A Page -- Jan. 1, 2012

Ward (center above and No. 20 below)

“You’ll not see nothin’ like the mighty ‘Guins”

VSJA alumnus Ashen Ward leads Youngstown State to upset of Cleveland State in Horizon League play

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRICT) -- Villa Angela-St. Joseph alumnus Ashen Ward came up with some key baskets to lead Youngstown State men’s basketball to a 73-67 upset win over Cleveland State here Saturday afternoon.

Ward scored 15 points, grabbed four defensive rebounds and shot 100 percent from the foul line, 60 percent from three-point range and 57 percent from the field.

With the Penguins trailing by two at halftime, Ward and his mates came back and went on a run in which they scored on eight consecutive possessions, opening up a 52-44 lead midway through the second half on a Josh Chojnacki jumper.

Cleveland State narrowed the deficit to two, 61-59, on a free throw by Cleveland Central Catholic product Anton Grady with 3:23 to go, but a three-pointer by Ward, his third of the game, gave the guests a five point-lead that would never leave them the rest of the day.

A Ward layup gave the Penguins a 66-59 lead and then in the final 47 seconds Ward hit the final four three throws he was called upon to make to seal the victory for the 'Guins.

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Cleveland State trailed most of the first half but it was Jeremy Montgomery who nearly singlehandedly brought the Vikings back in into the game.


The Vikings led briefly at 4-3 in the early going, but the Penguins opened up a 12-point lead by the midway point of the first half, 19-7.


Montgomery’s first of four three pointers in the final six minutes of the first half tied it at 20-20 with 5:22 left in the first stanza.

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Then a three-pointer at the other end by Villa Angela-St. Joseph product Ward at the other end gave the ‘Guins the lead back at, 23-20.

Another three-pointer by Montgomery tied it at 2:29, 25-25, and then a trey by Montgomery finally enabled CSU to regain the lead, 28-27, with 1:41 to go in the half.

His fourth bomb brought down rain and gave CSU its biggest lead of the half, 31-27. At the end of the first 20 minutes CSU led 31-29.

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Lake Erie Falls a bucket short against West Georgia

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (5-5) went toe-to-toe with West Georgia University (13-1), ultimately falling a basket short, 58-56, in the Championship game of the Winter Park Rotary Tangerine Tournament hosted by Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

The Wolves have won six straight games and are the second straight Storm opponent to be ranked in the "Also Receiving Votes" section of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II poll.  Lake Erie defeated host Rollins Thursday, 79-65, in the opening round game.

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The Late Coach Sudeck

Spartans See Winning Streak Snapped versus JCU in Sudeck Tournament Championship Game

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team saw its seven-game win streak snapped in an 86-74 loss to John Carroll University in the championship game of the 2011 Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament on Friday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans conclude the non-conference portion of the schedule at 8-3 overall and will return to action at home on Saturday, January 7 in the 2012 University Athletic Association opener versus rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) at 5:00 p.m.

John Carroll forced 34 turnovers on its way to improving to 8-2.

Trailing 7-2 early on, the Spartans reeled off seven in a row and led 9-7 when senior forward Tom Summers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/summer%20tom%206z6i> (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) nailed a jumper at 16:02. The Blue Streaks came back quickly and outscored Case 17-4 over the next 7:28, moving ahead 24-13 as Mark Hester completed an old-fashioned three-point play with 9:34 left in the half. The Spartans responded with an 8-3 run to briefly get within six, at 27-21, when Summers hit another jumper at 5:39, but the Blue Streaks were able to answer with an 11-2 run en route to building a 46-33 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Blue Streaks started strong and saw their lead grow to as many as 19. The Spartans chipped away and got to within seven, at 64-57, when junior guard Robert Scott<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/scott%20robert%206als> (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) drilled a long triple with 9:35 left to play. Unfortunately, the Blue Streaks were able to withstand the Spartan rally and eventually pulled away, handing Case its first loss since November 19.

For the game, Summers totaled a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, earning all-tournament team honors for his play this weekend. Junior forward Austin Fowler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/fowler%20austin%207uzw> (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) added 13 points and six boards.

JCU was led by tourney MVP Corey Shontz with 19 points, six assists and six steals.

In the consolation game, Waynesburg defeated Regis by a final tally of 64-56 in overtime. Landing spots on the all-tournament team were Larry Alexander for Waynesburg and Lewis Smith for Regis.

Yeomen Drop 2OT Heartbreaker to Anderson

Oberlin, Ohio – Playing for the first time in 20 days, the Oberlin College men’s basketball team put forth a great effort, but in the end they fell just short to Anderson University as the Ravens were able to escape town with an 89-87 win in double overtime.

The Yeomen were led by 21 points and seven assists from senior point guard Josh Merritt, while junior swingman Andrew Foxnetted his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six helpers of his own. SophomoreGeoff Simpson also posted his fourth-straight double-digit performance with 17 points.

In the closing moments of regulation Oberlin was clinging to a 69-67 lead, but a turnover in the backcourt resulted in an Andrew Bowman layup that tied the game with 11 seconds to go. With plenty of time still remaining, Fox had a chance to win it, but his 16-foot jumper from the far-side elbow was too strong.

After the two teams battled toe-to-toe for another five minutes they found themselves tied again at 76. In the first session of extra time it was Bowman again who had the game-tying bucket for the Ravens. Oberlin once again had the last possession but Merritt’s triple-try was off the mark.

A pair of Anderson free throws to start the second overtime marked its first lead of the game since leading 2-0 shortly after the opening tip.  The Ravens controlled the frame for the majority of time as they built up a seven-point lead, 86-79, with just 1:22 to go. However, poor free throw shooting kept Oberlin within striking distance. The Yeomen would get within four two times in the closing moments, but eventually the clock would run out on them.  The Ravens missed seven free throws alone in the second overtime and finished the game at just 50-percent (16-of-32).

In the opening half, Oberlin led by as many as nine, 20-11, and went into the locker room with a 31-27 cushion.

Both teams shot very well from the floor as the Yeomen finished at 48-percent (36-of-75), while the Ravens were a pinch higher at 48.5-percent (33-of-68).

While the Ravens didn’t make many of their free throw attempts, they still made 10 more than the Yeomen due in large part to the wide discrepancy in attempts. OC went to the line just 10 times in 50 minutes of action and cashed in just six.

The Yeomen also lost the rebounding battle by a 48-34 margin. The visitors had 19 boards on the offensive end, which translated into 24 second-chance points.

Phil Hogan led the Ravens with 30 points, while Bowman checked in with 29.

Oberlin returns to action on January 4 at Denison University. Tip-time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Adrian overcomes Hoak's 20 points to down 


Adrian, MI – Sophomore Malisa Hoak scored a career-high 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Oberlin College women’s basketball team concluded the 2011 calendar year by falling to the Bulldogs of Adrian, 57-50, on New Year’s Eve.

Hoak finished 7-of-16 from the floor and was the only Yeowoman to make a 3-pointer in the contest. Rookie sensation Christina Marquette added her sixth double-digit effort of the season with 16 points and tied Kelly Warlich with a team-high seven rebounds.

Oberlin jumped out to an early 9-4 lead and was clinging to a 14-13 cushion with 9:51 left in the opening half, but the Bulldogs rallied to claim a 30-24 lead at the break.

In the second session, Ellen Neumann’s first bucket of the season cut the Bulldogs lead down to three, 32-29, with 14:27 left to play. However, Adrian responded with a quick 7-0 spurt to push the lead back out to 10, 39-29, at the 11:16 mark.

The Yeowomen continued to fight, getting the deficit down to four, 41-37, with 8:35 remaining, but would get no closer the rest of the way.

Oberlin was hindered by a poor shooting performance as it made just 35.2-percent of its shots (19-of-54), including a lackluster 2-of-17 (11.8%) effort from beyond the arc. Adrian checked in at 40.7-percent (22-of-54) in the win.

The Yeowomen will have a quick turnaround as they welcome Heidelberg University to Philips Gym on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Mount Union fifth in Florida wrestling tourney

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The No. 24 ranked Mount Union wrestling team had eight place on its way to a fifth place finish at the Citrus Invitational in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Senior Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West) finished second at 141 and fellow senior Derick Hesson(Dexter City/Caldwell) placed third to headline the Purple Raider placewinners.

The other Mount Union wrestlers that placed were fifth place finishes by freshman Ben Kazimir (Auburn Twp./Kenston) at 141 and senior Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) at 149, a sixth place finish by senior Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 and seventh place finishes by freshman Bryant Roby (Westchester, Ill./St. Joseph) at 133 and senior John Piechuta (Alliance/Marlington) at 165.

Payne Scores 25 Points as B-W Men Beat Alma 

(Mich.), 89-81, in Berea to Improve to 8-3 


BEREA, OHIO  –  Sophomore forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored a game-high 25 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team beat Alma (Mich.) College, 89-81, tonight (Friday, December 30, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. The victory helped the Yellow Jackets improve to 8-3 overall.

In addition to Payne for B-W, sophomore forward Kevin Krakowiak (Holy Name) had 15 points and a game-high-tying seven rebounds. Alma (4-7 overall) was led by senior forward Tommy Erickson’s 19 points and six rebounds.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Win Streak Grows to Six Games with Defeat of Thiel (Pa.) College

WOOSTER, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team won its sixth straight game behind junior guard Alan Sheppard’s (Wadsworth) career and game-high 25 points as the Terriers topped Thiel (Pa.) College, 89-75, tonight (Friday, Dec. 30) in their final game of the Mose/Hole Kiwanis Classic hosted by The College of Wooster in Wooster.  [Game Stats]



With the win, the Terriers improve to 8-3 overall and the Tomcats fall to 7-4 overall for the season.


Thiel maintained a slim lead for the early minutes of the first half, but a 9-0 scoring run by Hiram at the midway point of the period gave the Terriers the lead, 18-12, at the 10:12 mark.  Hiram never trailed again in the game and blew the game open late in the half with a 13-1 run that ended in a layup by sophomore guard Matt Roman (North Olmsted) that made the score 43-27 with 2:22 left to play before halftime.  The Terriers held on to their double-digit advantage the rest of the half and took a commanding 48-33 cushion into the locker rooms.


In the second half, the Tomcats got no closer than 10 points, 51-41, with 18:19 left to go in the game.  Hiram recorded its largest lead of 21 points, 77-56, with 8:08 to go on a three-pointer by Sheppard.  Thiel cut the deficit to 12 points, 87-75, with just over a minute-and-a-half left, but the earlier lead for Hiram was too great as the Terriers went on to claim the 89-75 victory.