B Page -- Nov. 26, 2010

MAC Basketball Today 

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Akron, which shot 45.5 percent (30-of-66) from the field and owned a 43-34 margin on the glass, was on the positive side of a 49-38 cushion at halftime and used a 17-7 run over the opening 7:27 of the second period to take a 66-45 lead. 
St. V  alumna Kara Murphy

Facing difficult competition in the first four games, the Eagles have started the year 1-3. GSU defeated Mercer (71-52) in a home game, but has dropped contests against SEC teams, Georgia (43-58) and Alabama (55-65), in addition to Jacksonville (56-72). The Eagles are led in scoring by junior senior guard Jamie Navarro (14.0 ppg).

Cornell at Eastern Michigan, 5:30 pm
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Following a successful week in Hawai'i, the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team returns home Friday, Nov. 26, to host Cornell University in a 5:30 p.m. contest at the Convocation Center. Ryan Wooley will have the exclusive call on Eagle All-Access beginning at 5:20 p.m. 

Following a 44-point output against Oregon State, Nov. 19, Eastern Michigan found its shooting stroke, averaging 81.0 points per game versus Hawai'i, Nov. 20, and Cal State Northridge, Nov. 21. 

The Eagles shot 44.1 percent from the field and allowed just 67.5 points per game. EMU also out-rebounded its opponents by 8.0 caroms per game to go along with racking up 12.5 steals. The Big Red earned its first win of the season by defeating Winston-Salem State, 62-54. Head coach Dayna Smith recorded her 80th career win with the Big Red, tying the school record for wins by a coach. 

Maka Anyanwu and Stephanie Long earned their first career starts. Clare Fitzpatrick recorded her first double-double of the season, leading the Big Red with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Central Michigan vs. Drake, 6pm
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Shonda Long became the 19th player in CMU history to score 1,000 points during the Chippewas' last contest against Iowa. Long has 165 career threes, sitting just 27 shy of breaking CMU's program record of 191 by Molli Munz (1999-02). Long is six behind Angel Chan (2006-09), who sits in second with 171. 

Taylor Johnson was named MAC West Player of the Week on Monday for her efforts during the Hawkeye Classic. The Chippewas have three of the top-10 rebounders in the Mid-American Conference in Kaihla Szunko, Taylor Johnson and Brandie Baker. 

After starting the season with a home win over UMKC Nov. 12, the Drake University women's basketball team is coming off a pair of tough losses and will take to the road with a 1-2 record. As expected, senior Kristin Turk has been Drake's top player through three contests. Turk is averaging a team-best 17.3 points and is shooting 50 percent (20-of-40) from the floor.

Western Michigan vs. Indiana State, 8 pm
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Western Michigan kept an unblemished record at home and improved to 2-2 on the season with a 56-52 win over Southern Illinois Wednesday. 

Three players scored in double figures for the Broncos, led by senior Brenna Banktson's 13 points. Sophomore DeAirra Goss had 12 points while senior Ebony Cleary recorded 11 points and seven rebounds. Indiana State has received good production off their bench this season, as the team averages 14.2 points from their non-starters. ISU has also shut down their opponents' bench, allowing just 37 points in four games (9.2 points per game) to players off the bench.

CSU Men's Basketball 

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SOME TASTY CHANGES:  Fans attending the St. Bonaventure game will be able to take advantage of the most recent changes within the Wolstein Center as Ovations, the concessions manager in the building, will unveil four recently renovated concession stands.  Hot Dog Nation, which is located near section 105, features four  signature hot dogs influenced by different parts of the country and served with homemade kettle chips (the Cleveland Dog includes sauerkraut, Stadium Mustard and shredded cheddar cheese).  Two sections over (near 103), fans can stop by CSU BBQ for a pulled pork or beef brisket sandwich or a heaping portion of BBQ nachos.  Two other stands (Sections 113 & 115) have been themed Viking Central and offer chicken strips, french fries and other traditional concession items.

WATERS GETS WIN 250. . . SERIOUSLY THIS TIME:  It only took five extra days, but the win over Akron on Wednesday gave head coach Gary Waters the 250th victory of his coaching career.  Waters originally celebrated the milestone after the Louisiana win on Dec. 19, only to find that a clerical error left him one win shy.  Undaunted, Waters came back to reach the milestone in his next outing, raising his career mark to 250-197 in 15 seasons as a head coach.  Waters is 78-62 (.557) in his fifth season at Cleveland State and previously posted a 92-60 mark in five years at Kent State (1996-2001) and a 79-75 slate in five seasons at Rutgers (2001-06).

6-0:  The win at Akron on Wednesday (Nov. 24)  allowed the Vikings to extend its school record for consecutive wins to start a season to six.  Cleveland State had previously opened both the 1963-64 and 1985-86 seasons with four straight wins but had never been 5-0. . . let alone 6-0.  The 1985-86 team went on to set a school record with a 29-4 record, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship. The fast start was the high point of the year for the 1963-64 squad as the team went on to finish 10-9.

VIKINGS MOVE UP TO 7TH IN MID-MAJOR POLL:  A school-record 6-0 record to start  the season has propelled Cleveland State up nine more spots - from 16th to 7th - in the latest  CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Nov. 22).  For the second straight week, the Vikings almost doubled the points they received in the previous poll, picking up 515 votes (they received 270 last week). Gonzaga remains in the top spot in the poll, receiving 18 first place and 743 total points to edge Butler, who received seven first place and 739 total points.  A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season.