A Page -- Jan. 23, 2012

Led by Strongsville’s Tim Kamczyc’s three-point shooting, Cleveland State pounds Milwaukee and ends first half in two-way tie for first

Led by the three-point shooting of Strongsville’s Tim Kamczyc, Cleveland State’s men’s basketball team turned in a resounding 83-57 win over University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday afternoon in the Wolstein Center.

It was supposed to be one of these tooth-and-nail games that was to go down the wire but it almost turned into a laugher as Kamczyc and company shot out the lights and the Vikings put on quite a show in perhaps their greatest performance of the season so far.

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Coming into Saturday’s action, Cleveland State, Milwaukee and Valparaiso were tied for first place in the Horizon League at 6-2. Valparaiso won Saturday over Illinois-Chicago and thus had a half game lead over the Vikes and Panthers coming into Sunday’s play.

Only one team could stay in first and keep a share of it and it appeared as if CSU was by far the hungrier of the two as the Vikings end the first half of the league season at 7-2.

On this Sunday Cleveland State just seemed to do everything right, shooting 57 percent from the field and all kinds of French pastry and alley-ooop passes that converted to points to the delight of the 3,235 green and white partisan fans.

Kamczyc took only four shots on the afternoon. All four were from three-point range, and all four swished through the nets with the fineness of a deliberately composed piece of music.

Coach Gary Waters said that Kamczyc is one of the best percentage shooters on the club and this day was no different. Milwaukee came into the game leading the nation in defense against the three-point shot, but that was before the Panthers met Mr. Kamczyc and his mates in white with green trim.

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In addition to Kamczyc was Trey Harmon, who scored a game-high 15 points and was one of six Vikings in double-figures scoring.

Then there was Jeremy Montgomery who accounted for more than 20 points on 12 points and five assists. D’Aundary Brown was also in that accounting for 20 points zone with 10 points and four assists.

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Aaron Pogue, who has been hampered by injuries, also had one of his best games of the year offensively, scoring 11 points and missing only three shots from the field.

The bench also got into the act. Playing like a seasoned veteran, Anton Grady, the freshman from Cleveland Central Catholic, came off the bench toi score 12 points, making 5 of 8 from the field and 2 of 3 at the line.

Cleveland State had a 13-point lead by the midway point of the first half and never really looked back from there. Milwaukee was able to get it down to eight by halftime, but the second half was for all intents and purposes mop-up time for Cleveland State.

The passing was as crisp as the snack, crackle and pop of breakfast cereal fame as the Vikings scored 22 baskets that had an assist attached to them while Milwaukee put in only six buckets off assists.

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Hiram College Men’s Basketball Upsets No. 21 Wittenberg University

HIRAM, OHIO – The Hiram College men’s basketball team held No. 21 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University to just 28.1 percent shooting for the game to give the Tigers their first conference loss of the season in a 65-51 win this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 21) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]


With the win, the Terriers improve to 11-6 overall and 4-4 in the NCAC. The Tigers fall to 13-4 overall and 7-1 NCAC.

Wiegand (L), Wisniewski (R)


The Hiram defense held Wittenberg to 22.2 percent shooting (six-of-27) from the field in the first half, including 20.0 percent (three-of-15) from three-point range. The Terriers quickly jumped out to a sizeable lead early in the contest and had a 11-2 advantage at the 14:48 mark. Hiram reached a double-figure lead for the first time with 8:03 left to play in the period on a jumper by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) to make the score 16-5. Wittenberg got some offense going with five straight points to narrow the gap to 16-10, but Hiram went on a 12-5 scoring run to extend the margin back to double-digits with its largest lead of the half of 13 points, 28-15, with 1:28 left before the break. The Terriers went on to equal their largest lead with a halftime score of 30-17.


In the second half, Hiram looked to run away with the game in the early minutes and posted its largest margin of the game of 19 points on several occassions with the last one coming at the 11:22 mark thatnks to a three-point play by Watkins making the score 49-30. Momemtum then swung in favor of Wittenberg as the Tigers slowly began to chip away at the Hiram lead and would trail by only nine points, 57-48, with 3:30 left to play. Following a successful free-throw by Hiram to extend the lead to 10 points, Wittenberg pulled to within eights point on a pair of free-throws of its own, trailing 57-49 with 1:58 to go. But that would be as close as the Tigers would get as the Terriers went on an 8-2 run to end the game and sealed a 65-51 victory.


Wittenberg had two players score in double-figures with Josh McKee leading the way with 15 points on three-of-12 shooting (25.0 percent), but was seven-of-eight (87.5 percent) from the free-throw line. He also grabbed six rebounds. Clayton Black scored 12 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds.


Hiram shot 41.4 percent from the field (24-of-58), including eight-of-17 (47.1 percent) from behind the arc and 81.8 percent (nine-of-11) at the charity stripe. The Terriers were led in scoring by Watkins who scored a game-high 22 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent). Junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) was second with 17 points and senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) rounded out the high scorers with 14 points and a team-high 10 boards. In addition, junior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) had a game-high seven assists.


Hiram will next travel to Meadville, Pa. for a NCAC game against Allegheny College on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will take on the Gators at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.

Depth Key as No. 12 Spartan Men Remain Perfect with Victory Versus Allegheny

MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Competing for the first time in almost two months, the No. 12 Case Western Reserve University men's swimming & diving team showed no signs of rust and utilized team depth defeating Allegheny College (Pa.) by a final score of 157-131 Saturday afternoon in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Spartans, ranked No. 12 in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), remain unblemished improving to 9-0 this season in dual meets. Case returns to action on Friday, January 27 when it plays host to cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College in their final home dual match of the winter. The dual, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., will serve as Seniors' Night.

Freshman Alex Haufler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/haufler%20alex%209393> (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) picked up the Spartans initial individual victory in the 100 back touching the wall in 53.81. In the very next event, sophomore Sean Nickley<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/nickley%20sean%20ma1b> (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) stopped the clock first in the 100 breast in 1:00.75. Freshman Eric Haufler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/haufler%20eric%20r0ib> (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) collected the Spartans' third event win in succession, leading the field to the wall in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.82.

A few events later, sophomore Nick Clyde<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/clyde%20nick%20ofnf> (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor) paced the field to the wall by nearly three second in the 200 breast (2:14.37).

In the final event of the afternoon, the sophomore quartet of Clyde, Heath Hudgins<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/hudgins%20william%205i0o> (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill), Scott McHenry<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/mchenry%20scott%20nd0j> (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and Gus Bailey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/bailey%20gus%20hnku> (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) touched the wall in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:27.18.

With seven victories out of the 16 events contested, the Spartans racked up numerous runner-up finishes for the dual victory versus the Gators.

In diving events, sophomore Daniel Jacobson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/jacobson%20dan%20g59f> (Solon, Ohio/Solon) won both the one-meter (306.60 points) and three-meter (279.50) boards for 18 combined team points.

DePaw gets the better of Oberlin

Greencastle, IN – The Tigers of DePauw University lived up to their No. 6 ranking as they defeated the Oberlin College women’s basketball team 78-33 on Saturday afternoon.

The Yeowomen were led by sophomore star Allison Gannon as she finished with a game-high 16 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Most of her scoring damage came at the free throw line where she was 10-of-12. Kelly Warlich also added 11 points for Oberlin.

For the Tigers, it was Ali Ross who led the way with 14 points. All in all 13 different players for DePauw scored in the game.

OC made just 7-of-29 (24.1%) field goals, while the Tigers cashed in 29 shots on 62 attempts for a 46.8-percent success rate. The wide margin in attempts was due in large part to a season-high 32 turnovers by the Yeowomen.

However, the Yeowomen did shoot an impressive 81-percent from the free throw line, depositing 17-of-21 charity tosses on the afternoon.

Oberlin was really overmatched from the onset as the Tigers started the game with a 20-3 run and never looked back.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 15-1 overall and remained perfect in the NCAC at 8-0. Meanwhile, Oberlin fell to 4-13 and 1-7 in the league.

Oberlin will now look ahead to its matchup with Denison University on Wednesday night at Philips Gym. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. 

No. 8 Emory Pulls Away in Second Half to Beat Spartan Men, 70-59

ATLANTA, Ga. – Junior forward Austin Fowler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/fowler%20austin%207uzw> (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) recorded a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, but the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team fell 70-59 to No. 8 nationally-ranked Emory University in University Athletic Association play on Sunday afternoon at the George W. Woodruff P.E. Center.

The Spartans (8-8, 0-5 UAA) continue a four-game conference road trip next weekend with stops at Brandeis University (Mass.) on Friday, January 27 and New York University on Sunday, Jan. 29. Emory (15-1, 4-1 UAA) wins its third-straight game.

Along with Fowler, senior forward Tom Summers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/summer%20tom%206z6i> (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) scored 15, while sophomore center David Thompson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/thompson%20david%206iaw> (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) just missed his fifth double-double with nine points and nine boards.

Case jumped out to early leads of 6-0 at 18:08 and 11-3 at 16:51 with Summers scoring nine of his team's first 11 points. Emory came back with a 7-0 run and cut its deficit to one when Austin Claunch scored a fast-break bucket with 15:18 left in the first half. Several minutes later, the Eagles scored six in a row and grabbed their first lead with an Alex Gulotta three-pointer that made the score 18-17 at 9:45. The two sides then went back-and-forth before a 9-0 Emory run took the game to 28-21 in favor of the hosts with 4:14 remaining in the period. Case was able to trim one off of the deficit heading into intermission, 35-29.

In the second half, the Spartans kept it close early and trailed by six when freshman forward Dane McLoughlin<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/mcloughlin%20dane%20310f> (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) hit a jumper at 13:30 to bring the score to 43-37.  However, Emory pulled away with a 13-4 run that put the Spartans behind by 15 points with 8:33 left to play.

For the game, Emory held a 16-2 advantage in fast-break points and got 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists from Claunch.

Action begins next Friday for the Spartans at 8:00 p.m. at Brandeis.

 Spartan Women Unable to Hold On at Emory

ATLANTA, Ga. – Senior forward Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%20927u> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) recorded a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, but a 9-0 run late in the contest was the undoing as the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team fell versus Emory University, 68-56, in University Athletic Association action on Sunday at the George W. Woodruff P.E. Center.

The Spartans (8-8, 1-4 UAA), who trailed by as many as 17 in the game before rallying to take the lead with 6:04 left to play, have lost four-straight and will look to right the ship next weekend with league games at Brandeis University (Mass.) on Friday, January 27 and New York University on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Emory (13-3, 4-1 UAA) wins its fourth-straight game.

The Spartans led 7-6 at the 16:52 mark, but Emory took over with an 11-0 run that culminated in a Melissa Koike fast-break layup at 13:36. The Eagles maintained control and then built their advantage to 17, at 30-13, following a Misha Jackson jumper with 5:49 left in the first half. But refusing to go away, Case was able to end the period on a 12-5 run and pulled within 35-25 as freshman guard Amanda Germer<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/germer%20amanda%2094k4> (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) accounted for the final bucket with a three-pointer at 00:42.

In the second, Hollinger scored the first four to pull the Spartans to within six at 18:21. After a quick five points by Emory, Case came roaring back with an 11-0 run to tie the score at 40 as Hollinger hit two free throws with 13:18 left to play. The Eagles then answered with six in a row as part of a 9-6 run before the Spartans tied the game again at 49 with a three-pointer by freshman guard Brooke Orcutt<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/orcutt%20brooke%20bsso> (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) at 7:13. Two possessions later, the Spartans grabbed the lead as freshman guard Rachel Beaty<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/beaty%20rachel%20djbh> (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) hit a triple of her own, but Emory responded with nine in a row and led 58-52 when Jackson hit a free throw with 1:15 remaining. The Spartans were unable to recover from that point as Emory scored 10 more to counter just four from Case.

Beaty scored eight for the contest -- a career-high, while senior forward Chelsea Peck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) totaled seven points, six rebounds and three assists.

The Eagles were led by Hannah Lilly with a game-high 24 points and Jackson with a double-double of 10 points and 14 boards.

Action begins next Friday for the Spartans at 6:00 p.m. at Brandeis.

Tigers pull away to drop Oberlin

Greencastle, IN – The DePauw University Tigers used a big second half to knock off the Oberlin College men’s basketball team 69-37 on Saturday afternoon at the Neal Fieldhouse.

Senior Josh Merritt led all scorers with 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, but no other Yeoman reached double figures. The next highest Oberlin point producer was Geoff Simpson who finished with eight points. Andrew Fox, who entered the game ranked 19th in the country with 10.4 rebounds per game, ripped down a game-high 11 boards.

The Tigers stiff defense held the Yeomen to a season-low 21.2-percent shooting (11-of-52). On the flip side they made an impressive 25-of-51 shot attempts for a 49-percent success rate.

It was a defensive struggle from the most part of the first half as the Tigers went into the locker room with a 25-20 lead. They led 25-15 with 4:43 left in the period, but Oberlin kept them off the scoreboard while cutting their lead in half thanks to five points by Merritt.

However, the Tigers started the second half with a 19-4 run to claim a 44-24 lead with 12:36 to go in the game and Oberlin would never really threaten from there.

With the win, DePauw improved to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in the NCAC. Oberlin fell to 6-11 and 1-7 in the conference.

The Yeomen will look to regroup when they welcome Denison University to Philips Gym on Wednesday night. Tip-time is set for 8 p.m.

Relay Event Wins the Difference as Spartan Women Earn Second Dual Victory

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Relay event wins that bookended Saturday's dual meet with Allegheny College (Pa.) proved to be the difference as the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team notched its second dual match victory of the 2011-12 season Saturday afternoon by a score of 154-139. The Spartans finished first and third in both the opening 400-yard medley and the closing 200-yard freestyle relay –good for a combined 26 teams points – while the Gators finished second in each event for eight total points.

Case (2-7), competing for the first time in almost two months, returns to action on Friday, January 27 when it plays host to cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College in their final home dual match of the winter. The dual, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., which also serve as Seniors' Night.

The Spartans opened the afternoon with the victory in the 400-yard medley relay behind the quartet of senior Stephanie Campbell<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/campbell%20stephanie%20laaz> (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield), sophomore Sara Tillie<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/tillie%20sara%20e5v6> (Fallston, Md./Fallston), sophomore Maggie Dillione<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/dillione%20maggie%20qudn> (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) and senior Jessica Nuhfer<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/nuhfer%20jessica%20tb05> (Warren, Pa./Warren Area) touched the wall in 4:05.39.

In that same event, four crucial team points and a third-place showing came from the group of sophomore Kathryn Madalena<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/madalena%20kathryn%20ygjf> (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), junior Krysta Payne<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/payne%20krysta%20syzh> (Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley), freshman Sophia Colevas<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/colevas%20sophia%20ofua> (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) and freshman Sarah Mastrandrea<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/mastrandrea%20sarah%20bqtj> (East Amherst, N.Y./Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart) with a time of 4:25.65.

The Spartans also closed the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay as Nuhfer, Campbell, sophomore Catherine Gormley<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/gormley%20catherine%2000bn> (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) and Dillione were victorious with a mark of 1:41.68. The third-place quartet of senior Lucy Bollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/bollinger%20lucy%2046m7> (Boulder, Colo./Fairview), freshman Brianna Cain<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/cain%20brianna%20tsal> (Perry, Ohio/Perry), Mastrandrea and Payne stopped the clock in 1:47.43

Case also had a trio of individual double-winners on the afternoon with Dillione in the 100 butterfly (58.88) and the 200 butterfly (2:10.22), Tillie in both the 200 breast (2:34.57) and 200 individual medley (2:17.48) and Campbell in the 100 back (1:01.00) and the 200 back (2:11.46).

Nuhfer also took first in the 100 free (55.74).

Tough D helps Mount earn road win

WESTERVILLE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's basketball team put on a defensive clinic in defeating Otterbein on the road Saturday night, 48-44. The Purple Raiders have held three of their last four opponents under 50 points.

The Purple Raiders (8-9, 4-6) held the Cardinals to a season-low 44 points, which is 16 fewer than their previous low. Mount Union's defense caused Otterbein to shoot just 34.1-percent from the field (14-of-41) and 6.3-percent on three-pointers (1-of-16). The Cardinals made more free throws (15) than field goals (14) and committed 17 turnovers, two short of their most on the season.

Points were at a premium in the first half and Mount Union took a 25-17 lead with them into the locker room. A basket by freshman Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) put the Raiders ahead by 10 just over a minute into the second half. Otterbein would battle back and take a brief 31-30 lead with 10:46 remaining. Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) made his fourth three-pointer of the game a minute later to regain the lead for the Raiders.

A four-minute scoreless stretch ensued for both teams and Mount Union was able to extend its lead to 42-34 on a basket by Jacubec with 2:29 to play. The lead was cut to two with 44 seconds left, but the Raiders got an easy layup on their next possession and connected on four-of-five free throws down the stretch to close the game.

Only two players scored more than four points for Mount Union.  Jacubec nearly matched Otterbein with 15 first half points on his way to a career-high 21. Wood added 16 points and led the team with seven rebounds and three steals.

RaNeal Ewing came off the bench to score a team-best 12 points for Otterbein. Brice Rausch added 11 points and Chris Davis, the conference's sixth-leading scorer, had just eight points and 12 rebounds.

Mount Union completes their three-game road swing when they visit John Carroll Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.

Track & Field Recap: Storm Freshman Joe Postwaite Hits NCAA Provo Mark, Sets Two School Records

GENEVA, OHIO – Freshman jumper Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chilli) capped a record day with a provisional qualifying leap and two women set school records as the Lake Erie College track and field teams returned to action on Saturday (Jan. 21) at the SPIRE North Coast Indoor Track & Field Open in Geneva. 

The meet, which featured 10 Division II and III squads, was unscored.

After setting a school record in the long jump by clearing 22’ 2 ½” and placing second early in the meet, Postwaite set his attention towards the triple jump.  He reached 45’ 8” on his third jump for a new school mark and then subsequently bested that distance on his final two jumps of the day. His final jump reached 47’ 2 ½”, or 14.39 meters, which cleared the NCAA Division II indoor provisional mark of 14.30.  His jump is also currently tied for 12th best in the country.

Postwaite easily won the triple jump as the second place finisher did not clear 45’.

Two other records fell on the women’s side with junior Samantha Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) running 2:22.91 in the 800-meters and sophomore Shanita Fluker (Flint, Mich./Southwest) finishing the 400-meter dash in 1:01.41.  Smith placed sixth in her event while Fluker took home fifth-place.

In addition to Postwaite in the triple jump, the Storm’s other first place finish came in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Junior All-American Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail), who has already provisionally qualified for the national meet in the heptathlon, won that event in 8.53 seconds. 

Classmate Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) was second in the pole vault, going over the bar at 14’ 5 ¼” on his final attempt.   

The Storm is back in action next weekend, Jan. 27-28, hosting the SPIRE Midwest Open at SPIRE Institute in Geneva.