A Page -- Feb. 23, 2012

Detroit, Cleveland State to start off last 

weekend of Horizon League season tonight

Detroit (17-12, 10-6 HL) at Cleveland State (20-9, 10-6 HL) 
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Location: Wolstein Center (8,500) - Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Video stream available on Horizon League Network and CSUVikings.com
Series: UDM leads, 35-16
Last Mt'g: CSU 66 @UDM 61 (12/3/11)
Tickets: $10, $15, $25
Promos: Black Out; Fans Encouraged to wear black

Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State begins the final weekend of the regular season when the Vikings host Detroit on Thursday (Feb. 23) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. It is a "Black Out" with fans attending encouraged to wear black. CSU has dropped five straight to fall to 20-9 overall and 10-6 in the Horizon League, while Detroit has won five straight to improve to 17-12 overall and 10-6 in league play. CSU and Detroit are tied for third place in the league, one-half game behind second place Butler (11-6) and one game ahead of both Milwaukee and Youngstown State (9-7). The Vikings can still finish anywhere between second and seventh in the standings.

ON THE ROAD: The Vikings have been proving their mettle away from home this season, posting a 12-5 record in those contests. CSU is 11-4 in "true" road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. The 11 "true" road wins are tied for the most in the nation (Iona, Wagner), while CSU's 12 wins away from home are the third most in the country. The school-record for road wins in a season is 13, set in 2008-09. This year's 11 road victories rank second in school history, while CSU's .733 (11-4) road winning percentage is currently the best in school history.

VIKINGS DROP OUT MID-MAJOR POLL: For the first time all season, CSU is not among the top-25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll. The Vikings, who peaked as high as No. 3 earlier in the season, received 79 points and are first among "Others Reveiving Votes".

VIKINGS GET 10 IN THE LEAGUE: CSU's two wins in Chicago (Feb. 3 &5) allowed the Vikings to clinch the fifth straight year of double digit wins in the Horizon League. It marks the first time in program history that the Vikings have won at least 10 league games in five straight seasons. The old mark was four straight, set from 1984-85 through 1987-88.

NCAA STATS: CSU was well represented in the latest NCAA statistical report that was released on Monday (Feb. 5). As a team, CSU is ranked 10th in scoring defense (57.7), 13th in steals (8.8), 23rd in three-point field goal defense (.295), 24th in turnover margin (3.2), 36th in won-lost percentage (.769) and 67th in scoring margin (7.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.367). D'Aundray Brown is ninth in the nation in steals (2.6).

20-20 VISION: CSU's win at UIC on Feb. 5 allowed the Vikings to clinch the ninth 20-win season in program history and the fourth in the last five seasons. Head coach Gary Waters claims four of the 20 win seasons in his six years at the helm. The 1985-86 Vikings set the record by winning 29 games, while last year's team won 27 games, second most in school history.

GRADY NETS CAREER HIGH: Freshman Anton Grady scored a career-high 23 points on Tuesday at Green Bay, hitting 10-of-15 from the field. Grady, whose previous career-high was 18 points at Butler (Feb. 11), added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. It was the most points by a CSU freshman since J'Nathan Bullock had 25 against UIC (Feb. 22, 2006).

AS A STARTER: With senior D'Aundray Brown out five of the last six games with a groin injury, freshman Anton Grady has made three starts and has not disappointed in any of them, including double-doubles against Valparaiso and Butler. In his three starts this year, Grady is averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

... AND CONTINUES STRONG PLAY: Anton Grady has emerged as a strong frontrunner for Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year with his play this year. He is averaging 9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds (8th in league) and 1.4 blocked shots (5th in league), while ranking third in the league in field goal percentage (.566). Grady has upped those numbers to 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in Horizon League contests.

HARMON'S BIG WEEK: Senior Trey Harmon had quite a week in CSU's two games last week, averaging 25.0 points in the Vikings two contests. He began the week with a career-high 27 point outburst at Milwaukee (Feb. 14), hitting 8-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from three-point. Harmon followed that performance with a 23 point effort in Saturday's (Feb. 18) game against Drexel, hitting five three-pointers. His 27 points on Tuesday were the most points by a CSU player this year and the most since Norris Cole had 35 points in a setback at Old Dominion in a BracketBuster game last year (2/20/11).

FROM REDSHIRT TO STARTER: Freshman Marlin Mason has had quite a six weeks. Slated to redshirt this year, Mason had his redshirt taken off when he was pressed into action due to injuries 16 games into the season. In the 14 games since, he has averaged 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, but more amazingly, Mason made his first career start on Saturday (Feb. 18) against Drexel.

STARTING LINEUPS: When Marlin Mason started on Saturday against Drexel (Feb. 18), he became the ninth different player to start a game for the Vikings this year. In fact, the combination of Jeremy Montgomery, Trey Harmon, Mason, Tim Kamczyc and Aaron Pogue was the fifth different starting lineup combination used by CSU this year. A season ago, the Vikings were one of just three Division I teams to use the same starting lineup for every game (Norris Cole, Montgomery, Harmon, Kamczyc and Pogue started all 36 games).

LINEUP AT GREEN BAY MAKES IT SIX: The Vikings used their sixth different starting lineup of the season on Tuesday night at Green Bay when Charlie Lee joined Jeremy Montgomery, Trey Harmon, Tim Kamczyc and Aaron Pogue in the lineup. It was Lee's second start of the season (Jan. 3 vs. UIC).

WATERS COACHES 500th GAME: Head coach Gary Waters coached his 500th career game on Feb. 3 at Loyola. The 16-year veteran is 291-213 overall as a head coach. He went 92-60 in five years at Kent State (2001-06), was 79-75 at Rutgers from 2001-06 and is 120-80 in six years at Cleveland State. He has led nine of his teams to postseason play.

... AND COACHES #200 AT CSU: Tuesday's contest was the 200th career game at Cleveland State for Gary Waters, allowing him to become the fourth coach in CSU history to coach 200 career games. Waters joined Ray Dieringer (360), Kevin Mackey (211) and Rollie Massimino (203) and has a 120-80 record at CSU, trailing only Dieringer (149) and Mackey (142) for most wins in school history.

TREY FOR THREE: With his three three-pointers at Green Bay on Tuesday, Trey Harmon became just the third player in CSU history to make 200 career three-pointers. Harmon, who is third on the all-time list at CSU with 202 three-pointers, joined James Madison (262) and teammate Jeremy Montgomery (204) as the only players in program history with 200 career trifectas.

... AND AT 67 THIS YEAR: Trey Harmon has hit 67 three-pointers this season, the highest single-season total in his career. His 67 trifectas are tied for the fourth most in a season in program history and just four shy of breaking the CSU mark of 70 held by Theo Dixon (2000-01) and Damon Stringer (1999-00).

WELCOME HOME, CHARLIE: Charlie Lee enjoyed his homecoming on Tuesday (Feb. 14). A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Lee impressed the home crowd, scoring a career-high 14 points with two assists. He was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field, hitting his lone three-pointer, and made all three of his free throws.

GAME 121 NEXT FOR HARMON: Trey Harmon will take the floor for the 121st time in his career on Thursday night, the fifth most games played in CSU history. He is just the eighth player in CSU history to play in 120 or more career games.

60 PERCENT: CSU shot .609 (28-46) from the field in the Feb. 14 loss at Milwaukee, the third time that CSU shot better than 60-percent this year. All have come in the last seven contests. It was also the ninth time this year that the Vikings shot better than 50-percent from the field in a game and the first time CSU lost.

FREE TOSSES: One quick look at CSU's statistics and you'll see the biggest difference is at the free throw line where CSU's opponents have made more free throws (451) than the Vikings have attempted (417). In fact, the Vikings have taken more free throws than their opposition in just three of 29 games this year, while opponents have taken at least 10 more free throws than CSU in 14 games.

KEEP `EM UNDER 50: The 70-42 win at UIC (Feb. 5) was the seventh time that CSU held a team under 50 points this year. UIC joined Rhode Island (45), Wright State (43), Sam Houston State (45), Loyola (48 and 47) and Youngstown State (47). The 1933-34, 1935-36 and 2008-09 teams share the school record, holding 11 opponents to 50 points or less. CSU is second in the league and 10th in the nation in scoring defense (58.7).

DIALED IN FROM DISTANCE: Cleveland State has hit 193 three-pointers this year, the fourth most in a season in program history. The Vikings are on pace to become just the third team in school history to hit 200 three-pointers in a season and would join the 2010-11 squad (237) and 2009-10 team (214) as the only teams with 200 three's in a season.

429 AND COUNTING: With seven three-pointers on Tuesday at Green Bay, the Vikings extended their school-record streak to 429 straight games with at least one three-pointer. CSU's last game without a three-pointer was on Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings went 0-for-8 in a 60-57 home win over Detroit.

ON THE MARK: CSU shot 25-of-37 (.676) from the field in the Feb. 3 win at Loyola, the third best field goal percentage in CSU history. The Vikings went 10-of-17 (.588) in the first half and 15-of-20 (.750) in the second half. The only times a CSU team shot better in a game both came in 1979. The Vikings went 37-of-54 (685) against George Mason on Feb. 5, 1979, and were 36-of-53 (.679) versus St. Francis (Pa.) on Feb. 1, 1979.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: CSU committed a season-low six turnovers in Saturday's (Feb. 18) game vs. Drexel, tied for the third fewest turnovers in a game in school history. The school-record for fewest turnovers in a game is four against South Florida (12/22/10). There have been five games in CSU history with five turnovers and six games with six miscues.

ON THE MARK PART 2: CSU's 12 missed shots at Loyola (Feb. 3), matched the fewest field goal misses by a Division I team this year. CSU was the third team to miss just 12 shots in a game this year, joining Norfolk State (Nov. 27) against Eastern Kentucky and Mercer versus Navy on Dec. 30. Of the three teams, CSU attempted the most field goals (37).

OH FOR THREE: CSU held Butler without a three-point field goal in the Feb. 11 loss (0-of-8). It was the 15th time in CSU history that a team failed to make a three-pointer against the Vikings, including the second time this year. CSU held Rhode Island without a three-pointer (0-8) on Nov. 26. Prior to this year, the last time the Vikings did not give up a three-pointer in a game was Dec. 17, 1996, against Youngstown State.

SWEET HOME CHICAGO: Jeremy Montgomery enjoyed his final visit home to Chicago (Feb. 3-5), averaging 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in CSU's two wins. He shot 10-of-17 (.588) from the field, including 7-of-9 (.778) from three-point. In eight career games in Chicago, he averaged 12.8 points and 2.1 assists, hitting 24-of-40 (.600) from three-point.

POGUE GRABS 500TH CAREER BOARD: With his three rebounds against Valparaiso on Feb. 9, Aaron Pogue became the 19th player in CSU history to grab 500 rebounds for a career. He enters Thursday's game with 523 career rebounds. Pogue is the second player to notch his 500th career rebound this year, joining D'Aundray Brown. It is the second time in program history that CSU had two players reach the milestone in the same season.

MONTGOMERY STREAK SNAPPED AT 22: When Jeremy Montgomery failed to make a three-pointer against Valparaiso (Feb. 9), it snapped his school-record streak of 22 straight games with a three-pointer. Montgomery went 0-for-4 from long distance in CSU's win over Rio Grande (Nov. 15), in the second game of the season, but hit at least one three-pointer in every game since, before missing all five of his attempts against the Crusaders.

A PERFECT 10: Anton Grady had quite a weekend (Feb. 3-5) from the field in Chicago as he did not miss a shot, going 10-for-10 in the wins at Loyola and UIC. Grady made all four of his shots at Loyola and all six at UIC. He became the second player from CSU to be perfect from the field in a weekend, joining Tim Kamczyc who went 8-for-8 in home wins over Green Bay (Jan. 20) and Milwaukee (Jan. 22). Kamczyc made all four of his shots in both games.

SIX IN DOUBLE DIGITS: CSU had six players score in double figures vs. Milwaukee (Jan. 22). Trey Harmon led the way with 15 points, while Tim KamczycJeremy Montgomery and Anton Grady all had 12 points. Aaron Pogue chipped in 11 and D'Aundray Brown had 10. It was the first time CSU had six players in double digits since a 113-61 win over Wilberforce on Dec. 12, 2009 (Cunningham, 18; Cole, 16; Ajere, 14; Montgomery, 12; Brown, 11; Harmon, 10).

ALL HE DOES IS WIN: Jeremy Montgomery enters Thursday's game with 89 career wins, tied for third most in program history. Montgomery needs just one more win to tie Norris Cole (2007-11) for second place on the list with 90 wins and two more to tie Ken McFadden (1985-89) for first place on the list with 91 career wins.

STRONG DEFENSE CONTINUES: Strong defense has always been a staple at CSU under head coach Gary Waters and this year has been no different. CSU is ranked first in the league in scoring margin (+6.0), steals (8.5) and scoring defense (59.5), second in turnover margin (+2.8), three-point field goal defense (.317) and third in field goal defense (.417). The Vikings have held 21 of their 29 opponents to under 45-percent shooting from the field.

FIVE OR LESS: The 71-67 loss at Green Bay (Feb. 21) marked the third time this year that CSU lost a game by five points or less, dropping the Vikings to 7-3 in those contests.The Vikings have won four games on their final offensive possession this season. They include... • Trey Harmon hits a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure (Nov. 18).
• Jeremy Montgomery steals the inbounds pass and hits two free throws with 3.4 seconds to play in a 63-62 victory over Boston University (Nov. 25).
• D'Aundray Brown tips in a missed shot with 0.3 seconds left in a 45-43 win at Wright State (Dec. 1).
• Jeremy Montgomery hits a three-pointer with 21.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 69-66 win over Akron.

Bowman Scores 23 Points as Wilmington Men Beat B-W, 76-

64, in Second Round OAC Tourney Game in Berea

BEREA, OHIO – Senior guard Antonio Bowman scored a game-high 23 points as the fifth-seeded Wilmington College men’s basketball team defeated host and fourth-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College, 76-64, tonight (Tuesday, February 21, 2012) in a second round Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.

With its win, Wilmington improves to 14-12 overall and beat B-W three times this season. Wilmington also advances to the OAC semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 23 and plays top-seeded John Carroll University (18-6) in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center at 7:30 p.m. B-W ends its season at 16-10 overall.

In addition to Bowman for Wilmington, freshman guard R.J. Leppert scored 17 points, sophomore forward Malcom Heard II had 13 and junior guard Brandon Candella had 12. Sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) led B-W with 23 points and sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) had 11 points.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at 19:49 mark when junior guard Ben Umbel  (Poland/ Seminary) made a layup. After Wilmington took a 3-2 lead, B-W scored eight straight points, including three-pointers by Krakowiak  at 18:30 and Crowe at 17:36 for a 10-3 lead. The Quakers came right back with four straight points before a basket by B-W junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) made it a 12-7 lead for the Yellow Jackets.
B-W received a foul shot from sophomore center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis deSales) at 12:00, a trey from sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland/ Senior) at 11:31 and another Umbel layup at 10:35 to build its largest lead at 18-7. Wilmington countered with a 15-0 run to take a 22-18 lead with 6:13 left when junior guard Brandon Candella canned his second triple.

B-W Women End Season With, 63-54, Loss to  Capital in 

Second Round of OAC Tournament

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) scored a game-high 22 points but the fifth-seeded Baldwin-Wallace women’s basketball team fell to fourth-seeded Capital University , 63-54, tonight (Tuesday, February 21, 2012) in a second round OAC  Tournament game in the Capital Center.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets end their season with a record of 17-10 overall.  The Crusaders improved to  18-8 and advance to play No.1-seed the University of Mount Union (24-1 overall) in a semifinal game in Alliance on Thursday, February 23 at the McPherson Academic & Athletic Complex at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to Carpenter for B-W, sophomore  guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) contributed 11 points . Capital had three players score in double figures led by sophomore guard Cookie Geroski with 19.  Senior guard Hillary Kuhns, and sophomore forward Jamie Caton each tallied 10.

Capital opened the scoring, 2-0, when junior forward Stacy Timmerman hit a jumper at the 19:13 mark. B-W tied the game, 2-2, when Carpenter knocked down a pair of free throws with 17:43 remaining.
The Crusaders regained the lead, 4-2, on jumper by Kuhns nailed a jumper at 16:43.  After two minutes of scoreless action, Lairson tied the game, 4-4, on a layup with 14:15 left to play.
Capital would respond with a 7-0 run, to push its lead to four points, 9-4, on a pair jumper s by Caton and a three-pointer from junior guard Rebekah Will at 11:59.  The Yellow Jackets snapped the run, 9-6, when senior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/St. Mary’s Central Catholic) grabbed an offensive rebound and followed with the bucket with 9:25 remaining in the half.
The Crusaders would go a 7-2 run to extend their lead to eight points, 16-8, on a jumper by Timmerman at 6:39.  B-W responded with a 10-2 run of its own to cut the lead down to two points, 18-16, on a layup by Carpenter with 2:06 left to play.
Capital would outscore the Yellow Jackets 4-2 over the remainder of the half to take a four-point lead, 22-18, into the intermission.
In the second half, Lairson opened the scoring, 22-20, when she buried a jumper in the paint at 19:22.  The Crusaders got their first points of the half, 24-20, on a layup by Caton with 18:55 to play.
Over the next four minutes, the teams would battle back and forth before junior guard Megan Frisina (Corry Pa./Corry Area) would dial up a three-pointer  to cut the lead down to three-points, 32-29, at 14:21.
Capital would respond with a 4-0 run to push the lead back up to seven points, 36-29, on a jumper and fast break layup by sophomore guard Cookie Geroski with 13:21 remaining.  B-W would respond with a 6-0 run of its own to cut the lead back down to three points, 36-33, on jumpers by Lairson and freshman guard Audrey Smolik (Strongsville) at 12:08.
After exchanging baskets, the Crusaders would go on  8-0 run to push the lead back to nine  points, 50-39, on three straight  jumpers by Kuhns and a pair of free throws by Caton with 7:09 left to play.  The run would be snapped as Carpenter spilt a pair of free throws at 6:16.
The Yellow Jackets outscored Capital 15-13 over the remainder of the game but came up short as the Crusaders won the game 63-54.

Yeowomen fall to DePauw in NCAC tourney

Greencastle, IN – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team had the tournament’s top-seed and the nation’s fourth ranked team on the ropes in the first half, but in the end the DePauw University Tigers proved to be too strong, defeating the Yeowomen, 76-38, in the opening round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night.

Allison Gannon led the Yeowomen with 12 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Kelly Warlich chipped in with 11 of her own, while Ellen Neaumann added seven points

A traditional 3-point play by Warlich with 9:04 left in the first half cut the Tigers’ lead down two at 16-14. Unfortunately the DePauw defense was able to turn up the pressure while ripping off 10 straight points over the next six minutes of action. The home team would eventually lead 31-19 at the break. Both teams shot exactly 33.3-percent in the period, but the Tigers triggered nine more attempts than the Yeowomen as Oberlin turned it over 14 times in the stanza.

In the second half the Tigers were able to pull away as Oberlin went 8:30 into the session before netting its first field goal. DePauw led by 22, 41-19, with just under 14 minutes to play. However, the Yeowomen continued to fight to get within 16, but would get no closer the rest of the way.

The Yeowomen shot 32.5-percent (13-of-40) on the night, while the Tigers checked in at 41.5-percent (27-of-65), which included an impressive 7-of-17 (41.2%) effort from beyond the arc.

The Tigers, who improved to 24-1 on the season, had 11 different players score in the game, led by 13 points from Alex Gasaway.

Oberlin, which will return its entire roster next year, concludes its season with a record of 6-20.

Rocky River's Carter Camper Called Up to Boston Bruins

Former Miami RedHawk could make his NHL debut this week

BOSTON – In a season that has already seen two former RedHawks make their National Hockey League debut, Carter Camper could become the third as he was called up to the Boston Bruins from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday.

Camper joined the team in St. Louis and practiced with the squad Tuesday morning at the Scottrade Center, donning No. 58. The Bruins play at the St. Louis Blues Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET when Camper will likely make his NHL Debut, assuming he is in the lineup. The game will be televised on NESN (New England Sports Network) and Fox Sports Midwest. Camper takes the place of center Rich Peverley, who is out 4-6 weeks with an injury.

"It was awesome," said Camper of his first NHL practice. "I felt good out there. To be out there is a bit of a whirlwind, just seeing some of these guys out there on the same line is humbling."

Camper was the only member of the Providence Bruins selected to the AHL All-Star Game on Jan. 30. He leads the team with 38 points and 24 assists while tying for second with 14 goals in 53 games. He recorded his first professional hat trick just a night before being called up, scoring three goals Feb. 19 against the Connecticut Whale.

At Miami, Camper (2007-11) was a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, two-time All-American and a two-time First-Team All-CCHA selection. He also won CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior, finishing his career with 183 points and 114 assists, both of which rank second in school history. He helped Miami to its first two Frozen Fours in school history and its first ever Mason Cup for winning the CCHA Tournament in his senior year, when he was a captain. Camper totaled at least 40 points all four seasons as a RedHawk but saved his best for last, ranking third in the country with 38 assists last year as a senior while his 57 points were fourth nationally, both of which marked career highs.

Camper signed a contract with Boston as a free agent following his college career on April 7, 2011.

Should Camper make his NHL debut Wednesday, he would join Andy Miele (’11), who made his debut with the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 23, 2011, and Jarod Palmer (’10), who played his first NHL game with the Minnesota Wild Dec. 17, 2011, as former RedHawks to make NHL debuts this season. Five other former Miami greats are currently in the NHL as well, as Dan Boyle (San Jose Sharks), Andy Greene (New Jersey Devils), Ryan Jones (Edmonton Oilers), Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings) and Tommy Wingels (San Jose Sharks) all started the year in the NHL.ksjdjk

Storm women head to Tiffin today

PAINESVILLE, OHIO --  The Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to head into next week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament with some momentum, but the Storm face a very stern test this weekend against the South Division's top two teams.  Lake Erie (16-8, 10-7 GLIAC) travels to second-place Tiffin University on Thursday night, Feb. 23, and hosts front-running and fifth-ranked Ashland University for Senior Day Saturday, Feb. 25.  

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: After trailing by 10 early in the second half, Lake Erie battled back to retake the lead with over seven minutes to go against Michigan Tech. However, the Huskies never gave the lead back over the final five minutes of the contest and held on for a 69-66 win, sending the Storm to their second straight defeat.  Despite the loss, Stephanie Rogers scored 19 points while Alyssa Wagers scored 14 and grabbed eight rebounds and Jen Caiola added 12 and a career-high tying nine boards.  Lindsey Lindstrom and Sam Hoyt each scored 20 for the Huskies, who shot 52.9% for the game and outrebounded the Storm 41-24.  
CLOSE CALLS: Each of the Storm's last seven games have been decided by three points or less.  Lake Erie is 3-4 in those seven and is 5-5 overall this year in contests with a margin of four points or fewer.

PLAYOFF FEVER: Lake Erie clinched a spot in the GLIAC Tournament with its win over Ohio Dominican University on Feb. 4, putting the Storm into the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Lake Erie reached the semifinals of the Division III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Tournament semifinals and qualified for the ECAC Tournament that season.

Cianchetti (L), Wagers (R)

SENIOR DAY SATURDAY: Prior to the start of Saturday's regular season finale against Ashland, Lake Erie will recognize its 2012 senior class.  There are eight members of the Storm who will be playing their final regular season collegiate game that day: Britt Busson, Jen Caiola, Cate CianchettiAllison Pavkov, Stephanie Rogers,Liz Stephens, Alyssa Wagers and Brittany Zele.  The core of that group has combined to win 43 games the last four seasons to become the winningest class in school history. 

WHAT A TURN AROUND:  In its first season in the GLIAC, Lake Erie struggled to a 3-22 overall record and 2-17 league mark.  This season, bolstered by the return of Alyssa Wagers and the addition of Cate Cianchetti, the Storm has shown a 13-game improvement overall to date.    

OPPOSITION POSITION:  Tiffin (18-6, 12-5 GLIAC) matched its record for most wins in a season with an 83-66 win over Central State Thursday night.  The Dragons have won three straight overall and are locked in a dead heat with Michigan Tech for third place in the overall league standings.  Senior all-conference guard Mandy Jaeb leads the Dragons in scoring at 13.5 ppg. and shoots 85.7% from the foul line.  Karli Mast is second at 11.8 points per game. Since dropping its season opener on Nov. 12, Ashland (24-1, 18-0 GLIAC) has won 24 straight games and risen to fifth in the nation in the WBCA/USA Today Coaches Poll.  The Eagles will be the top seed in the GLIAC Tournament and likely have wrapped up a spot in the NCAA Division II Championship field.  University of Dayton transfer Kari Daugherty leads the GLIAC in both scoring (20.2 ppg.) and rebounding (12.7). She is one of three Eagles averaging double figures.

SERIES HISTORY: The Storm has never beaten Tiffin or Ashland.  Lake Erie is 0-8 all-time against the Dragons and 0-6 versus the Eagles.  Earlier this year, Tiffin won at LEC 73-62 and Ashland held court at home, 76-60. 

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm will open the 2012 GLIAC Tournament Wednesday night,  Feb. 29, at a site to be determined. 

Storm men to face Dragons today

Thursday February 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College Storm (9-15, 4-13 GLIAC) at Tiffin University Dragons (14-13, 6-11 GLIAC)
Saturday February 25 at 3:00 p.m.
Lake Erie College Storm vs. Ashland University Eagles (15-10, 10-8 GLIAC)

Where (THURSDAY): Gillmor Center – Tiffin, Ohio
Where (SATURDAY): Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center – Painesville, Ohio
Live Stats (THURSDAY): http://livestats.prestosports.com/tiffin
Live Stats (SATURDAY): http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie
Game Notes: Click Here
Video Broadcast (SATURDAY): Click Here  

LAKE ERIE CLOSES ITS SEASON THIS WEEKEND: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team (9-15, 4-13 GLIAC) closes its 2011-12 season this weekend at it travels to Tiffin University Thursday (Feb. 23) and hosts Ashland University Saturday (Feb. 25). The Storm is coming off a 61-58 loss to Michigan Tech University Saturday. 

Grendel (L), Smith (R)

SENIOR SENDOFF: Saturday's game will be senior day as Lake Erie honors its two senior - guard Brandon Smith and forward Matt Grendel.  Grendel has been a four-year member of the Storm while Smith has been at Lake Erie the past three seasons - playing the last two after transferring from Cuyahoga Community College. 

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie leads the overall series with Tiffin, 2-1, after taking a pair of victories over the Dragons last season by a combined three points.  This season, Tiffin defeated the Storm, 71-66, in Painesville Jan. 14.  Ashland has taken all three overall meetings with Lake Erie, including a 73-54 win this season on Dec. 11 (see pg. 3 for more details). 

OPPOSITION POSITION: Tiffin (14-13, 6-11 GLIAC) is currently fifth in the GLIAC South standings with impressive wins over Findlay and Hillsdale during its current four-game winning streak.  The Dragons have the second and fourth leading scorers in the GLIAC with guards Karl Findlay (19.9 ppg.) and Joe Graessle (18.2 ppg).  Ashland (15-10, 10-8 GLIAC) is fighting for GLIAC playoff position, entering the weekend tied for seventh overall (fourth GLIAC south) in the conference.  The Eagles are led by forward Evan Yates who tops the GLIAC in scoring (20.7 ppg.) and rebounding (11.3 rpg.).

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 12.0 ppg. and 6.1 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in 15-of-24 games this season and recorded his second double-double Feb. 4 vs. ODU with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Over the last five games he is averaging 14.8 ppg. and 7.2 rpg. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

THOMAS' TERRIFIC TWOS: Sophomore Riley Thomas has backed up a solid freshman campaign as the team's second leading scorer at 10.0 ppg.  He currently has 464 points and could be well on his way to becoming Lake Erie's next 1,000 point scorer. 

STORM SWIPING IT: This season, the Storm has averaged 8.4 steals per game, which is second in the GLIAC.  Sophomore guards Riley Thomas and Nate lead Lake Erie with 30 steals as eight players have at least 16 swipes.

HOME COOKING FOR DUDLEY: Sixth man Jamil Dudley has fed off the home crowd here at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center and it has really showed in the Storm's last three home games as he has been their leading scorer with 24 points in the two victories over that time.  Dudley's top four scoring performances this season have all come at home.

No. 6 Mount Union hosts Capital in OAC semis

Nationally ranked and top-seeded Mount Union (#6 in D3hoops.com and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) hosts fourth-seeded Capital in the semifinals of the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Thursday at 7:30 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will alo be LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online with LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS right here.

Tickets will be available at the door for $7 for adults; $5 for seniors; $2 for students; OAC students FREE with ID ONLY OAC LIFETIME Passes honored

The OAC Tournament Champion receives bid to 64-team NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.  The NCAA Tournament consists of 42 conference champions receiving automatic bids, three spots reserved for teams for independents and 19 national at-large bids.  The bracket will be announced Monday at 2:30 pm with an online webcast at NCAA.com 

A new tournament format this season gave Mount Union (24-1) a double-bye to the semifinals while Capital (18-8) recieved a bye to the second round and elminated fifth-seeded Baldwin-Wallace, 63-54, Tuesday night in Columbus.

The Purple Raiders enter the tournament on a 19-game win streak and a 21-game home court win streak that dates back to the 2009-10 season.

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) leads the team and is fifth in the conference in scoring at 15.3 points per game, while leading the OAC in steals (3.4 per game) and third in assists (3.9 per game).

Seniors in guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) are the other double digit scorers for the Raiders.  Wiedt is sixth in the OAC in scoring at 14.0 points per game and is third in the nation in three-point shooting (.475) while Rose averages 11.1 points per game and leads the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game.

The trio have all eclipsed 1,000 career points this season marking the first time in school history that three active 1,000-point scorers have played together.  On the school's all-time list, Wiedt is sixth with 1,188 points, LaMattina is 10th with 1,090 points while Rose is 12th with 1,044 points.  They bring the total to 13 players in Mount Union history with over 1,000 points.

Mount Union leads the conference in scoring offense at 73.6 points per game and is the top defensive team allowing just 55.4 points per game. The Raiders help that defense with a full court press and leading the OAC in steals at 11.9 per game.

Capital has won four of its last five games and is led by senior forward Shalena Hawkins.

Hawkins leads the Crusaders in scoring at 14.2 points per game and rebounding at 7.3 rebounds per game.  Fellow senior in guard Hilary Kuhns averages 10.2 points per game.

Capital is in the middle of the OAC in scoring offense ranking fifth at 64.8 points per game while fourth in scoring defense at 59.2 points per game.


Mount Union has won six straight and eight of the last 10 meetings between the teams including both regular season matchups this season. The Raiders ran out to a big lead, 44-29 at halftime, in Alliance then held on for a 79-73 victory. In Columbus, Mount Union led by four at halftime and opened the second half on a 9-2 run and went on to a 66-57 win. Capital's last win in the series was a 66-64 win on Feb. 20, 2010 in Columbus.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Ends Season With Loss Against Kenyon College in NCAC Quarterfinals

February 21, 2012


GAMBIER, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Kenyon College, 69-52, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 21) in a quarterfinal game of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in Gambier.  [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers end their season with a 9-17 overall record.  The Ladies improve to 19-7 overall and will advance to the semifinal round on Friday (Feb. 24). 


Hiram scored the first points of the game on a jumper by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to grab the early lead.  But Kenyon then went on an 8-0 scoring run to take a 8-2 advantage and never trailed again.  The Terriers hung around and battled to within three points on numerous occassions, including a 34-31 deficit at the 1:43 mark following a pair of free-throws by Shields.  The Ladies tallied the final points of the half on a successful jumper and two free-throws to extend the margin to 38-31 at the intermission.


Kenyon took control in the second half as Hiram shot just 21.7 percent (five-of-23) from the field.  The Ladies outscored the Terriers, 15-4, in the first 10:28 to take an 18-point lead, 53-35, with 9:32 left to play.  Hiram scored five straight points to get to within 13 points, 53-40, but that would be as close as the Terriers would get as Kenyon quickly rebuilt its commanding lead en route to capturing the 69-52 victory.


Kenyon had three players score in double-figures led by Maureen Hirt with a game-high 23 points on seven-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent).  She also grabbed eight rebounds.  Kayla Ernst was second with 16 points and Katie Adlam added 13 points.  Morgan Korinek added a game-high 13 rebounds in the win.


Shields was the lone Hiram player to score in double-digits with 13 points on four-of-16 shooting (25.0 percent) to go along with a team-high nine boards.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Falls to Ohio Wesleyan University in NCAC Tournament

February 21, 2012


DELAWARE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team and Ohio Wesleyan University combined to score 182 points, but it would be the Terriers who would come out on the losing end of a 96-86 decision tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 21) in a quarterfinal game of the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in Delaware.  [Game Stats]


Following tonight’s game, the Terriers end their season with a 14-12 overall record.  The Battling Bishops improve to 20-6 overall and will advance to the semifinal round on Friday (Feb. 24).


Hiram looked to make a statement early beginning the game with a 7-1 scoring run that ended in a jumper by senior gaurd Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush).  The Terriers went on lead by as many as 11 points in the period, 16-5, on another bucket by Watkins at the 14:12 minute mark.  OWU then began to chip away at the Hiram lead and found itself down by only two points on two occassions with the last one being a 34-32 deficit with 6:16 left in the half.  Hiram managed to increase its lead to a more manageable seven points, 39-32, with just over five minutes left thanks to a three-pointer by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands).  But the Bishops would come back again and later took a 44-42 lead at the 1:00 minute mark.  Watkins tallied the final points of the half to even the score at 44-44 heading into the locker rooms.


It would be all OWU in the second half as the Bishops shot an impressive 60.0 percent (15-of-25) from the floor and outscored Hiram, 52-42.  Hiram trailed for the majority of the period, but would battle back to have a slim one-point lead, 72-71, thanks to a layup by junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) that ended a mini 5-0 run.  OWU came right back to take the lead with a 9-2 run to go up by seven points, 80-73, with 5:23 left to play.  The Terriers made one final charge late in the half and cut the deficit to five points, 89-84, with just under two minutes remaining.  But Hiram could not get any closer as OWU free-throws and offensive rebounds sealed a 96-86 victory.


OWU shot 54.5 percent (30-of-55) overall for the game and went to the free-throw line a total of 42 times and ended up shooting 31-of-42 (73.8 percent) from the charity stripe.  The Bishops were led in scoring by Tim Brady with a game-high 33 points on seven-of-16 shooting (43.8 percent), including 15-of-17 at the free-throw line (88.2 percent).  Three other players scored in double-figures with Marshall Morris scoring 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds.  Reuel Rogers scored 13 points and Dre White added 10 points. 


Hiram shot 46.9 percent (30-of-64) from the field, including 17-of-21 (81.0 percent) from the free-throw line.  Individually, the Terriers were led by Watkins who scored a career-high 32 points in his final game on 11-of-23 shooting (47.8 percent) and converted 10-of-11 free-throws (90.9 percent).  He also grabbed 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season to go along with a team-high six assists.  Sheppard was second with 20 points and the duo of Wiegand and sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) rounded out the high scorers with 13 points each.

2012 NCAA Division III Midwest Wrestling Regional Weight Class Preview

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University will serve as host for the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Midwest Regional Championship on Saturday, February 25 at Horsburgh Gymnasium inside the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. More than 100 wrestlers from 10 different NCAA institutions will be competing for 12 bids (10 champions plus 2 wild-card entries) to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship held in March in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

View the official Midwest Regional information site HERE.

125 pounds
Junior defending 125-pound champion Alex Crown of Waynesburg University returns with a 22-6 overall record. Crown was an All-American last season, placing fourth in the nation at 125, and was an alternate to nationals in 2010 after winning the true second-place match. Sophomore Robbie Bidlingmaier of Olivet College is the highest ranked grappler in the bracket and the favorite to earn the automatic bid to nationals despite being a rookie at the event. With a 25-8 overall record, Bidlingmaier is ranked eighth in the nation at 125.

133 pounds
Senior Corey Brown of Thiel College is the defending champion and overwhelming favorite at 133 pounds with a 32-1 overall record. Ranked second in the nation at 133, Brown is Thiel’s only three-time All-American with eighth-place national finishes in each of the last two years and a sixth-place showing as a freshman. Brown recently became the third wrestler in Thiel history to reach the 100-win plateau. Marc Escobeo of Wabash College finished third in the region as a rookie at 133 last season and is 13-15 in 2011-12.

141 pounds
Last year’s regional runner-up, sophomore Josh Etzel of Washington & Jefferson College, and 133-pound runner-up Kenny Richmond of Olivet are the favorites. Etzel is 21-3 in his sophomore campaign and Richmond is 22-12 after moving up a class from last season. Sophomore Wayne Black (33-21) of the College of Mount St. Joseph enters with the most match experience this year and will also be looking to work his way into the championship mix.

Case Western Reserve's Isaac Dukes has a pair of regional titles at 149, but will compete in a stacked 157-pound bracket this season.

149 pounds
Two-time defending champion Isaac Dukes of Case Western Reserve has moved up to 157, but a stacked class remains with Jake Strausbaugh of Wabash and Gage Pederson of Olivet as the favorites. Strausbaugh, the nation’s eighth-ranked wrestler at 149, is 42-4 this season after placing third in the region last season. Pederson, last year’s fifth-place finisher, is 30-9 and the nation’s 10th-ranked grappler at 149. Cameryn Brady of Manchester College, the 2010-11 regional runner-up, upset Strausbaugh last season and has posted a 23-4 record as a sophomore with the No. 7 ranking in the nation ta 149. 

157 pounds
The 157-pound bracket is also stacked with junior defending regional champion Elias Larson of Trine University back as the favorite with a 33-2 overall record. Larson placed third in the nation last season and is the third-ranked wrestler in the nation at 157 this season. Not far behind Larson are last year’s second and third-place finishers, Garett Johnston of Waynesburg and Steven Mena of Olivet. Johnston was runner-up in 2011 and boasts a record of 31-3 this season. Mena was third last year and is 20-11 this season.Thomas Fehring of Mount St. Joseph is also back with a 32-14 record after just missing the top-five last season. Case Western Reserve’s Isaac Dukes should also be in the mix as the nation’s eighth-ranked wrestler in the nation at 157. Dukes is a two-time All-American at 149 at the national champion in 2010.

165 pounds
Junior James Myers of Olivet, the reigning regional champion, and Wabash senior Jake Moore, the regional runner-up a year ago, headline another strong class at 165. Myers enters at 22-9 overall after placing sixth in the nation last season at 165, while Moore enters the meet with a 16-9 overall mark. Also expected to be in the mix is Washington & Jefferson sophomore David Dibenedetto with a 25-12 record in his second season as well as Waynesburg sophomore Sam Lombardo (22-9), who placed fifth in the region last season. Trine senior George Markou was runner-up at 174 a year ago, and has posted a 28-7 record after dropping down a weight class this season.\

174 pounds
Olivet senior Trevor Tyler pulled off a mini upset to win the region last season as the No. 2 seed. This season, Tyler is the No. 7-ranked wrestler in the nation at 174 and enters this weekend’s meet with a 29-8 overall record. Last year’s runner-up, George Markou, and third-place finisher Billy Malicote of Mount St. Joseph, have each moved to different weight classes. Malicote’s freshman teammateNicholas Manning looks to challenge for the weight class title entering the regional with a 30-15 mark.

184 pounds
Returning to defend his 2011 regional title will be Wabash senior Greg Rhoads. The fourth-year Little Giant enters this weekend’s action ranked No. 6 in the nation at 184 with  a 44-6 record. Rhoads surrendered just four total points in his three victories at regionals last season. Mount St. Joseph’s Billy Malicote, last season’s third-place finisher at 174, moves up a class and will look to contend as will Trine’s Jason Alber (22-11) who finished fourth a year ago.

197 pounds
The 197 bracket may be the most wide open of the classes as the top-four finishers from a year ago do not return. Olivet senior Justin Leonard, the fifth-place finisher a season ago, enters action with a 25-14 mark this winter and looks to be a strong competitor to win the title. Thiel senior Patrick Morrisshould also be in the mix with a 25-7 record this season.

285 pounds
Headlining the heavyweight class will be the top-two wrestlers from a year ago in Olivet junior Logan Renas and Wayneburg sophomore Brandon FedorkaFedorka, the No. 2 seed last winter, upset top-seeded Renas in the finals by a 3-1 count. Fedorka enters action tallying a 13-7 overall record whileRenas, the No. 8 nationally-ranked heavyweight grappler, enters with a 20-10 record. Case Western Reserve senior Cale Harter (22-11) also looks to utilize the home-mat advantage and work himself into the championship mix.