A Page -- Jan. 2, 2010

Avon Lake's Adam Schneid to 

be lone Cleveland guy in

Wednesday's GMAC Bowl 

Jan.2, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Avon Lake’s Adam Schneid will be the lone Cleveland playing in Wednesday’s GMAC Bowl when Central Michigan University does battle with Troy in Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Avon Lake's Adam Schneid


Schneid is a 6 foot-5-inch, 261-pound offensive lineman who is in his first year as a Chippewa after blocking for four different 1,000-yard rushers for Dave Dlugosz’s Shoremen.


The CMU freshman was an all-state selection last year at Avon Lake. Used to winning at Avon Lake, Schneid said last year he wanted to continue in a winning program, which was partly why he picked CMU, which has dominated the Mid American Conference over the last five years despite not winning it in 2008.


Schneid wasted no time in being part of a MAC championship team as the Chippewas beat OU in the title game.


Vikings and 'Guins to do 

battle tonight in all-

Northeast Ohio Horizon 

League matchup

Jan. 2, 2009

By Brian McCann

Game 15
Cleveland State (4-10, 0-2) at Youngstown State (5-7, 0-3)
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Site: Beeghly Center (6,300), Youngstown, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland), WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None Live, Highlights on Viking  Basketball Report with Gary Waters, Weekly on SportsTime Ohio
Series: YSU Leads, 36-35
Last Meeting: @CSU 58, YSU 54, 2/18/09
Tickets: Available at Site

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State resumes Horizon League play when the Vikings make the short trip to Youngstown to face Youngstown State on Saturday, January 2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Beeghley Center on the YSU campus.  The Vikings (4-10, 0-2) continue league play on a down note, having dropped four straight games, including successive losses to No. 6 West Virginia (80-78), No. 12 Ohio State (72-59) and No. 12 Kansas State (85-56) in the 10 days around the holiday.  Youngstown State (5-7, 0-3) has begun league play with three straight losses, falling on the road to Detroit (82-71), Wright State (67-54) and Green Bay (75-67).  This will be the 72nd meeting between CSU and the Penguins, the most games played against any Viking opponent, with YSU owning a slight 36-35 series lead.  The two teams split both meetings last year.

F    23    Jared Cunningham, 6-9, 235, Jr., Oregon City, Ore.     7.2    pts,    3.5    reb,    0.4    ast
F    32    D'Aundray Brown, 6-4, 185, Jr., Youngstown, Ohio     7.1    pts,    4.8    reb,    2.7    stl
C    44    Aaron Pogue, 6-9, 275, So., Dayton, Ohio    7.0     pts,    5.9    reb,    1.5    ast
G    3    Trevon Harmon, 6-1, 185, So., Pasadena, Calif.    10.5     pts,    2.4    reb,    2.0    ast
G    30    Norris Cole, 6-2, 175, Jr., Dayton, Ohio    16.0     pts,    1.9    reb,    3.4    ast

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters must quickly incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.4 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fifth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (7.1, 4.8), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (10.9, 1.5 apg) and Trevon Harmon (10.5, 2.0) are back and should vie for a starting berth.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.0, 1.0 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (2.3, 0.5) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (1.0, 0.3 apg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside.  JC transfer Jared Cunningham (7.2, 3.5) has the edge on the power forward spot with redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.6, 2.2) and first-year sophomore Nigel Ajere (6.0, 4.0) also vying for time at the spot.  Sophomore Aaron Pogue (7.0, 5.9) is the starter at center with Latas and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) both being capable of seeing minutes.

COLE NEARS 900 POINT MARK:  Junior guard Norris Cole heads to Youngstown State needing just 17 points to pass the 900-point mark for his career.  He is well on his way to becoming the 18th player in CSU history to score 1,000 career points.  In 14 games this season, he leads the team and ranks fifth in the league, averaging 16.0 points a game (224 total).

COLE KEEPS STARTING STREAK GOING:  When Norris Cole takes to the court against Youngstown State on Saturday, he will be starting his 52nd consecutive game at CSU.  Cole became the 14th player in Viking history to accomplish the feat when he started the Dec. 22 game at Ohio State.  One of three players to start a school-record 37 games last year, Cole is the only player to go from playing in every game as a reserve in one season (34 games as a freshman in 2007-08) to starting every game the next in school history.

A HOMECOMING FOR BROWN:  Saturday's game will serve as a homecoming for Viking junior D'Aundray Brown.  Brown, a Youngstown native who earned first team All-Ohio honors as a senior at Ursuline High School, is the son of Aundra Brown (87-91) and Sharella Thomas (90-93), both of whom played collegiately at Youngstown State.  Brown has not played well against the Penguins, averaging 3.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the three games that he has played.  He scored eight points in his lone game in Youngstown, missing the meeting last January because of a broken rib.

. . . AND GEE REVISITS SOME OF HIS COACHING ROOTS:  D'Aundray Brown won't be the only person on the Viking bench with an emotional tie to YSU this weekend.  Associate head coach Jayson Gee received his first full-time collegiate coaching position from Youngstown State, serving as assistant coach for the Penguins from 1989-93 under head coach John Stroia.  He left YSU in 1993 to become assistant coach at Ohio University, but not before coaching Aundra Brown, D'Aundray's father's during his final two seasons.

MONTGOMERY WARMS UP:  Sophomore Jeremy Montgomery stood out during the Vikings recent three-game stretch against ranked opponents, averaging 19.3 points while shooting .621 from the field (18-29) and .529 from three-point (9-17).  He started the stretch with 13 points against No. 6 West Virginia, including a driving basket with 13 seconds left that tied the game at 58-58.  He came back to score a career-high 25 points, on five-for-eight shooting from three-point, at No. 12 Ohio State, and then finished the run by scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second half at Kansas State.

JAMES & McCOY ARE OUT:  The depth the Vikings enjoyed at guard took a hit in early December when both sophomore Josh McCoy and junior Lance James were sidelined with injuries.  McCoy, who is out for the season after having surgery on Dec. 18 to repair a torn labrum in his hip that has plagued him back into the preseason.  James suffered a Jones fracture of the left foot in practice on Dec. 2 and had surgery on Friday (Dec. 11).  He is expected to be out approximately six weeks.

. . . SO WELLS TAKES THE REDSHIRT OFF:  The injuries at guard have led to the insertion of freshman Anthony Wells into the playing rotation.  Wells, a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was slated to redshirt this year simply because head coach Gary Waters feared that with the number of players ahead of him, that Wells would not play enough minutes to warrant using a year of eligibility.  Wells, who sat out the first seven games, made his Viking debut against Wright State on Dec. 3, playing eight solid minutes, making one steal.  He came back to score six points against Detroit on Dec. 5 and three points vs. Wilberforce on Saturday.  He is averaging 2.3 points a game, shooting .545 from the field (6-11) in 10.0 minutes a game.

"PROTECT THIS HOUSE":  Gary Waters believes that in order to have a championship program, the team first needs to be successful at home. With that in mind, he has chosen, "Protect This House" as the team motto for the 2009-10 season.  With a 17-game home schedule, the second highest season total in school history and the most since 1983-84, CSU can go a long way in achieving another successful campaign by winning at home first.  The Vikings have heeded Waters' advice in the past, going 28-6 in the Wolstein Center over the last three years, a significant improvement from the 25-42 record in the Wolstein Center over the previous five seasons.   The success started in 2007-08 when CSU tied the Wolstein Center record for wins in a season with a 12-2 mark.  The Vikings did that mark one better, going 13-2 at home last season.  CSU is just 4-3 this season at home.

CHARITY STRIPE HAS BEEN KIND:  One strength of the Vikings this year has come at the foul line where CSU is on a pace to challenge the school record for free throw percentage.  Through 14 games, the Vikings have gone 212-for-290 from the line (.731), which is slightly ahead of the record .724 set in 1979-80.  Jeremy Montgomery (31-35, .886) and Norris Cole (58-71, .817), rank third and seventh in the league, respectively, in free throw percentage.  Nigel Ajere (18-22, .818), D'Aundray Brown (9-11, .818), Tim Kamczyc (10-13, .769), Jared Cunningham (16-22, .727) and Trevon Harmon (22-30, .722) are each above 70-percent.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL:  Another area in which the Vikings have excelled this season is in turnovers where CSU ranks second in the Horizon League with a +4.2 turnover margin.  In 14 games, the Vikings have committed 197 turnovers (14.1 tpg), including six games of 12 or fewer.  The season low was set against Wichita State on Nov. 28 when the Vikings committed just eight miscues.  At the other end of the spectrum, CSU has forced 256 miscues (18.3 tpg), including 17 or more eight times.

A BIG NIGHT FOR NORRIS:  Despite playing on a senior-dominated team as a sophomore, Norris Cole showed the ability at times to take over a game.  Now the unquestioned leader of a young and generally inexperienced Viking squad, Cole is getting much more attention this year by opposing defenses but at no time in his past has he ever taken over a game like he did in the win over Florida A&M.  Cole obliterated his career scoring high by 12 points, totalling 38 points against the Rattlers, the eighth-highest single game total in school history.  He was 11-for-16 from the field, three-for-four from three-point and made all 13 of his free throw attempts.  He fell one point short of equalling J'Nathan Bullock's Wolstein Center scoring record (39 vs. Green Bay) but did tie Bullock's 13-for-13 free throw effort against South Florida in 2007-08 as the third-most free throws made while shooting 100% from the line.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?  Junior forward D'Aundray Brown has returned to the floor this season, showing no ill effects from the two injuries that sidelined him for 13 games last season, including the final five games of the postseason.  In the 13 games since coming back, Brown is averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds a game, leading the team and ranking 10th in the league averaging 31.8 minutes a game.  More importantly, he keys the Vikings' pressure defense, ranking second in the league with 33 steals.

IT HAS BEEN A STEAL:  The Vikings have found success predicated on their defense over the last three seasons and the early season results to date have been extraordinary.  In 14 games, CSU has forced 256 turnovers (18.3 tpg), making 149 steals (10.6 spg).  D'Aundray Brown leads the league with 38 steals (2.7 spg) while Norris Cole is fourth with 29 thefts and Trevon Harmon in seventh with 25 steals (1.8 spg).  In addition, Jeremy Montgomery has 18 steals (1.3). Norris Cole made seven steals vs. Wilmington, the seventh-highest single game total in school history.  CSU's 10.6 steals a game is easily tops in the Horizon League.

NEXT UP:  The Vikings play their first league home games of the season when CSU hosts Loyola on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 7:00 p.m. and UIC on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.