A Page -- March 1, 2012

Wiedt L), LaMattina (R)

"Columbia  Road Connection" -- Westlake's 

Rosa LaMattina, North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt 

-- share MVP honors in OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and senior guardKori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) were both named Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year while Suzy Venet was named OAC Coach of the Year by the conference coaches.

It is just the second time in conference history that two players have tied for the Helen Ludwig OAC Player of the Year Award.  It is Mount Union's first player of the year award winner since Keri Canning in 2000.

LaMattina leads the team and is fifth in the conference in scoring at 15.2 points per game, while leading the OAC in steals (3.4 per game) and third in assists (4.0 per game).  Along with being an All-OAC First Team pick this year, she was the 2010 OAC Freshman of the Year and has been an All-OAC Second Team selection in 2010 and 2011.

Wiedt is sixth in the OAC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and is third in the nation in three-point shooting (.484).  It is her second-straight All-OAC First Team honor after earning All-OAC honorable mention honors in 2009 and 2010. She has also been an Academic All-OAC pick and was an All-Great Lakes Region selection a year ago.

Senior foward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) also was recognized by the coaches as an All-OAC Second Team selection.  Rose averages 11.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game.  An All-OAC honorable mention pick a year ago, she also is a two-time Academic All-OAC selection that has been OAC Scholar Athlete of the Month and a Capital One Academic All-District selection.

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 fifth with 1,233 points, LaMattina is ninth with 1,119 points while Rose is 11th with 1,072 points.  They bring the total to 13 players in Mount Union history with over 1,000 points.

Venet is in her seventh season as head coach at Mount Union and has a 130-62 record and has led the Raiders to three-straight OAC Tournament titles, two-straight OAC regular season titles and three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Her 2011-12 team is currently 26-1, went 17-1 in the conference and is on a school-record 21-game win streak. 

It is her second-straight OAC Coach of the Year and she is first woman in conference history to be both OAC Coach of the Year and an OAC Player of the Year -- she won the honor twice as at Mount Union in 1997 and 1998.

The Raiders are hosting the first and second rounds of an NCAA Women's Basketball Regional this Friday and Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus.

Oberlin Women Fourth; Men Seventh in Tennis Polls

Westlake, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Polls for men’s and women’s tennis were released on Tuesday afternoon. The Yeowomen were selected fourth, while the Yeomen checked in seventh.

The Yeowomen, coming off one of their best wins in recent history against Luther College, earned 42 points in the poll. Perennial conference power Denison University came in first with 59 points and three first-place votes. However, new NCAC member DePauw earned five first-place votes, but totaled just 55 points. Kenyon placed just ahead of Oberlin in third place with 46 points.

The Yeowomen are off to an impressive start already this spring as they sit at 5-2 in dual play. Their only loss of the spring came against the Tigers of DePauw this past Saturday.

On the men’s side of the ledger, Oberlin earned 29 points – finishing ahead of Ohio Wesleyan (23) and Wooster (10). National powerhouse Kenyon College claimed all nine first-place votes to finish with 81 points.

Like the women, the Yeomen are also off to a fast start this spring with a record of 3-4 in dual matches. Over the weekend, Oberlin was a 7-2 winner against the Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan.

Both teams will be in action tomorrow night as the Yeowomen play host to Ashland University at 6:30 p.m., while the Yeomen travel to the University of Mount Union for a 6:30 p.m. tilt of their own.

You can view the complete polls at the links above.
Ohio Wesleyan Women; Wabash Men Selected As Favorites For This Weekend's NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships

The 28th annual North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held March 2-3 at Johnson Track in the Knowling Fieldhouse on the campus of Wabash College. The facility features a 200-meter, six-lane indoor track, enclosed long jump and triple jump pits, and an automatic timing system. Visit the Wabash Championship Website for more information on the meet.

The Ohio Wesleyan women and Wabash men indoor track & field squads have been tabbed as the favorites for this weekend's NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Wabash looks to defend its North Coast men's title after capturing the first in school history last year, while the Battling Bishop women look for their third in a row and sixth in the past seven years.

Championship competition began last weekend with the NCAC women's pentathlon and men's heptathlon at Ohio Wesleyan's Gordon Field House. OWU sophomore Andrew Diehl (Marysville, OH/Marysville) won the heptathlon with a 4,465 points, while Battling Bishop junior Emily Amburgey (Germantown, OH/Preble Shawnee) won the women’s pentathlon event with 2,732 points.

TICKET PRICES: The prices for admission to the 2012 NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships are $5 for adults, $3 for children (18 and under) while NCAC students with a student ID are admitted for free. A two-day pass is also available for $10.

2012 NCAC Pre-Championship Indoor Track & Field  Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

2012 Men's Pre-Championship Poll

1.  Wabash (8) -- 80
2.  Ohio Wesleyan (1) -- 73
3.  Allegheny -- 63
4.  Oberlin -- 46
5.  Wittenberg -- 41
6.  DePauw -- 38
7.  Denison -- 34
8.  Kenyon -- 19
9.  Wooster -- 11

2012 Women's Pre-Championship Poll

1.  Ohio Wesleyan (8) -- 64
2.  Oberlin -- 56
3.  Kenyon -- 44
4.  Wooster -- 36
5.  Allegheny -- 31
6.  Wittenberg -- 25
7.  DePauw -- 22
8.  Denison -- 10

Oberlin tops Mount Union in men's tennis

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's tennis dropped a 7-2 decision to Oberlin Wednesday evening at the Peterson Fieldhouse.

 The Purple Raiders are now 3-2 on the season as they prepare for a quartet of games over spring break.

Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) earned the lone singles victory for the Raiders, defeating Daniel Bloch, 6-1, 7-1.

Brothers Nate Fockler and Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) earned the other point for the Raiders by defeating Charlie Marks and Soren Zeliger, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles.

Mount Union will travel to Hilton Head, S.C. for four matches next week, beginning with Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) on Monday.

Big second half sends Oberlin LAX to victory

Greenville, PA – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team scored 10 second-half goals en route to defeating the Tomcats of Thiel College, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Yeomen displayed a balanced attack as seven different players scored in the contest. Junior Connor Jackson led the way with four scores and an assist. Rookie Sean Higgins matched Jackson with five points as he recorded a hat trick while dishing out two assists. Fellow newcomers Sean Seaman and Eli Fisher also deposited two shots into the back of the cage.

Upperclassmen Daniel Fineman and Mickey Fiorillo chipped in with two goals apiece, while Matthew Rogers rounded out the scoring with one.

Defensively, the Yeomen were led by sophomore Paul Paschke as he had a career-high 10 ground balls.

The first half was very nip-and-tuck throughout as the Yeomen led 4-3 after one and 6-4 at the break.

Oberlin was able to gain some separation in the third period, but was really able to put the game away with six goals in the fourth. After scoring the final goal of the third quarter to go up 10-6, three straight Yeomen goals to start the fourth made it a 13-6 game. After a Tomcats’ goal, Jackson’s fourth goal of the game followed by two more from Fisher left no doubt in the eventual outcome.

Erickson Andrews played nearly the entire game in goal and finished with six saves and three grounders.

Oberlin out-shot Thiel 38-29 and won the ground-ball battle 36-31. Face-offs were even at 12 apiece. The Yeomen did a much better job clearing the ball then in their first contest, as they were successful on 27-of-31 attempts on the day.

The Yeomen return to action on March 8 when they make the trek north to take on Adrian College. The opening face-off is set for 7 p.m.

Vikings to play YSU or Detroit Saturday

2012 Horizon League Championship 
No. 3 Detroit (19-13) or No. 6 Youngstown State (16-14) vs. No. 2 Cleveland State (22-9)
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
Location: Athletics Recreation Center (5,000) - Valparaiso, Ind.
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Live video stream available on ESPN3.com. Tape delay broadcast on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. EST
Series: CSU trails Detroit, 35-17 // CSU leads YSU, 40-37
Last Mt'g: CSU 77, UDM 64 (2/23/12) // CSU 67, @YSU 47 (1/28/12)
Tickets: Available at site or call 216-687-5440

SETTING THE SCENE: Second-seeded Cleveland State opens play in the 2012 Horizon League Championship on Saturday (March 3) at 6:00 p.m. EST when the Vikings take on the winner of Friday's second round contest between No. 3 Detroit and No. 6 Youngstown State. It will be the first of two semifinals at Valparaiso with the top-seeded at host Crusaders hosting fourth-seeded Milwaukee or fifth-seeded Butler in the second semifinal. CSU's game will be televised nationally on tape delay on ESPNU at 10:30 p.m. with Mark Jones and Stephen Bardon providing the commentary. The two semifinal winners will meet for the league title and automatic berth to the NCAA Championship on Tuesday (March 6) at 9:00 p.m. EST at the top remaining seed. The Vikings enter the league tournament at 22-9 overall after snapping a five-game losing streak with two wins to conclude the regular season last weekend, knocking off Detroit (77-64) and Wright State (77-55).

CSU IN HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNEY PLAY: Saturday's game will mark the 17th year that the Vikings have taken part in the Horizon League Championship, owning an 11-15 record in those games, including 7-2 over the last three seasons.

...AND CSU VS. DETROIT & YOUNGSTOWN STATE: Should the Vikings play Detroit in the semifinals, it would mark the eighth time the teams would square off in the league tournament. UDM leads the series, 5-2. If CSU faces Youngstown State, it would be the first-ever meeting in the league tournament between the two schools. YSU is the only school CSU has not played in the league tournament.

CSU IN ALL CONFERENCE TOURNEYS: CSU carries a 22-22 record in 25 years of league tournament play into the 2012 tourney. CSU has won two titles (1985-86 & 2008-09) and finished second three times (1983-84, 1986-87 & 2007-08).

AS THE TWO SEED: This year marks the second time that the Vikings will be one of the top two seeds in the Horizon League Championship, earning a bye into the semifinals. CSU was the No. 2 seed in the 2008 tournament, knocking off Valparaiso in the semifinals before falling at top-seeded and host Butler in the championship contest.

HARMON HONORED TWICE BY LEAGUE: Trey Harmon was honored twice by the Horizon League, earning a spot on the all-league second team, as well as the Horizon League All-Defensive team. It is the first time that Harmon has garnered a spot on the all-league team and marks the second straight season he has been named to the all-defensive squad. Harmon is just the second player in CSU history to earn a spot on the all-defensive team in consecutive seasons (Cedric Jackson; 2008, 2009). Harmon ranks 10th in the league in scoring (13.1), second in three-pointers made (2.4) and eighth in steals (1.8).

BROWN NAMED ALL-DEFENSE AGAIN: After missing last season with an injured finger, senior D'Aundray Brown came back to earn a spot on the Horizon League All-Defensive team. Brown, who leads the league and ranks seventh in the nation with 2.6 steals per game (62 total), is making his second appearance on the team, earning the honor in 2010.

GRADY ON ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM: Freshman Anton Grady was the third Viking to be honored by the league, earning a spot on the all-newcomer team. The Cleveland, Ohio, native is averaging 8.8 points, while ranking third in the league in field goal percentage (.565), fourth in blocks (1.5) and eighth in rebounding (6.3). In the 18 Horizon League contests, Grady scored in double figures 12 times and upped his averages to 10.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting .585 from the floor.

ALL HE DOES IS WIN: With two wins last weekend, senior Jeremy Montgomery increased his career win total to 91, allowing him to tie Ken McFadden (1985-89) for the most wins by a player in school history. One more win would allow Montgomery to become the winningest player in CSU history.

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 second most in the nation (Murray State and Wagner have 12), while CSU's 12 wins away from home are the fourth 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 the best in school history.

A DOZEN IN THE LEAGUE: CSU's two wins last week allowed the Vikings to finish at 12-6 in the Horizon League, tied for the third most league wins in program history. The 1992-93 team won a school-record 15 conference games, while the 1985-86 and 2010-11 squads won 13.

... AND CONTINUES DOUBLE DIGIT STREAK: CSU's 12 Horizon League wins marked the fifth straight year that the Vikings won at least 10 league games, a program record. The old mark was four straight, set from 1984-85 through 1987-88.

10 WINS AT HOME: CSU improved to 10-4 at home with two wins last weekend, clinching the 15th season of 10 or more wins at home in school history. In fact, it marked CSU's fifth straight year of 10 plus wins at home, tying a school record for most consecutive seasons with at least 10 home wins. CSU also accomplished the feat from the 1983-84 season through 1987-88.

TV TIMEOUT: Saturday's semifinal game will be the eighth CSU game that will be televised either nationally or regionally this year. CSU won at Vanderbilt (Nov. 11) on ESPNU, against Loyola (Jan. 7) on SportsTime Ohio in the Horizon League Game of the Week, at Butler (Jan. 13) and Loyola (Feb. 3) on ESPNU and versus Green Bay (Jan. 20) on ESPNU. The Vikings fell at South Florida (Dec. 19) on ESPN3 and at home to Butler (Feb. 11) and Drexel (Feb. 18) on ESPN2.

NCAA STATS: CSU was well represented in the latest NCAA statistical report that was released on Monday (Feb. 27). As a team, CSU is ranked 18th in the country in scoring defense (59.5), 19th in steals (8.5), 28th in turnover margin (2.9), 61st in won-lost percentage (.710) and 69th in scoring margin (6.8). Individually, D'Aundray Brown is seventh in the nation in steals (2.6), while Trey Harmon is ranked 90th in the country in three-pointers per game (2.4).

FOR THREE: Seniors Jeremy Montgomery and Trey Harmon are just the second and third players in school history to hit 200 career three-pointers. Montgomery has made 208, while Harmon has made 206 as the duo ranks second and third on the all-time list at CSU behind James Madison (262).

HARMON HITS 71 THREE'S: Trey Harmon has hit a CSU single season record 71 three-pointers this season. His 71 trifectas broke the old CSU mark of 70 held by Theo Dixon (2000-01) and Damon Stringer (1999-00). Jeremy Montgomery is just outside of the top-10 with 57 three's this year, but it has allowed the duo to become the first set of teammates to make at least 50 three-pointers in two separate seasons (Harmon had 61 and Montgomery had 56 last season).

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.

MASON BREAKS OUT: Freshman Marlin Mason, who was a redshirt for the first 16 games of the season, had his breakout game on Thursday (Feb. 23) against Detroit. Making his second career start, Mason tallied career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9), while adding two assists, one steal and one blocked shot. He played a career-high 32 minutes.

THE FRESHMEN HAVE IT: CSU's freshmen class played a key role in Thursday's (Feb. 23) victory over Detroit, combining for 37 points, 21 rebounds and nine assists. In fact, with several upperclassmen saddled with foul trouble and Jeremy Montgomery limited with cramps, head coach Gary Waters went with four freshmen - Charlie Lee, Ike NwamuMarlin Mason and Anton Grady - along with junior Tim Kamczyc, for a four minute stretch in the second half.

GRADY NETS CAREER HIGH: Anton Grady scored a career-high 23 points on Feb. 21 at Green Bay, hitting 10-of-15 from the field. Grady, whose old career-high was 18 at Butler (Feb. 11), added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. His 23-point effort was the highest scoring output by a CSU freshman since J'Nathan Bullock had 25 against UIC (2/22/06).

FROM REDSHIRT TO STARTER: Freshman Marlin Mason has had quite a seven weeks. Slated to redshirt this year, Mason had it taken off when he was pressed into action due to injuries 15 games into the season. In 16 games since, he has averaged 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game and has been thrust into the starting lineup twice (Feb. 18 vs. Drexel and Feb. 23 vs. Detroit).

STARTING LINEUPS: When Marlin Mason started 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 Feb. 21 at Green Bay when Charlie Lee joined Jeremy Montgomery, Trey Harmon, Tim Kamczycand Aaron Pogue in the lineup.

BETTER THAN 55 PERCENT: Tim Kamczyc and Anton Grady are both on pace to shoot better than 55-percent from the field this year. Kamczyc is shooting .589 (106-180), which is currently the third best percentage in school history, while Grady is at .565 (109-193), the seventh best percentage in CSU history. The duo would be the third set of teammates to shoot 55-percent or better from the field in the same season, joining Eric Mudd (.571) and Clinton Smith (.565) in 1985-86 and Darren Tillis (.568) and Mike Sweeney (.552) in 1980-81.

WATERS COACHES 500th GAME: Head coach Gary Waters coached his 500th career game on Feb. 3 at Loyola. The 16-year veteran is 293-215 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 122-80 in six years at Cleveland State. He has led nine of his teams to postseason play.

... AND COACHES #200 AT CSU: The Feb. 21 contest at Green Bay 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 122-80 record at CSU, trailing only Dieringer (149) and Mackey (142) for most wins in school history.

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 (486-of-738) than the Vikings have attempted (330-of-465). In fact, the Vikings have taken more free throws than their opposition in just four of 31 games this year, while opponents have taken at least 10 more free throws than CSU in 15 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).

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).

DIALED IN FROM DISTANCE: Cleveland State has hit 206 three-pointers this year, the third most in a season in program history. This year's squad is just the third team in CSU history to hit 200 three-pointers in a season, joining the 2010-11 squad (237) and 2009-10 team (214).

434 AND COUNTING: With eight three-pointers against Wright State (Feb. 25) the Vikings extended their school-record streak to 434 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 Saturday's semifinal game with 530 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.

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 (+6.8), steals (8.5) and scoring defense (59.5) and turnover margin (+2.9) and second in field goal defense (.412) and three-point field goal defense (.320). The Vikings have held 23 of their 31 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.

A TURNOVER TALE: One area where the Vikings have been dominant this year is the turnover battle where CSU leads the Horizon League and ranks 28th in the nation with a +2.9 turnover margin. While CSU's turnovers are up from last year to 13.6 per game (CSU averaged 11.4 last year), the Vikings are turning teams over an average of 16.5 per game (14.7 last year), with opponents committing at least 20 turnovers in six games this year.

J-MO KEEPS PLAYING: When Jeremy Montgomery takes the floor on Saturday, he will be playing in his 138th straight game at CSU, second on the all-time list at CSU. Montgomery, who has never missed a game in his career, is slated to make his 88th straight start. With a minimum one game left, Montgomery has a chance to break Norris Cole's school-record of 140 straight games played.

... SO DOES HARMON: Trey Harmon will take the floor for the 123rd time in his career on Saturday, tied for 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.

NO EXTRA TIME NEEDED: Saturday's game against Wright State extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 166. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt was on Nov. 17, 2007 when CSU topped Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. CSU is 109-57 since.

DROPPING DIMES: The Vikings dished out a season-high 22 assists (on 33 field goals) in the Jan. 22 win over Milwaukee. It was the second time CSU had at least 20 assists this year, the first time coming when the Vikings notched 20 in a win at Detroit (Dec. 3). The Vikings rank second in the league and with 13.8 assists per game.

VIKINGS LIKE EXEMPTED TOURNEYS: The Ticket City Legends Classic was the sixth exempted tournament that CSU has played in under Gary Waters, with the Vikings sporting a 16-7 record in those games. CSU went 1-2 at the America's Youth Classic (Evansville, Ind.) in 2006-07, defeating ACC member Miami (Fla.), 78-67, for its lone win. In 2007-08, CSU played in the Glenn Wilkes Classic, going 3-1 with wins over teams from the Big East (73-70 over USF) and ACC (69-66 over Florida State). In 2008-09, the Vikings rebounded from an opening round loss to Washington to claim the Miami Regional title of the CBE Classic. Two years ago, CSU won two games at home as part of the Cancun Challenge before falling to Kentucky and Virginia in Cancun. Last season, CSU won four games at home to claim the World Vision Classic. This year, CSU defeated Vanderbilt to open the Ticket City Legends Classic and won two of three games at Rhode Island to win the Kingston subregional title.

60 PERCENT: CSU shot .630 (29-46) from the field in the Feb. 25 win over Wright State, the fourth time that CSU shot better than 60-percent this year. It was also the 10th time this year that the Vikings shot better than 50-percent from the field in a game with CSU going 9-1 in those contests.

SUCCESS 601: The sixth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Think Like a Champion by Dave Dinunzio as the course text. Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life. Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success. Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08 and turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2009-10, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players.

THIS `N THAT: Notes from the early part of the season...

• Trey Harmon was selected to the preseason All-Horizon League first team, while CSU was tabbed to finish third in the preseason poll.
• The Vikings won five straight games to open the season, the second best start in school history. Last year's squad holds the record with 12 straight wins.
• CSU's win at No. 7 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 was the highest ranked opponent the Vikings have defeated in program history. It was the sixth top-25 team that CSU has defeated in program history with five of the wins under Gary Waters.
• The Vikings blocked 11 shots in a win over Rio Grande (Nov. 15), one shy of equaling the school record for most blocks in a game.
• Anton Grady had six blocks against Rio Grande, one shy of tying the CSU single game record of seven by three players and the most by a CSU freshman.
• Aaron Pogue captured MVP honors of the Kingston, R.I., subregional of the Ticket City Legends Classic (Nov. 25-27) for his performance in CSU's three games. Pogue averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds to help the Vikings claim the title.
• Freshman Anton Grady is the nephew of NBA player Earl Boykins. Both played high school basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic, while Boykins was a standout at Eastern Michigan when Gary Waters was an assistant coach.
• CSU went 6-1 in November this year and is a combined 14-1 during the last two November's. The Vikings were also 6-2 in December this year, improving their record to 12-3 over the last two December's.
• The Vikings had a 17 game win streak against schools in Ohio snapped with a 73-67 setback to Youngstown State (Dec. 31).
• CSU has had 11 different players hit a three-pointer this year, establishing a new season mark for players with a three-pointer. The previous mark was 10 players, accomplished three times, most recently in 2009-10.
• The trio of associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jeremaine Kimbrough are in their sixth year serving for head coach Gary Waters on the Viking bench. Only the tandem of Mitch Buonaguro and Paul Molinari (1996-03) served longer as a unit.
• Sebastian Douglas will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee in late December It is the same knee that Douglas injured in May of 2010. That injury forced him to redshirt in 2010-11.
• This is the 21st season of CSU playing in the Wolstein Center with the Vikings going 178-114, including winning records in 11 of the last 15 years. 

UP NEXT: Should CSU win its semifinal game, the Vikings would play in the Horizon League Championship on Tuesday (March 6) at 9:00 p.m. The game will be played at the top remaining seed and be broadcast live on ESPN.