C Page -- Jan 8, 2011

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Viking men host Valpo tomorrow

Jan. 8, 2011

By Bran McCann

Cleveland State's men's basketball will close this brief two-game trip to Indiana when the Vikings visit Valparaiso on Sunday, Jan. 9 beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST (2:30 p.m. in Cleveland) in the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valparaiso campus.  The Vikings enter the game with a 15-2 overall record and in first place in the Horizon League with a 4-1 mark, a half-game better than four teams (pending the outcome of two Saturday games).  Included in that log jam is Valparaiso, who enters the contest with an 11-5 overall and 3-1 league record.  The Crusaders have won five of their last six games, including an easy 79-55 win over Youngstwon State on Friday night.  CSU, who is No. 27 in the most recent RPI and No. 35 in the Sagarin rankings, remained in the top spot for the fifth straight week of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, receiving 25 of the 31 first place votes and 762 total votes.  The Vikings also received two votes in the Associated Press poll this week (37th place) and one vote in the ESPN/USA Today poll (38th).  CSU own a 27-8 lead in the all-time series with Valpo, including a 12-5 record in games played in Valparaiso.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable the return of all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team has helped the Vikings jump out to a 15-2 start.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (21.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.7 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.4 ppg,  3.8 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (11.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.  Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is out until early January following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (3.4, 3.2) and Josh McCoy (4.8, 2.5), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.9, 6.4) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.4, 3.6) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (2.3, 2.0) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.5, 1.6) and Devon Long (2.8, 1.0) help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received numerous mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Jan. 3).  Individually, Norris Cole ranked 18th in the nation in steals (2.4), 20th in the nation in scoring (20.9) and 53rd in assists (4.9) while Trey Harmon was 53rd in steals (2.1).  As a team, the Vikings were in the top 50 in eight categories, ranking eighth in won-loss percentage (.938), ninth in turnover margin (+5.4), 22nd in turnovers (11.4), 29th in scoring defense (59.9), 33rd in three-point defense (.293), 34th in field goal defense (.390), 38th in scoring margin (+13.4) and 42nd in steals (8.7).

VIKINGS REMAIN ON TOP THE MID-MAJOR POLL:  A pair of league wins last week enabled the Vikings to remain in the top spot for the fifth straight week of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Jan. 3).  The Vikings received 25 of the 31 first place votes and 762 total points to own a 31-point lead over second place St. Mary's (731 points).  Wichita State is third with 713 points followed by Gonzaga in fourth (682) and Butler in fifth (653). Valparaiso (22) and Loyola (6 points) also received votes.  A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season.

HARMON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  For the second time in his Viking career, junior Trey Harmon has been tabbed as the Horizon League Player of the Week.  In wins over UIC and Loyola last week, Harmon averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 steals 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists, shooting .650 from the field (13-20), .556 from three-point (5-9) and .700 from the line (7-10).  He scored career high 24 points in the win over UIC.

POGUE MAKES 50TH STRAIGHT START:  When junior center Aaron Pogue jumped center to start Friday night's game at Butler, he became the 15th player in Viking history to start 50 consecutive games.  Pogue has started every game in his CSU career.

MORE TURNOVERS THAN A BAKERY:  The Vikings have used the combination of a pressure defense and the steady ball-handling of three experienced guards to rank ninth nationally with a +4.8 turnover margin.  Defensively, the Vikings have forced 16.6 a game, including 19 or more six times.  At the other end of the court, CSU has made less than 10 turnovers in a game five times and is averaging 11.8 miscues a game.  Included in that total is a school record low four turnovers in the win over South Florida.  For the year, CSU is averaging 19.2 points off turnovers.

NOT A BAD (CALENDAR) YEAR:  The win over Loyola on Dec. 30 allowed the Vikings to complete the 2010 calendar year with a 26-8 record, the second best record in school history.  CSU was 4-10 heading into January last year but went 12-7 the rest of the year and then opened this season with 14 wins in 15 games.  The effort trails only the 29-4 record amassed in 1986 (21-2 from Jan.-March and 8-2 at the start of the 1986-87 season).  CSU also won 24 games in 1985 (24-6) and 1987 (24-8).

WOLSTEIN CENTER WIN STREAK AT 12:  The win over UIC on Jan. 1 extended CSU's Wolstein Center win streak to 11 games, the second longest streak in arena history and the sixth-longest home win streak in school history.  CSU set a Wolstein Center record when the Vikings won 13 straight games from Dec. 20, 2008 and Nov. 21, 2009.  The school record for most consecutive home wins is 27, set from Jan. 26, 1985 to Jan. 24, 1987 with most of the games being played in Woodling Gym.

FOR STARTERS:  One by-product of the stability that Gary Waters has brought to the Viking basketball program is that there has been continuity in the starting lineup as well.  In fact, the current group of starters - Norris Cole, Jeremy Montgomery, Trevon Harmon, Tim Kamczyc and Aaron Pogue - has started all 17 games this season, the longest stretch of continuous starters in at least the last eight seasons at CSU.  By starting against Butler on Friday, the group tied the second longest streak in school history (17 games by Warren Bradley, Ken McFadden, Brian Parker, Kenny Robertson & William Stanley in 1988-89).  The school record is 21 straight games by Craig Caldwell, Gravelle Craig, Shawn Fergus, Sam Mitchell & Anthony Reed in 1992-93).

STONE COLE-D:  Norris Cole may have been aptly nicknamed by a Horizon League fan site because when the game is on the line, he is at his best.  He has dominated play by taking over the scoring lead in the final minutes of seven close games this year.  He is 46-for-49 (.939) from the foul line in the final 5:00 of games this year.  Here is a look at how he has helped the Vikings secure wins this year:
    Iona:  Scored CSU's last six points (6-6 FT) in the final 1:39
    Kent State:  Broke a 61-61 tie by scoring CSU's last eight points in the final 0:50.
    Louisiana:  Scored 10 of the last 12 points (8-8 FT) in final 2:51.
    Akron:  Scored last seven CSU points (5-5 FT + big dunk) in final 1:06
    Robert Morris:  Scored 8 of last 10 points in final 8:09
    Green Bay:  Scored 11 of last 14 (9-10 FT) in final 2:05
    USF:  Tallied 10 of the CSU's last 12 points in 6:08

WATERS PASSES 150TH GAME AS A VIKING:  The Loyola contest on Dec. 30 was the 150th game for head coach Gary Waters at Cleveland State, making him the sixth Viking head coach to reach the mark.  Waters is now 88-64 (.579) in his five seasons, ranking him fourth in wins and second in winning percentage.  He trails Kevin Mackey (142-69, .673) in winning percentage and needs 12 more wins to join Mackey and Ray Dieringer (149-211) as the only coaches to record 100 wins at CSU.

COLE NAMED A CANDIDATE FOR THE BOB COUSY AWARD:  Norris Cole's early season success has caught the attention of at least one major basketball award as he was named on Dec. 20 as a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeated by Wittenberg University

January 8, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team suffered its third straight loss with a 68-59 defeat against Wittenberg University today (Saturday, Jan. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield.  [Game Stats]

Following today’s game, the Terriers drop to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC.  The Tigers improve to 9-4 overall and 5-0 NCAC.

The game remained close throughout the majority of the first half, but Wittenberg looked to pull away late in the period with a 9-0 scoring run that gave the Tigers a 35-25 advantage with 2:35 left before halftime.  Hiram then tallied five straight points that ended in a three-point play by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) to pull to within five points, 35-30, with just over a minute to go.  The Tigers scored the final points of the period to extend the margin to 37-30 at the break.

Wittenberg quickly built its lead back to double-figures, scoring the first four points of the period to lead 41-30 at the 18:21 mark.  Hiram then outscored the Tigers, 16-7, to make it a one possession game with the score of 48-46 thanks to a layup by junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) with 10:22 left to play.  Hiram stayed within striking distance until Wittenberg took control with a 9-0 run to regain a double-digit lead, 62-51, with 2:36 to go.  The Terriers got to within seven points, 66-59, on a three-pointer by senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 29 seconds left.  But that would be as close as Hiram would get as Wittenberg sealed the game with a pair of free-throws to end the scoring and preserve a 68-59 victory.

Wittenberg was led in scoring by Clayton Black with a game-high 19 points on five-of-13 shooting (38.5 percent), including nine-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the free-throw line.  Chris Sullivan and Michael Cooper rounded out the Tiger high scorers with 11 points each.

Hiram was led by Roberts and Watkins with 14 points each.  Watkins’ 14 points was a career-high.  Meyer finished the game with 11 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Oberlin Basketball  

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“Everyone played great today and it was a good way for us to get our first conference win of the season,” Head Coach Kerry Jenkins said. “We just need to keep working and build from here.”

The Yeowomen shot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the floor and used to some stingy defense to hold the Scots to just 24.6 percent (15-of-61) – the lowest of any OC opponent all season. 

With the win Oberlin improved to 6-8 overall – marking the most wins since the 2006-07 season when it finished 7-19. 

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– Oberlin College trailed by just four points with three minutes to play, but could get no closer as Denison University went on to win 76-65 on Saturday afternoon at Philips Gym.

The Yeomen trailed 54-37 with 12:39 remaining in the game, but continued to fight to make it 65-61. Unfortunately some missed shots down the stretch combined with some clutch free throw shooting by Big Red allowed the visitors to come away with the win. 

A trio of Yeomen turned in outstanding performances led by 16 points fromAndrew Fox. Junior Josh Merritt added 15, while sophomore Charlie Crawford-Silva contributed with 14 points – 10 of which came in the first half.

Oberlin, which trailed 38-26 at the break, shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the floor, but was really hindered by just a 2-of-13 (15.4%) performance from beyond the arc. 

The Big Red (5-9, 2-4 NCAC) were paced by a game-high 19 points from Dimonde Hale on 6-of-9 shooting. As a team Denison shot 54.5 percent (24-of-44) in the contest. 

The Yeomen take to the road on Wednesday night to take on nation’s top-ranked team in the College of Wooster of Fighting Scots. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Falls' Pellerite scores a baker's dozen in Mount's win over ONU

January 8, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE -- Freshman guard T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/Toledo St. John's) scored a season-high 20 points as Mount Union's men's basketball team jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in a 69-56 Ohio Athletic Conference win against Ohio Northern today in Alliance.


Mount Union (6-8, 4-3 OAC) jumped out to a 27-10 lead in the game's first 13 minutes and Gillespie, who entered the game averaging 4.8 points per game, had a pair of three's and 10 points during the run.

The Purple Raiders kept the pressure on and a three-pointer by Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) at the buzzer gave them a 38-23 lead at the break.

Ohio Northern (6-8, 3-5 OAC) got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Aside from Gillespie's heroics, Pellerite finished with 13 points to lead Mount Union.

Scott Schnelle had 19 points and Tony Meyer made four three's for 12 points to pace the Polar Bears.

Mount Union stays home to host Baldwin-Wallace next Wednesday (Jan. 12) at 7:30 pm at The MAAC in Alliance.



GREENVILLE, PA – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team fell 41-9 in a dual match on the road against Thiel College (PA) on Saturday, January 8. Junior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) was one of two Spartan winners in the meet, securing a win by fall over Tomcat freshman Shawn King.

Thiel jumped out to a quick lead, winning each of the first three matches when Dukes put the Spartans on the board with his 21st win of the season. After dropping the next five bouts, another junior, Cale Harter (Mt. Pleasant, MI/Mt. Pleasant), stopped the bleeding with his decision win at 285 for the Spartans. Harter improved to 13-10 for the season, defeating Thiel's Will Ringer by a score of 5-2.

The Spartans will be back in action next week on Friday and Saturday, January 14-15 at the Bud Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming College (PA). The team tournament will be an all-day affair beginning on Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Hiram's Basketball Team Falls Short of Wittenberg University; Hudson grad Sarah Watson scores 14 to pace Witt

January 8, 2011

SPRINGFIELD –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to Wittenberg University, 71-64, today (Saturday, Jan. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 8-5 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC.  The Tigers improve to 7-6 overall and 2-1 NCAC.

Wittenberg never trailed in the game and led by as many as 11 points on two occassions in the first half with the last one being a 32-21 edge at the 4:25 minute mark.  Hiram then went on a 6-0 scoring run that ended in a pair of free-throws by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) cutting the deficity to five points, 32-27, with 3:23 left in the half.  But the Tigers managed to extend their lead and took a 38-31 advantage into the locker rooms at halftime.


In the second half, Wittenberg eventually regained a double-figure lead, including a 49-39 mark with 11:23 left to play.  The Terriers again battled back and scored seven unanswerd points capped by a layup by sophomore guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) making the score 49-46 at the 7:41 mark.  Wittenberg mounted a rally of its own going on a 12-3 run to record its largest lead of the game of 12 points, 61-49, with 4:01 left.  Hiram narrowed the gap to single-digits and got as close as six points on mulitple occassions in the file minutes, but the earlier deficit proved too much as the Tigers went to win by the final of 71-64.


Wittenberg had three players score in double-figures led by Katherine Hueter with a game-high 15 points on five-of-16 shooting (31.3 percent).  She was also one of three players to record a game-tying high nine rebounds.  Sarah Watson was second with 14 points in addition to grabbing nine boards.  Kim Replogle added 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.

Hiram also had three players score in double-digits with the duo of senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) and junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) leading the way with 11 points each.  Shields rounded out the high scorers with 10 points.