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Murray rushes for 300 yards as

No. 2 Mount Union rolls

November 27, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Sophomore Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for 183 yards and No. 2 ranked Mount Union rushed for a season-high 309 yards as the Purple Raiders advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for a 19th consecutive season beating Delaware Valley (Pa.), 31-3 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs.

Mount Union (12-0) takes on Alfred (N.Y.), a 34-20 upset winner over No. 20 ranked Cortland State (N.Y.), next Saturday at noon in Alliance.

After forcing a Delaware Valley (9-3) punt on the game's opening possesion, Murray ripped off an 81-yard touchdown run on the Raiders first offensive play and staked Mount Union to an early 7-0 lead.

The game stayed at that score until Delaware Valley faced with a 4th-and-goal from the Mount Union 4-yard line and Jake Sobchak kicked a 21-yard field goal to close the gap to 7-3 with 2:09 left in the half.

Chaz Jordan (Medina/Medina Buckeye) then returned the ensuing kickoff 37 yards to give the Raiders the football at the Delaware Valley 33-yard line.  Four plays later quarterback Neal Seaman (Lousiville/Louisville) hit wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) across the middle and he dashed 20 yards for a score to make it 14-3 with 42 seconds left before halftime.

Shorts III

Mount Union then took the opening possesion of the second half and Seaman hit Shorts on passes of 23 and 13 yards to set up a two-yard Murrary touchdown plunge to extend the lead to 21-3.

In the fourth quarter, the Raiders would then get a 26-yard field goal from Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria) and Shorts would run in a score from five yards out of the "wildcat" formation for the 31-3 final.


Shorts finished with 81 yards rushing with a score on seven carries and had 112 receiving on 10 catches with a touchdown and Seaman was 14-of-19 passing for 160 yards.

The Mount Union defense held an Aggie offense that was averaging 195.5 yards rushing and 426.9 yards of total offense to just 53 yards rushing and 277 total yards.


Linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) and defensive end Lambert Budzinski(Canton/Massillon Jackson) each had a team-best eight stops.  Budzinski had two of Mount Union's five sacks to make him the Raiders' new single season leader with 17.0.

Delware Valley quarterback Mark Hatty was 21-of-38 for 212 yards passing, wide receiver Dan Heiland had five catches for 52 yards, running back Matt Cook had seven carries for 18 yards to lead the offense, while Rob Eagles had a game-high 12 tackles on defense.

Quakers Stall Yeomen Offense
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Richmond, Ind. –
 Oberlin College dropped a non-conference contest on the road today visiting former North Coast Athletic Conference opponent Earlham College. The Yeomen could not overcome an eight point halftime deficit and late foul trouble despite trailing by just two with ten minutes left in the game before falling 80-68.

Oberlin had four players score in double digits this afternoon. First-year Geoff Simpson led the way for the Yeomen knocking down 14 points. Simpson hit 5-5 from the floor including a three pointer and was perfect from the free throw line going 3-for-3. 

Senior sharp shooter Pat Bernhard was cool in the first half but rebounded with 13 points in the second period including three baskets from downtown;Andrew Fox and Josh Merritt chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. 

OC put the ball through the basket just after the tip on a layup by Charlie Crawford-Sil before the Quakers would rattle off nine straight points. Oberlin slowly made an effort to close the gap, a Merritt layup drew the Yeomen within five with 12:00 on the clock. Fox drained a three four and half minutes later to get OC with three points at 22-19.

Earlham used an 11-3 run late in the first half to stretch the lead to 38-30 at intermission.
The teams traded baskets early in the second period before the Yeomen made a little run to get within three, 44-41 at the 14:59 mark following two Fox free throws. Trey Levy grabbed his own offensive board and tucked the layup back for two to get Oberlin within two with just under ten minutes remaining.
Down the stretch Earlham would make the trip to the charity stripe often as the finished the game 26-37 from the line. Oberlin shot well from the stripe but only managed 19 trips connecting on 17. 

“We struggled on the glass and couldn’t get out in transition, which I thought might have helped us today. It’s tough to win on the road and in the NCAC so we are going to have to eliminate some of the mental errors and get a bit tougher to have games like this go our way,” head coach Isaiah Cavaco said following the game.

Oberlin (1-2, 0-0 NCAC) will have a quick turnaround as they host Waynesburg College on Monday, November 29 with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m. in Philips Gymnasium. Visit www.goyeo.com for live stats and video.





By Nick Minerd

Senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) scored a season-high 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball lost its fourth straight game, 86-69, to Olivet College on Saturday, November 27 to open up the 2010 John Steadman Classic, hosted by John Carroll University.

Case dropped to 1-4 overall with the loss and will have to regroup quickly, as the team is slated to play in the tournament’s consolation game tomorrow against hosting John Carroll University at 1:00 p.m. JCU lost to Bethany College, 70-69, in the 7:00 p.m. game on Saturday night. Olivet improved to 3-2 overall on the season and will face Bethany in the 3:00 p.m. championship match. Both games will take place in the DeCarlo Varsity Center.
Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but Case was unable to contain a trio of Olivet scorers in double figures.

The Spartans led 11-10 eight minutes into the first half after a jumper by sophomore guard Robert Scott (Paoli, PA/Conestoga), but a pair of free throws gave Olivet the advantage on their next trip down the court.

Olivet stretched its lead as far as eight in the first half, but Case managed to trim the advantage back down to 39-38 heading into the locker room after a buzzer-beating trey by Anderson.

Olivet then began the second half on an 8-4 run before trading buckets with the Spartans on two-straight possessions to hold a six-point lead, 52-46, with 12:03 remaining in the game. Case narrowed the margin to two points on an Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) lay-in at the 9:32 mark.

Olivet would allow the Spartans to get no closer, however, as Olivet barreled its way to a 20 point lead before winning by 17.

After burying six three-pointers in the first half, Case went cold from behind the three-point line in the second, hitting on just 1-of-8 attempts as Olivet muscled its way to the free throw line a total of 21 times. The Comets shot down Case from the charity stripe all game, hitting on 35-of-41 total attempts.

Cleveland State basketball team hits 

the road

November 27, 2010 

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State hits the road for the first time in two weeks when the Vikings travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 28) at 2:00 p.m. in Assembly Hall. The Vikings have won their first five games to open the season for just the second time in school history following Friday's 67-49 win over Florida A&M. CSU defeated the Hoosiers at home in overtime last season, 77-75, rallying from a seven point deficit with one minute left to force overtime. Indiana is 2-3 overall, having lost three straight, including a 69-58 setback at home to St. Louis on Wednesday (Nov. 24) in its most recent contest.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has the Vikings off to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. \

Kate Peterson

Kate Peterson

With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad must incorporate several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. The starting lineup is centered around guardShawnita Garland (10.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 5.4 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons.

Janelle Adams


 She is joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (8.4 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (12.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.4 apg). Juniors Takima Keane (9.0 ppg) andDanisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg) will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (14.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 4.4 apg), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and junior Destinee Blue (10.4, 6.8) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (0.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt

 (0.5 ppg), will also fight for time.

Kaila Montgomery


HEAD COACH Kate Peterson ABIAD: Kate Peterson Abiad is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Vikings and claims an overall record of 90-128 (.413), leading the Vikings to 19 wins in each of the last three seasons and Horizon League titles and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. The sixth head coach in school-history, Peterson Abiad spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, serving as the recruiting coordinator starting in 1998 after working as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois (1993-97) and Indiana (1991-93). A 1991 graduate of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Peterson Abiad earned Kodak All-America honors her senior season after setting the NCAA Division III record for three-point field goals per game at 3.85.

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings received a mention in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Tuesday (Nov. 23), earning 22 points to rank sixth among teams in the "Others Receiving Votes" section (31st overall). Horizon League member Green Bay tops the poll, while Toledo, which CSU defeated on Tuesday night, checked in at 17th in the latest rankings.

WINTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shalonda Winton was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for her performance in CSU's two wins last week in which she averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game and shot .500 (13-26) from the field. She began the week with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals at Buffalo on Monday (Nov. 15) and followed that up with her second career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Niagara (Nov. 19), adding a career-high eight assists and five steals.

FIVE AND OH!: Friday's win over Florida A&M allowed the Vikings to begin a season 5-0 for just the second time in school history. The 1974-75 team holds the school record for most consecutive wins to open a season with seven straight.

... AND IN A ROW: CSU's five game win streak is the Vikings longest in almost two years. The Vikings, who also had a five game win streak during the 2008-09 season (Feb. 14-28), last won six in a row in 2007-08 (Jan. 17-Feb. 7).

STUCK ON 50: In a very quirky statistical oddity, the Vikings have held three of their first five opponents to exactly 50 points. The streak started when Cornell scored 50 in the season opener and continued in the last two games with Niagara and Toledo both scoring 50 points. Buffalo, which scored 69 points, has been the only team to break the 50 point mark against the Vikings, allowing CSU lead the league in scoring defense at 53.6 points per game.

... AND DO ONE BETTER AGAINST FAMU: The Vikings may not have held Florida A&M to exactly 50 points on Friday night, but head coach Kate Peterson Abiad was more than pleased with the defensive effort her squad turned in. That's because the Vikings held the Rattlers to 49 points.

PROTECTING THE HOME COURT: The Vikings extended their home winning streak to six straight with Friday's win over FAMU. CSU, which is 34-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season, hasn't lost at home since a 74-64 setback to Loyola on Feb. 6, 2010.

WINTON LIKES DOUBLES: Shalonda Winton is playing some of her best basketball, ranking 13th in the league in scoring (14.0) and second in rebounding (9.3). She has notched three straight double-doubles, averaging 12.7 points and 12.3 rebouds per game during the stretch. For good measure, she is adding 5.3 assists and 3.0 steals over the last three contests.

GAME 102 NEXT FOR GARLAND: When Shawnita Garland takes the floor on Sunday at Indiana, it will be the 102nd career game for the senior. With at least 25 games left this season, Garland will have a shot to break the school record for games played in a career which is 127 by Kailey Klein and Jessica Roque (2006-10).

... AND CLOSES IN ON WINS RECORD: All Shawnita Garland does is win and she is close to breaking the record for most career wins by a senior in program history. The record is 72 wins by the 1983-84 seniors who won 16, 14, 23, and 19 games in their careers. Garland is currently at 62 wins, having been part of 19 wins in each of her first three seasons and five wins this year.

BLUE NETS CAREER HIGH: Destinee Blue scored a career-high 17 points in Friday's win over FAMU, hitting 8-of-12 from the field and adding five rebounds. Blue, whose previous career high was 13 points against Niagara (Nov. 19), is averaging 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, ranking second in the league in field goal percentage (.564; 22-39).

A HELPING HAND: CSU has done its fair share of spreading the ball around early in the year, ranking second in the Horizon League in assists (17.0 apg). However, it has been over the last three games in which the Vikings have really shared the ball, handing out 57 assists on their 70 baskets (81-percent) in wins over Niagara, Toledo and FAMU. The Vikings had 18 assists on 23 buckets in the win over Niagara and followed that with 19 assists on 21 baskets in Tuesday's win over Toledo. CSU dished out a season-high 20 assists on 26 field goals on Friday vs. FAMU.


. AND GARLAND LEADS THE WAY: As the lone senior and one of just two returning starters from last year,Shawnita Garland has often been the focus of opposing defenses early this season. With that, she has been able to get her teammates easy looks at the basket, allowing Garland to rank second in the league with 5.4 assists per game, including a career-high nine versus Toledo on Tuesday (Nov. 23).

THREE DOUBLE UP: The Vikings had three players record double-doubles in the Nov. 19 win over Niagara, a first in program history. Shalonda Winton had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Shawnita Garland added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Destinee Blue recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

ON THE GLASS: When the Vikings had three players record double digit rebounds against Niagara on Friday (Nov. 19), it marked the first time since Feb. 9, 2002 against Detroit that the feat has been accomplished in program history. Karen Woloszynek had 12 rebounds, while Ashley Schrock and Shannon Sword both had 11 in that 75-63 win over the Titans.

Ashley Schrock


AND BEFORE THAT: Ironically, the Nov. 19 game versus Niagara was the second time in school history that the Vikings had three players with 10 or more rebounds against the Purple Eagles. It also happened on Dec. 12, 1998, a 91-66 win when Audra Cook had 12 rebounds (19 points), Kim Brockway grabbed 10 boards (11 points) and Brandi Tatum had 11 rebounds (9 points) as the Vikings just missed having three players with double-doubles.

GARLAND CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS: Shawnita Garland is just 34 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Garland scored 114 points as a freshman, 384 points during her sophomore campaign and 417 last year. She has 51 points this year.

VIKINGS A STEAL: The Vikings rank second in the Horizon League with 11.4 steals per game, having amassed at least nine steals in all five games, 

\including a league season high of 16 at Cornell (Nov. 13).Shalonda Winton and Shawnita Garland are tied for third in the league with 2.8 steals per game.

BEYOND THE ARC: The Viking defense has been lethal to opponents outside the three point arc this year, limiting their first five opponents to just 17-of-77 (.221) from three-point. CSU held Buffalo to a 1-of-17 effort and Toledo to a 3-for-22 performance from three point.

T.K. IS A.O.K.: Junior Takima Keane has provided a spark off the bench, averaging 9.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She is shooting .552 (16-29) from the field to rank fifth in the league in field goal percentage, while also ranking third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.500), hitting 7-of-14. After scoring 10 points in the opener at Cornell, Keane exploded for a career-high 13 points in just 14 minutes at Buffalo.

KING ME: Sophomore Honesty King made her first career start a memorable one on Nov. 13 at Cornell, tying for game-high honors with 14 points, all of which came in the first half. King is averaging 8.4 points per game and ranks sixth in the Horizon League in three pointers made (2.2).

GARLAND ON THE GLASS: She may only be 5-foot-5, but Shawnita Garland has had no trouble grabbing her fair share of rebounds this season, ranking eighth in the league with 7.0 per game. Garland tied her career-high with 12 rebounds at Cornell and added 10 versus Niagara.

SHE'S A THIEF: With three steals against FAMU, senior Shawnita Garland remained in fifth place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 233. She needs 31 more to move past Sue Koziol (1981-84) and into fourth place. Garland holds two of the top-10 single season records for steals in school history, including 100 last year that ranks third, and 88 as a sophomore which is 10th all-time.

VIKINGS SIGN THREE: CSU signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 11 and the trio will join the program for the 2011-12 season. 

The class is as follows...

Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone): One of the top players in Ohio, earning special mention all-state accolades after averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 6.2 assists for Firestone last year.

Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township): Averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior and is one of just three players in school history with 1,000 career points.

Tess Zufall (Slicksville, Pa./Greesburg Central Catholic): Averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last year, earning WPIAL all-region and all-conference honors.

KLEIN IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS: Former CSU standout Kailey Klein signed a professional contract to join Satu Mare of the Division A League in Romania on Aug. 30. Klein left her hometown of Cherry, Ill., two days later for the season which will run from mid-October through mid-May. Through eight games (as of Nov. 27), Klein was leading the team in scoring at 19.0 points and ranked second in rebounds (6.9) with two double-doubles, helping Satu Mare to a 5-3 mark.

UP NEXT: The Vikings return home to host Western Michigan on Friday (Dec. 3) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

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