with a goal at 1:11, followed by a Nate Lapin goal at 5:36, an Alex Kaniega tally at 6:02 and John Hannah lamp lighter at 7:45.

 

Even in the power play, Brush could not manage much as Jake Pierce scored a shorthander at 9:16 to make it 5-0. Solon had a 7-0 lead after one and then the decision was made to go to running time for the second period once the Comets reached a 10-goal lead.

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 Eric Pohle

Eric Pohle scored a short hander in the third minute of the second to make it 9-0.   Then Spencer Wein’s goal at 5:01 brought it to 10 and triggered the running clock.

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 Joe Littman

Lapin, Joe Littman and Pohle each wound up with two goals.

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Garnering assists for Solon were Gordie Hammond, Matt Hudzinski, Nate Lapin, Adam Weisfeld, Karl Pierce, Sam Camiener, Wien, Manias, Pierce, Sam Littman, Jason Morel, Mitch Neides, Nick Papa, and Hannah.

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 Wien

“I really don’t think it does much for the smaller programs to have to play games like this,” said Solon assistant coach Howie Wolsky. “A kid could feel embarrassed from having to come down and lose like that. It would do them much better to play someone closer in talent and skill. It doesn’t do us much good either. We hawe have to turn around now and in two days play a private school that has a prep program. They have too many byes here.”

 

Solon did not go as far in the Baron Cup this year as it did last and the extra game could have nixed a long layover, but the Comets had a week off with the late quarterfinal anyway.

 

Brush won three more games than it did last year, was 10-goal ruled seven fewer times this year than last and had five more games this year than last in which if gave up five or fewer goals in a game.

 

“Our small victory tonight would have been to get an ice cut between the first and second periods,” joked Brush coach Bob Hasinski. “If we could have kept it to six goals, we could have gotten it. Shucks.”

 

In all seriousness, Hasinski lost four of his players last month and was down to a roster of 11 players. However, he is getting a AAA player to return to school and another proven Bantam player.

 

“We are building toward small victories at a time,” Hasinski said. “We are getting a good fan base. We had 200 fans at one game. The community is getting behind us. They want hockey to grow at our school.”

 

Gabe Colwell had 28 saves for Brush.

 

“At least it gave some of our freshmen, our fourth line, to see more ice time than usual,” Wolsky said.

Mentor wins sectional semifinal to 

earn the right to play US in sectional 

finals


Feb. 19, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

KENT – In the third game tonight here, a sectional semifinal, Mentor eliminated Orange, 5-2, to advance to next Friday’s sectional championship game against tomorrow’s University School-Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy winner.

 

Mentor went on the offence quickly, taking a 1-0 lead at 1:42 of the first period on a goal by Jake Fisher that was assisted by Drew Cuthbert and Andrew Preis.

 

After killing an Orange power play, Mentor made it 2-0 at 7:17 of the first on a lamp lighter by Tony Blank that was assisted by DJ Garin.

 

Mentor killed three Orange power plays in the first period and maintained the 2-0 lead with two stanzas left to complete.

 

After getting outshot by on 8-6 in the first period, Orange had flashes of making a comeback in the final two periods and posting an upset, but the Cardinals were adamant in never giving up the lead they built in the first period.

 

Preis scored a couple goals and Walker Nebelski also joined the goal-scoring charts for the Cards.

 

Brian Joseph scored both of Orange’s goals.

 

Jimmy Wallette, John Blomstrom and Matt Kelley picked up assists for Mentor. Cory Bonda and Mitch Joseph had the Orange assists.

 

Connor Britain had 21 saves for Mentor and Pete Shapiro 29 for Orange.


Mount Union Women's Swimming Set Three More Records on Second Day of OAC Championships; Women in 3rd Place, Men 4th Entering Final Day

By Lenny Reich

(AKRON, OH)--Mount Union's men's and women's swimming and diving teams are competing at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at The University of Akron.  The Mount Union women's team is in third place setting setting six new school records and the men's team is in fourth.

Ohio Northern's women lead after two days with 164.5 points, John Carroll is in second with 145 points while Mount Union is close behind with 130 points in third.  Wilmington is in fourth with 49 points and Baldwin-Wallace rounds out the field with 39.5 points.

On the men's side, Ohio Northern has 211 points and a commanding lead over second place John Carroll (125).  Baldwin-Wallace in third with 86 points is just four points ahead of Mount Union (82), while Wilmington is in fifth with 40 points.

The top three individuals and top two relays in each event earn All-OAC honors.

The Purple Raider women's team continued its assault on the school record books.  One day after setting three records, Mount Union set three more marks on day two.

Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley) won the OAC title in the 200 Free with a school-record setting time of 1:56.53.

Allison Davila (Middleburg Hts./Midpark) set a school-record in the prelims of the 100 Breaststroke earlier in the day then came back and set a new record in the finals with a time of 1:09.88 to finish third.

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Allison Davila

The final record setting performance came from the 800 Freestyle Relay team of Noble, Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow), Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow) who finished second with a time of 7:58.18.

Harrison also had second and third place finishes in the 100 Backstroke (1:01.57) and 100 Butterfly (1:02.58) respectively.

Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) placed second in the 400 IM (4:49.81) and Mary Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) earned All-OAC honors for a third straight year as she placed second in the 1 meter dive (414.70).

Not to be outdone the men got into the record books as well in the 800 Freestyle Relay as 
Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield), Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor), Cory Bostick (Spring Creek, NV/Moon Valley) and Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) earned All-OAC honors finishing second with a school record time of 6:58.59.

Carlozzi continued another solid meet as the junior also earned All-OAC accolades
 with a second place finish in the 200 Freestyle (1:43.02).

The tournament concludes on Saturday.


Oberlin Runs Well at Greater Cleveland Championships
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By Mike Mancini

Berea, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field teams turned in many strong performances on Friday night at the Greater Cleveland Championships on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College. 

“This was our best overall meet of the season,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimersaid. “We needed a meet like this to help build our confidence with the conference meet quickly approaching.”

Junior Solomon Turner touched the tape first in the 400 meters with a time of 51.35. The Greensboro, North Carolina, native also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a mark of 23.01. 

First-year Alexander Guo added his second triple jump victory of the season by clearing 40-11. 

Sophomore Ben Schild posted a timestamp of 8:52.71 to win the 3000-meter run, while teammate Stephen Williams finished in second at 8:55.34. 

As a team the Yeomen placed fourth in the six-team field with 74.5 points. The host Yellow Jackets won the event with 171 points. 

For the Yeowomen, Amanda Miller was victorious in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.72. 

The Oberlin foursome of Madeline SchultzLaura Vernon, Miller and Marissa Clardy won the 4x400 meter relay in 4:06.49. The same clique also finished second in the 4x200 at 1:48.38. 

Senior Cordelia Revells completed the mile in 5:22.39 and first-year Hannah Combe flew through the 1000-meter run in 3:07.69 - adding two second-place finishes for the Yeowomen. 

Oberlin scored 119 points to finish third overall. Case Western Reserve won the event with 161.5 points. 

Oberlin returns to action tomorrow afternoon at Kent State University.

 


 


 

Drew Aston's goal in second overtime 

allows Amherst to upset No. 4 seed 

Strongsville


Feb. 19, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

Staging a comeback that culminated in an overtime victory, Amherst upset No. 1 seed Strongsville in double overtime last night, 5-4.

 

Junior Drew Aston scored the winning goal in the second overtime with an assist from Kyle Bilancini.

 

The comeback began in the third period. Down 3-1, Amherst pulled to within one on a Shawn Hunt goal and tied it on a Shelby Nieidert goal. Shamus Sorrell put the Comets ahead, 4-3, temporarily in the third.

Amherst plays Southwestern Conference rival Brecksvillle Wednesday for the sectional championship.

Holy Name beat Parma, 10-0, in the other game on the strength of Joe Baker's hat trick. The Namers get Monday's Ignatius-Brooklyn winner in the other sectional final in the same district bracket.



Miami still ranked No. 1; 

Pepper Pike native, Gilmour  

grad Brandon Smith nets two 

goals in win over Bee Gee


Feb. 19, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

 

Miami University’s varsity hockey team has continued on as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation virtually all season, heading into this weekend’s play trying to maintain that standing.

 

In its most recent game, Miami was able to get hefty scoring help from one of its locals as Gilmour alumnus Brandon Smith scored two goals in a 10-2 victory over Bowling Green.

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Pepper Pike native Brandon Smith

 

Smith and the RedHawks enter this weekend with a seven-game winning streak. Moreover, they area unbeaten in their last 22 Central Collegiate Hockey Association starts.

 

In the win over Bee Gee, Miami was coasting with a 4-0 lead only to have the Falcons score and reduce the margin of advantage to three. In came Smith just a few seconds later to score the goal and make it a four-goal lead again.

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Then just six seconds after a kneeing penalty on the Falcons, the Pepper Pike resident registered a power-play goal on a redirect from a teammate’s slapshot. That goal pretty much sealed it, giving the top-ranked RedHawks an 8-1 lead with less than a period left to play.

 

Earlier in the game, Rocky River resident Carter Camper blasted home a goal after taking the puck behind the net, circling to the point and knocking it in in the game’s sixth minute, making it 3-0.

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Rocky River's Carter Camper

 

Camper is the fourth-leading scorer on the team with 32 points on 12 goals and 20 assists.

 

Miami hosts Nebraska-Omaha tonight and tomorrow night.


Softball Clinic at Oberlin 

cancelled


Feb. 19


Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball clinic that was scheduled for Sunday, February 21 has been canceled; however the clinic for February 28 is still on as scheduled. 

The clinic on 28th, which was originally for girls in grades 5-8 is now open to girls in grades K-4 as well. The clinic will run for 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Williams Field House on the campus of Oberlin College. 

To register for the clinic, click here to download the brochure. For additional questions, please contact Kelsey Knapp at kelsey.knapp@oberlin.edu.


Cleveland State looks to snap 

three-game losing streak; 

hosts Toledo in bracket 

busters tomorrow



By Brian McCann

Feb. 19, 2010

CSU Men's Hoops Game 29 Preview:

Toledo (3-24) at Cleveland State (13-15)
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None Live, Streaming available on the internet via Horizon League Network.
Promo: Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night
Family Value Saturday: Free Kid     Zone & Dollar Dogs At Concession Stands.
Free CSU Rally Bandana to first 1,000 Fans (Courtesy of Cleveland Clinic).
Series: Toledo Leads, 6-2
Last Meeting: CSU 77, UT 56 (11/25/08) (Miami, Fla.)

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State takes its final break from league play when the Vikings host Toledo (3-24) on Saturday, Feb. 20 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game is part of the eighth annual BracketBusters, a one-day event that includes 49 games across the nation.  The Vikings (13-15, 9-7) enter the contest having lost three straight games to slip into fifth place in the Horizon League standings.  With two league games remaining, CSU can finish as high as fourth or as low as seventh in the final standings. Toledo has struggled this year under second year head coach Gene Cross, posting a 3-23 record that includes 17 straight losses dating back to early December.  The Rockets are 0-2 against Horizon League teams, dropping games at home against Wright State (66-55) and at Valparaiso (81-49).  This will be the ninth meeting between CSU and Toledo with the Rockets owning a 6-2 series edge.  The Vikings however claimed the most recent meeting, a 77-56 win last year at the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Miami, Fla.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Friday (Feb. 19).  As a team, the Vikings are 13th nationally in steals (9.1 spg), 16th in free throw percentage (.748), 21st in turnover margin (+3.6) and 61st in turnovers per game (12.4). Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 9th nationally in steals (2.6 spg).

BROWN STARTS CLIMB UP STEALS LIST:  With three steals against Milwaukee on Thursday, junior D'Aundray Brown increased his league-leading season total to 73.  In the process, he moved past Eddie Bryant (71 in 1986-87) and into eighth on the single season steals chart.  With at least four games to go, Brown could do some additional damage on the CSU chart.  At his current rate of 2.6 steals a game, he could challenge Kenny Robertson for third place on the chart (90 steals).  In fact, Brown can impact the league marks as well.  Cedric Jackson holds the top two efforts in Horizon League history, a record 112 last year and 88 in 2007-08.



COLE TO PLAY IN 100TH CONSECUTIVE GAME:  When Norris Cole starts during Saturday's game against Toledo, he will be playing in his 100th conscutive game as a Viking.  The streak covers his entire career has he played in 33 games off the bench as a freshman and has started all 65 games the last two seasons.

. . . AND IS APPROACHING 1,000 MINUTE MARK:  With at least four games left this season, junior Norris Cole will most likely become only the third player in school history to record multiple seasons playing 1,000 minutes or more.  Cole, whose 1,213 minutes played last season was the second highest single season total in CSU history, has played 943 minutes in 28 games this year.  With 57 more minutes played, Cole will join Cedric Jackson and J'Nathan Bullock, both of whom accomplished the feat in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.

SOMETHING ABOUT MILWAUKEE:  Although the Vikings have done a great job of taking care of the basketball this season, ranking 61st nationally in the latest NCAA stats by committing just 12.4 turnovers a game, there is something about Milwaukee that makes them do an even better job.  In the two games against the Panthers this year, CSU has tied the school record for fewest turnovers in a game in both contests, committing just five each night.  The total equals the previous mark set against both Utica (1/5/85) and Brooklyn (12/30/82).

FIVE GAMES, 10 DAYS:  Saturday's game marks the end of a stretch that has seen the Vikings play five games in 10 days with CSU being just 1-3 in those contests.  The period started with CSU defeating Valparaiso, 80-71, on Feb. 11 and then dropping a 70-59 game to No. 15 Butler on Feb. 13 and a 74-57 loss at Green Bay on Tuesday (2/18). CSU fell, 69-59, at Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 18) before coming home for Saturday's game.  This is the second such stretch this year for CSU.  In late November, the Vikings played five games in 10 days from Nov. 19-28 with CSU going just 2-3.

FOR BETTER OR WORSE:  Although coaches always claim that turnovers are a key to winning and losing, a look at the trends that have developed this year show that turnovers have no role in a games outcome.  The two items that have played a role in determining wins and losses this year for CSU is halftime score and shooting percentage.  The Vikings are 11-3 in games it led at halftime, losing leads to Virginia, at Butler and at Green Bay, and 1-11 in games it trailed at halftime, coming back from a 39-30 deficit to defeat Milwaukee in Cleveland.  The shooting stats have a similar outcome as CSU is 10-1 in games it has shot a higher percentage than its opponent, losing only to Virginia.  The Vikings are also 3-13 in games in which was out-shot, claiming both wins over Loyola and the home victory over Milwaukee.

HARMON NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  After averaging 15.5 points in the two Viking wins last week, sophomore guard Trey Harmon was named the Horizon League Player of the Week.  In the two games, Harmon shot .500 from the field (11-22), .273 from three-point (3-11) and a perfect six-for-six from the line, adding eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.  He scored 17 points with five assists in the win over UIC and then came back to tally 14 points with a career high six rebounds as CSU rallied to edge Loyola.  Harmon is the second Viking to earn the honor this year, joining Norris Cole (Jan. 25).

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Trevon Harmon

HOME WIN STREAK FALLS:  The loss to Butler on Saturday (Feb. 13) snapped Cleveland State's Wolstein Center school record win streak in home league games at 15.  After losing on a last second shot to Butler in December, 2008, CSU ran off seven straight wins to close the regular season and then defeated Detroit in the opening round of the league tourney.  The Vikings have won the first six games this year to break the old record of 12 games, which was originally set from Jan., 1985 to Jan., 1987.

HARMON FROM THE STRIPE:  Sophomore Trey Harmon has developed into one of the top free throw shooters in the league, making 61 of his 72 attempts to rank fourth shooting .847.  After starting the year making 22 of his 32 attempts in the first 16 games (.688), he has come back to make 39 of his 40 attempts over the last 11 games (.975), including 23 straight.

. . . AND COLE WARMS UP AS WELL:  After going just two-for-six at the foul line in the win at Loyola on Feb. 6, junior Norris Cole regrouped to find the shooting form that made him one of the most accurate shooters in the Horizon League.  Over his last four games, Cole has made 27 of his 28 free throw attempts (.964), including 18 straight.  Cole has raised his season percentage to .801 (113-141), good for ninth in the Horizon League.

COLE MOVES INTO 16TH PLACE ON SCORING CHART:  A 22-point effort against Milwaukee on Thursday has moved junior Norris Cole within 11 points of moving from 16th to 14th on the CSU career scoring list. Cole enters the Toledo game with 1,118 points, five points short of catching 15th place Anthony Reed (1,123 points from 1991-93) and 11 shy of 14th place Andre Battle (1,129 points from 1976-80).  Cole, the 18th player in CSU history to score 1,000 points in a career, reached the milestone in the Jan. 24 win over Milwaukee.  He is only the eighth player to accomplish it as a junior.  In 28 games, he leads the team and ranks second in the league, averaging 16.4 points a game (459 total).

MAC Schools in bracket busters tomorrow


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MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Saturday, February 20
Valparaiso (15-14, 10-7 Horizon) at Bowling Green (13-12, 6-7 MAC)

2 p.m.  • Bowling Green leads series 7-0

•  The Falcons are 4-3 all-time in BracketBusters games but dropped a 71-66 decision to Canisius a year ago. Valpo did not compete in the first two BracketBusters, but are 3-2 in the last five years. Bowling Green is 7-5 in out-of-conference games this year and is 4-1 at home.

 

Buffalo (15-9, 8-5 MAC) at St. Peter’s (15-11, 10-6 MAAC)

2 p.m. • Buffalo leads series 1-0

• During the Bulls’ current four-game winning streak they are beating their opponents by an average of 12.7 points and shooting 53.7 percent from the field. Buffalo is holding opponents to an average of 58 points over the last four games, after allowing opponents to average 86.5 points in the previous six games.

 

Tennessee-Martin (4-22, 1-15 OVC) at Ball State (14-11, 8-5 MAC)

2 p.m.  • Ball State leads series 1-0

• The Cardinals have won eight out of their last 11 games, including two straight. BSU’s Randy Davis has scored in double figures in six out of the last seven games, including back-to-back games of at least 20 points. He is averaging 15.6 points per game during the last seven game stretch.

 

Southeast Mo. St. (7-20, 3-13 OVC) at Miami (11-15, 8-5 MAC)

2:30 p.m. • First Meeting

• This is Miami’s first meeting with an OVC school in the ESPN BracketBuster. Five of Miami’s six previous BracketBuster matchups have come against Missouri Valley Conference schools with its other meeting coming against the Horizon League’s Valparaiso. The RedHawks have been on the road for the last three BracketBusters and have lost their last two matchups. Miami owns a 3-0 record at home in BracketBuster games. 

 

Western Michigan (14-12, 6-7 MAC) at Southern Ill. (14-12, 6-10 MVC)

3 p.m. • Southern Illinois leads series 3-1

• The Broncos ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Northern Illinois, 90-81, on Wednesday behind MAC Player of the Year candidate David Kool’s 33 points, 28 in the second half. The Salukis are coming off a loss at Drake, 79-72, on Tuesday night, but they are 9-4 at home this season.

 

Eastern Michigan  (14-12, 6-7 MAC) at Detroit (15-13, 7-9 Horizon)

3:30 p.m. • Detroit leads series 59-18

• EMU’s 14-12 record this season is the best since the 1999-2000 squad went 14-12 in its first 26 games. The 42-points by Toledo in the 58-42 EMU win Wednesday, Feb. 17, marks the least amount scored by an EMUNCAA opponent since the then-Hurons held Wayne State to 42 points in a 48-42 victory at Bowen Field House, Dec. 23, 1980.

 

Wright State (18-9, 11-5 Horizon) at Ohio (14-13, 5-8 MAC)

4 p.m. •Ohio leads series 6-2

 Through 27 games this year, Ohio’s D.J. Cooper is already among the conference’s top ten performers in a number of offensive categories. He is fi rst in the conference in assists (5.59) and steals (2.74), second in assist to-turnover ratio (2.10) and minutes (35.78) and seventh in scoring (14.6)

 

Akron (20-7, 10-3 MAC) at Virginia Commonwealth (18-7, 10-6 CAA)

4 p.m. • ESPNU •VCU leads series 4-0

• Akron has won five straight, seven of its last eight and eight of its last 10 games. The Zips’ win streak is the longest-active win stretch in the league. The squad posted a season-long six-game win streak from Dec. 12-Dec. 30. Akron is enjoying its fifth-straight 20-win season.

 

Toledo (3-24, 0-13 MAC) at Cleveland State (13-15, 9-7 Horizon)

6 p.m. • Toledo leads series 5-2

• Toledo’s Jake Barnett ranks in the MAC’s Top 15 in four different statistical categories. He leads the team and is 12th in the MAC  with 13.0 points per game. Cleveland State enters Saturday’s contest with a three-gamelosing streak and will be playing its fifth game in the last 10 days.

 

Tennessee State (8-20, 5-1 OVC) at Central Michigan (12-13, 7-6  MAC)

6:30 p.m. • Tennessee State leads series 1-0

• CMU is 4-0 at home in BracketBuster games and has faced TSU just once before, a Tigers’ victory in 1996. A win would give the Chippewas a 6-7 non-conference record in 2009-10, and put the Maroon and Gold back at .500 on the season.

 

Northern Illinois (8-17, 4-9 MAC) at Eastern Illinois (15-11, 9-7 OVC)

7 p.m. • Northern Illinois leads series 45-41

• Northern Illinois will be seeking its second-consecutive win in the ESPNU BracketBusters series, after recording a 97-73 win at Southeast Missouri last season. The Huskies are 1-1 versus teams affiliated with theOhio Valley Conference this season, defeating Tennessee State and coming up short in overtime versus SEMO.

 

Western Carolina (19-9, 9-7 Southern) at Kent State (19-8, 10-3 MAC)

8 p.m. • ESPNU •Kent State leads series 1-0

•  The Golden Flashes have won four straight BracketBuster games and are one of just 11 teams that have taken part in the event since its inception in 2003. Kent State needs just one victory for its 11th 20-win season in the past 12 years.  Only nine other teams in the country have had as many as 11 20-win seasons since 1998-99.

Mount Union to Host 2010 OAC Wrestling Championships TOMORROW at The MAAC

By: Lindsay Rickel, OAC Information Director

Mount Union will host the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)  Wrestling Championship on Saturday, February 20 starting at 10a.m. at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance. Seven OAC teams that sponsor wrestling will compete for the Conference crown: Baldwin-Wallace, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Mount Union, Muskingum, Ohio Northern and Wilmington.