A Page -- Nov. 26, 2011 -- AM Edition


Vikings ice Boston University; steal victory away in final seconds after trailing first 39 minutes and 56 seconds of the game

KINGSTON, R.I. - Jeremy Montgomery hit a pair of free throws with 3.4 seconds left to cap a furious second half rally and give Cleveland State a 63-62 win over Boston University in the Ticket City Legends Classic on Friday afternoon.

The win improved the Vikings to 5-0 this season, the second best start in program history, while the Terriers fell to 0-4.

It was the second time in a week that the Vikings won in the final seconds. Trey Harmon hit a three-pointer with two seconds left last Friday in a win over St. Bonaventure. 

"This was a hard-fought game and they outplayed us for 39 minutes today," head coach Gary Waters said. "They were really up to play and I thought our guys were always on the defense, but at the end, they came through as seniors should. They made plays that gave us a chance to win."

The Vikings trailed 45-34 with 9:46 to play, but refused to go away, scoring five straight points to cut the deficit to six (45-39) on two Montgomery free throws with 8:41 to play. However, the Terriers came right back and pushed the lead to nine points (52-43) on a three-point play from Patrick Hazel.

Once again, the Vikings refused to wilt.

Three straight baskets by D'Aundray Brown followed, including a three-pointer that capped his own personal 7-0 run to bring CSU within two at 52-50 with 4:19 left. After two Terrier free throws, Brown hit another three-pointer to slice the lead to one (54-53) with just over three minutes left.

Three straight free throws from Boston U. followed, but Harmon answered with a three-pointer to bring the Vikings back within one (57-56) with 1:49 left.

A bucket by the Terriers was answered with two Aaron Pogue free throws, but after two more BU free throws, the Vikings came up empty and Darryl Patin split a pair of free throws to give the Terriers a 62-58 lead with 13 seconds left.

The Vikings came down the court quickly and got the ball to Harmon who nailed a three-pointer with six seconds left to bring CSU back within one at 62-61.

Following a timeout, BU had to inbound the ball from underneath its own basket. With the five second count ticking close, the Terriers got the ball inbounds, but it was tipped away and Montgomery came up with it and was tripped up by Matt Griffin.

"We wanted to be in a total denial on the inbound," Waters said. "We wanted to make them lob the ball, that's what they ended up doing, we were able to get the steal and hit the free throws."

As the eighth team foul, Montgomery went to the line for a one-and-one and hit the front end to tie the game at 62-62. He nailed the second one which proved to be the game-winner when a Terrier desperation shot missed at the buzzer.

"It was big to come up with the steal and get Jeremy to the free throw line because we didn't have to hit a shot from the field," Waters said. "We work on free throws each and every day and it paid off for us today."

The game got off to a slow start offensively as a Montgomery three-pointer made it 3-2 at the 18:46 mark. It stayed that way for almost three minutes as the first half would feature three ties and eight lead changes.

Freshman Anton Grady finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Brown added 14 points and six boards. Harmon had 11 points and Pogue grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

CSU shot 22-of-65 from the field, while holding BU to 16-of-40. The Vikings forced the Terriers into 19 turnovers, the first team to finish with less than 20 turnovers against CSU this year.

The Vikings had 11 steals. They also hit 12-of-13 at the free throw line, while Boston went 28-of-44 at the charity stripe. The Vikings also held a 41-34 advantage on the boards.

The Vikings continue play in the Ticket City Legends Classic on Saturday (Nov. 26) when CSU plays Hofstra at 2:30 p.m. at Rhode Island.

Avon advances to state title game for first time in school history with D-II semifinal win over Aurora; Justin O’Rourke throws five TD passes

PARMA -- Avon football advanced to the state championship game for the first time in school history with a 43-20 win over Aurora here Friday night.

The Eagles will play in the Division II game in Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium next Friday night. The Eagles put together back-to-back multiple touchdown halves and a defensive effort that shut down the vaunted Aurora run.

Greg Harrison set up the first score of the game by recovering an Aurora fumble for the Eagles at the Avon 48-yard line.

The Eagles drove into the red zone but the Aurora defense stiffened and the Avon club had to settle for a field goal. Brad Young made it 5 of 5 on field goal attempts this season by slitting the uprights on the 31 yarder with 6:52 to go in the first quarter.

Avon added to the lead early in the second quarter. First, on a fourth and two from the Greenman 18, Justin O’Rourke sneaked for a first down. Second, O’Rourke threw 12 yards to Jake Mullins for an Eagle touchdown.

Young’s PAT made it 10-0 with 9:47 to go in the half.


Then it would be Aurora’s turn to take advantage of a takeaway. J.T. Haughey recovered a fumble at the Avon 34. Blake Calcei threw a screen pass to Zach Quinn, who went all the way down field for the score.

Tony Melchiori kicked the extra point and it made it a 3-point game,, 10-7, with 4:33 to go in the half.

O’Rourke racked up TD pass No. 2 of the game when he fired 40 yards to Ralph Smith to make it 16-7 with a little over a minute to go in the half.

Tony Opet blocked the PAT attempt and the score stood 16-7 to the half after the Avon defense registered a big sack and tackle for loss in its own territory to deny the Greenmen a red zone or otherwise scoring chance in the last minute of second stanza.

Aurora punted a lot on the evening. Melchiori launched a 71-yard punt in the third quarter.


In an 80-yard drive aided by a pass interference penalty on the Greenmen, Avon made it 22-7 with O’Rourke’s third TD pass of the contest, this one of 40 yards to Will Karnavas with 7:20 to go in the third. After getting called for a penalty on while lining up for the PAT kick and then followed on a bonehead decision to go for two, missing on the eight-yard run attempt

Avon recovered the ensuing kickoff that was fumbled by Aurora, and then a handful of plays later Avon made it 29-7.  First O’Rourke hit matt Eckhardt for the sixth time of the evening for a first-and-goal and then Austin Bevins ran it in with 6:20 to go in the third.

Young’s PAT put the Eagles one point away from 30.

O”Rourke’s fourth TD pass of the evening went to Harrison with 11:22 to go in the game. Young’s kick made it 36-7.

Quinn scored again six plays and 1:12 later to make it 36-14. O’Rourke threw 40 yards to Eckhardt for the sixth Eagle TD of the evening. Calcei scored on the keeper for Aurora’s third TD.

The Eagles lost Ross Douglas to injury in the first half. He did not return for the second half.



Vikings Earn Thrilling 72-66 Overtime Victory At Western Michigan

Four gals score in double figures

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Behind four players in double figures, including Janelle Adams who had a game-high 18, the Cleveland State women's basketball team was able to pull out a 72-66 overtime victory at Western Michigan Friday evening. With the win, the Vikings even their record to 2-2, while the Broncos fall to 0-4 on the season.

Also scoring in double figures for CSU were Honesty KingShalonda Winton and Takima Keane. King, who posted a three-pointer with four seconds left to tie the game, added 15 points and four steals, while Winton tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and Keane added 10 points.

L to R -- King, Winton, Keane

After allowing WMU to take the lead for just the second time of the contest at the 9:48 mark of the second half, the Vikings battled back and traded baskets with the Broncos during the final 10 minutes of regulation. The Broncos were able to outscore CSU 16-4 during the first half of the second stanza, as the Vikings were unable to hit a field goal until the 9:20 mark when Winton made a layup to tie the contest at 46-46.

The Broncos earned their largest lead of the contest with 3:38 left to play, as they held a five-point lead at 55-50. The Viking defense held strong though, as they forced three WMU turnovers during the next 3:30 including a crucial turnover with just nine seconds left in regulation. After the Adams steal, her second of the night, she was able to find King at the top of the arc who put home a three-pointer with four seconds left on the clock to tie the game (60-60) and eventually force overtime. 

CSU dominated the overtime period, outscoring WMU 12-6 including a 7-0 run to open the stanza. That Viking run spanned over the first 3:22 of overtime, with a three-pointer from King and four points from Adams. Cleveland State held the Broncos to just two field goals during overtime, as they shot just 33% from the field.

The Vikings, who closed the opening half on a 17-7 run, went into halftime with an 11-point lead (40-29) after shooting 43-percent from the field during the first half. The lead changed three times during the first five minutes of action, with CSU regaining the lead at the 15:12 mark off of a Keane three-pointer. From here, CSU controlled the game throughout the rest of the opening frame, until WMU was able to take over after halftime.

CSU held the advantage in rebounds throughout the contest, 42-35 including a season-best 13 offensive boards. The Vikings tied their season-high with 13 steals against the Broncos, while they forced 21 WMU turnovers, including 10 in the second half.

Winton, who now has 500 rebounds on her career, currently ranks 18th on the all-time career rebound list at Cleveland State.

The Vikings will return to action Sunday (Nov. 27) when they host Cornell in a 2:00 p.m. contest at the Wolstein Center.

Mount Union rolls in first round up M tourney

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- #13 ranked Mount Union scored 58 first half points on its way to a 92-44 rout of Allegheny (Pa.) Friday in the opening game of the M Club Shootout at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Mount Union (4-0), which had 16 different players get into the scoring column, will play the winner of a matchup between Waynesburg (Pa.) and Manchester in the tournament title game Saturday at 5 pm.

The Purple Raiders opened the game on a 33-9 run and really never looked back as the lead was extended to 31 points, 58-27 at the break.  

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half for Mount Union.


Fellow junior guard Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) had 13 points and freshman Aly Daniel (Willard/Willard) came off the bench with 10 points as the other double digit scorers for the Raiders.

Mount Union forced 29 turnovers and held a 44-34 edge on the boards.

Allegheny (3-2) got 12 points and 9 rebounds from Heidi Goeller as the Gators will play in Saturday's 3 pm consolation game.