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Stow's Alyson Kolesar named Swimmer of the 

Week in the OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Senior Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was named Ohio Athletic ConferenceWomen's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.

Kolesar won a pair of events as Mount Union defeated St. Vincent (Pa.), 142-120, on Friday night at the Hammond Natatorium. Kolesar finished first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.94) and 500-yard freestyle (5:25.14).

Mount Union will compete next after the new year, when they travel to Melbourne, Fla. on January 4. The Purple Raiders will compete in a tri-match with Florida Tech and Queens (N.C.).

Mount's Ruhe named Swimmer of the Week in 

the OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Freshman Brian Ruhe (Versailles/Versailles) was named Ohio Athletic ConferenceMen's Swimmer of the Week on Monday.

Ruhe won three events during Mount Union's 163-90 victory over St. Vincent (Pa.) on Friday night at the Hammond Natatorium.  During individual competition, Ruhe took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.03) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.38), beating his previous top time of 2:24.16 at the Wooster Invitational a week ago.

Rob BrociousMike Zappa, and Hayden Birnbrich joined Ruhe on the 200 medley relay team that finished in first place with a time of 1:40.67.

Mount Union does not compete again until after the new year when they travel to Melbourne, Fla. on January 4th. 

The Purple Raiders will compete in a tri-match with Florida Tech and Queens (N.C.).

Raiders, Whitewater reach game seven, the 

rubber battle, in Stagg Bowl series

December 12, 2011 

#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (14-0, 9-0 OAC) vs.
#1 Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks (14-0, 6-0 WIAC)
Fri., Dec. 16 - 7 pm - Mount Union Stadium (Alliance, Ohio)

TV: ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3: Rob Stone (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (analyst), Tom Luginbill (reporter) 


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Two of the most exciting words in sports are "Game 7" and this week football gets a rare opportunity to share that excitement as No. 2 ranked University of Mount Union and No. 1 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater play in the NCAA Division III Football National Championship game for an unprecedented seventh time. The Stagg Bowl is Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 pm at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia.

The teams have played in each of the last six Stagg Bowls with Mount Union winning three in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and Whitewater taking the title three times in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Even closer is the total points over the six games favors Mount Union 171-170.

Mount Union (14-0) completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season to win its 23rd overall and 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference and an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament then won its opening round game 47-7 over Benedictine (Ill.), a 30-10 second round victory over #25 Centre (Ky.), a 20-8 win against #9 Wabash (Ind.) in the quarterfinals before a 28-21 victory over #7 Wesley (Del.) in the semifinals.

The Purple Raiders are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance with a 73-12 record in NCAA Playoff games. Mount Union has advanced to the Stagg Bowl (National Championship game) 15 times and have won a record 10 National Championships.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (14-0) earned an automatic bid by winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) title. The Warhawks are making their 10th playoff appearance with a 32-6 record in NCAA post-season play. Whitewater defeated Albion (Mich.) 59-0 in the first round, No. 17 Franklin (Ind.) 41-14 in the second round, a 34-14 win over No. 10 Salisbury (Md.) in the quarterfinals and beat No. 3 St Thomas (Minn.) 20-0 in the semifinals.


All Mount Union football games are broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.


This will be the eighth meeting between the schools with Mount Union holding a 5-3 edge in the series. The teams have met in each of the last six Stagg Bowls and also played a pair of regular season openers in 2002 and 2003 with Mount Union winning 44-21 in 2002 in Wisconsin and 40-17 in 2003 in Ohio. The Raiders are a combined 9-5 against WIAC teams (5-3 vs. UW-Whitewater, 2-2 vs. UW-LaCrosse and 2-0 vs. UW-Oshkosh). 


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 317-23-3 (.928) in his 26th season as head coach and is one of the most successful coaches in college football history as he is one of only 11 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. His teams have won 22 OAC Championships, including the last 20 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships. He is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association and this past summer was the offensive coordinator for Team USA as they won the gold medal in the IFAF World Championships.

Lance Leipold (UW-Whitewater '87) is 81-3 (.964) and has gotten the Warhawks to the title game in each of his five seasons as head coach at his Alma mater. He is a two-time National Coach of the Year that was a quarterback for the Warhawks and had assistant coaching stints at UW-Whitewater, Wisconsin and Nebraska-Omaha.


For the seventh year the NCAA Division III Football Championship consists of a 32-team field. For perspective, in Mount Union's first appearance in the playoffs in 1985, the field was 16 teams. This year's field breaks down like this: Automatic bids will be given to 25 conference champions, one spot is reserved for teams that are independents or in conferences not granted automatic bids and the final six spots are national at-large bids.

Each team is allowed to dress 52 players for a game. Six additional players can go through warm-ups but must be in street clothes and a jersey during the game.


Wisconsin-Whitewater features a high powered offense with multiple weapons, a defense that is stout against the run and forces turnovers ... sound familiar. The Warhawks enter the game with the nation's best 44-game winning streak.

The offense runs through All-American senior running back Levell Coppage has rushed for 2029 yards this season and enters this week with 7,704 career rushing yards which is 370 yards from former Mount Union player and current assistant coach Nate Kmic's college football record 8,074 yards rushing.

The Warhawk offense is more than one-man show though as senior quarterback Matt Blanchard has thrown for 2,755 yards with 23 TD's and only three interceptions. His top target is junior wide receiver Tyler Huber with 75 catches for 1,209 yards and 10 TD's. Leading the offensive line is 6-3, 311-pound senior tackle Logan Allemand.

A pair of linebackers in sophomore Kyle Wismer (65 tackles) and junior Greg Arnold (64 tackles) lead a talented defense. Junior defensive back Ryan Wenkman has a team-best six interceptions while upfront the senior duo of Casey Casper (5.5 sacks) and senior Jake Keeser (5.0 sacks) anchor the line.


Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000

55, 54
The Raiders hold the NCAA's two longest consecutive college football win streaks -- 55 from 2000-2003 and 54 from 1996-99.

Mount Union's record in the NCAA Playoffs 

game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14 loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

The Raiders record since 1990 when winning the turnover battle. That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game. In that game, the Raiders had a +1 turnover margin.

The Raiders 10 National Championships (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008) are a record for college football teams in a playoff format. Notre Dame has the most college football titles (11) for teams playing in a non-playoff format.

Mount Union has made 15 trips to the Stagg Bowl.  All since 1993,  which was the first time the game was played in Salem, Virginia.

Mount Union has an all-time record of 699-381-38 in 114 years of football. Which is second in Division III only in wins to Wittenberg (707). A total of 19 college football programs have over 700 wins. 


Larry Kehres is one of 11 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. Here is a list of the others.

  • 483 John Gagliardi * (Carroll, MT, St. John's, MN)
  • 409 Joe Paterno (Penn State)
  • 408 Eddie Robinson (Grambling State)
  • 377 Bobby Bowden (Samford, West Virginia, Florida State)
  • 323 Paul "Bear" Bryant (Alabama, Maryland, Kentucky, Texas A&M)
  • 319 Pop Warner (Georgia, Carlisle, Pitt, Stanford, Temple)
  • 317 Larry Kehres * (Mount Union)
  • 314 Roy Kidd (Eastern Kentucky)
  • 314 Amos Alonzo Stagg (Springfield, Chicago, Pacific)
  • 305 Frosty Westering (Parsons, Lea, Pacific Lutheran)
  • 300 Tubby Raymond (Delaware)

* Active


Junior safety Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had a team-high 13 tackles last week against Wesley. It was the second-time he had 13 tackles in a game this season which was also his fourth double digit tackle game of the year and one off his career-best 14 stops which he had against Baldwin-Wallace this season.

He was named D3football.com North Region Defensive Player of Year as one of the leaders of the nation's No. 1 rated defense. The OAC's Defensive Back of the Year, has a team-high 105 tackles, 17.0 for loss, along with 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Driskill, who also has a 3.69 gpa as a Biology major, is an Academic All-OAC, Academic All-District selection and is a nominee for the Capital One Academic All-American team.


Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 120 rushing yards against Wesley for his 10th 100-yard rushing performance this season and 17th of his career. In 28 career games, Murray has 3,287 yards on 604 attempts with 41 TD's. He is in fifth on the school's all-time rushing list and is eight yards behind fourth place spot of Russ Kring (3,295 yds. 1983-84, 86-87).


Junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul (pronounced Diesel) (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region), the OAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year, was named to the All-North Region First Team as he is second on the team in tackles 74 along with a team-high 19.0 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks along with three forced fumbles.


Junior defensive back Isaiah Scott (Hamilton/Fairfield) had three interceptions against Wesley. It gave him a team-best six interceptions on the season and he was first Raider since current defensive back coach Daryl Ely (11/10/07 vs. Marietta) to have three interceptions in a single game. Mount Union has 29 interceptions on the season which is three of the school-record 32 in 1992.


Junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had nine catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns. It was his fourth 100-yard receiving performance of the season but first since missing four games late in the regular season with an injury.


A year ago, junior quarterback Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) was getting ready to make his first career start in the Stagg Bowl. He was the backup the first eight games this season before an injury to Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) made him the starter again. He has won six-straight games as a starter including matching his career-high with four TD passes in the win against Wesley.


Larry Kehres is in his 26th season as head coach and 37th year working at Mount Union as he spent 10 seasons (1975-84) as an assistant to Ken Wable then in 1985 worked only as director of athletics before adding head football coach in 1986. You might not know, he was also the first swimming coach at Mount Union. If you include his four years as a quarterback with the Raiders (1967-70), the 1971 Mount Union grad has spent 41 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach, teacher and administrator.

Mount Union claimed its 23rd OAC Football title this season. The Raiders won their first title in 1985, Ken Wable's last year as head coach, their second in 1986 in Larry Kehres' first year as head coach. Mount Union next won the 1990 title then started a run of 20-straight starting in 1992.

Nine of 14 Mount Union opponents have been held to 200 yards or less of total offense. The Raiders are No. 1 in the nation in total defense allowing 202.2 yards per game. They have only allowed 34 first half points all year and just 13 in the second quarter.


Wide receiver Pierre Garcon was a sixth round draft pick in 2008 and is in his fourth season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. Cecil Shorts III was a fourth round pick this past spring and is in his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Two Raiders in the NFL coaching ranks are Nick Sirianni as the offensive quality control coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Dom Capers, the defensive coordinator of Green Bay Packers. Capers was also a college teammate of Mount Union coach Larry Kehres.


Mount Union replaced its 10-year old AstroPlay surface with a new FieldTurf playing surface this past summer. Fans will notice that the football and soccer lines are permanent with two tones of alternating green and black end zones. The black also carries over to new Nike home purple jerseys that the Raiders will wear this season. Mount Union's newest teams -- men's and women's lacrosse will start varsity play in the spring of 2013 and their lines will be painted onto the field. New turf was put in the South end zone which moved the students and band to the North end leading to Mount Union warming up on North side and entering the stadium from the Northwest corner of stadium.


CSU's Trevon Harmon named Horizon League 

Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- After leading Cleveland State to a 2-0 mark last week, senior guard Trey Harmon (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena) has been named the Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week, for the week of Dec. 5-11.

The accolade is the second time Harmon has earned the award. He also collected the honor on Jan. 3, 2011.

Harmon helped Cleveland State (10-1, 2-0 Horizon) build on the second-best opening to a season in program history as the Vikings concluded a seven-game road trip with a 62-58 win at Robert Morris before a 69-66 home victory against Akron on Saturday. In beating the Zips, Cleveland State swept the "Backyard Battles" against both Akron and Kent State for the second consecutive season.

In Thursday's (Dec. 8) win at Robert Morris, Harmon lifted the Vikings on the road, matching his career high with 24 points. Harmon was 7-of-13 from the field, including a 4-of-8 mark from three-point range as Cleveland State built a 16-point lead in the second half.

Harmon tied for game-high scoring honors in the win versus Akron, netting 16 points as he knocked down 4-of-6 attempts from behind the three-point arc. With the victory, Cleveland State improved to 7-0 this season in games decided by five points or less.

Cleveland State will be off this week for finals, resuming non-conference play on Monday, Dec. 19, with a trip to Tampa, Fla., to meet South Florida. 

The game will tip at 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN3 providing coverage. The Vikings will return to the Wolstein Center on Thursday, Dec. 22, hosting Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. ET, live on the Horizon League Network. 


    FIGHT THE POWER: After playing Power 6 teams six times last week, Horizon League members will play five games against Power 6 foes this week, with three of the contests coming in Horizon League venues.

o    Last week, the Horizon League collected two wins, as Detroit and Milwaukee picked off St. John’s and DePaul. Both will be back in action this week against Power 6 schools, as Detroit hosts #17/16 Mississippi State on Saturday (12 p.m., Horizon League Network), while Milwaukee welcomes #14/15 Wisconsin to U.S. Cellular Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m., Horizon League Network).

o    Wright State hosts Cincinnati on Wednesday (7 p.m., ESPN2), while Butler meets Purdue in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday (2 p.m., CBS) at Conseco Fieldhouse. UIC travels to Corvalis, Ore., to take on Oregon State on Tuesday (10 p.m.)

·         QUICK STARTS: Cleveland State has dropped just one game in the last two Novembers and Decembers, going a combined 24-2. The Vikings are receiving votes in the AP Poll, standing at 10-1 this year.

·         BARN BURNER: It might not receive the hype of other games this week, but keep an eye on Oakland’s trip to Valparaiso on Saturday night (8:05 p.m., Horizon League Network). Last year, the teams staged a classic, with Valparaiso holding on for a 103-102 win in regulation at the O’Rena. 

·         MYLANTA MOMENTS: Through the first nine games of Horizon League conference play, five have gone to the final possession and two went to overtime. On Saturday, both Milwaukee and Wright State dodged game-winning attempts by UIC and Youngstown State, respectively. Only two Horizon League contests have been decided by 10 or more points.

o    No team has won the Horizon League title after losing its conference opener dating back to 2001-02.

o    League play will be hiatus for the next three weeks, resuming on Thursday, Dec. 29.


o    Horizon League teams can be seen on ESPN Networks during the week, as ESPN3 will have the HLN feeds of both the Milwaukee-Wisconsin and Detroit-Mississippi State games. ESPN2 will carry the Wright State-Cincinnati contest on Wednesday.

o    Detroit will be continuing its swing against SEC opponents, hosting Mississippi State on Saturday. The Titans were at #16/15 Alabama on Sunday, falling 62-54.


o    Playing seven games against the MAC on Saturday, the Horizon League stood strong, going 5-2 in those contests. The Horizon League leads the season series, 9-6, after going 18-12 last year. The conferences will meet three times this week.

o    Ben Averkamp had 31 points in leading Loyola to a come-from-behind 57-55 win at Toledo, setting a career high and the season high in the Horizon League this year.

·         LEAGUE NOTES

o    Cleveland State continues to receive votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Vikings picked up 7 points in the AP poll (35th overall).

o    In the first nine Horizon League conference games of the year, five came down to the final possession and/or went to overtime. Wright State was both the victim and beneficiary in its two games, losing on a tip-in to Cleveland State, 45-43, and surviving for a 63-62 win over Youngstown State when the Penguins’ floater at the horn, hit the back of the rim.

o    For the third straight year, and sixth time in 12 seasons, Butler was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Horizon League.

o    14 players who starred in the Horizon League last season are presently in Europe pursuing a professional career or waiting for the resumption of the NBA season to begin the year.

o    The Horizon League owns the longest winning streak in the NCAA Tournament among non-Power 6 conferenes, having won a tournament game in each of the last 7 years.

·         Butler Bulldogs (4-6, 0-1 Horizon)

o    Butler dropped its third straight game for just the second time since 2004-05, falling at Ball State, 58-55. The Bulldogs also lost three straight a year ago, before reeling off 14 consecutive victories and reaching the national championship game.

o    The Bulldogs have had a player record a double-double in four straight games, as Khyle Marshall recorded career highs with 21 points and 16 rebounds at Ball State. On Wednesday, freshman Roosevelt Jones carried the Bulldogs for stretches, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds to record his first career double-double. Four different Bulldogs (Andrew Smith, Kameron Woods, Jones and Marshall) have collected double-doubles in the stretch.

o    Butler has had seven different players lead the team or share the team lead in scoring in the first 10 games.                                                                               

o    Senior Ronald Nored gave Butler its second straight Lowe’s Senior CLASS nominee, earning the honor this season. Last year, it was Matt Howard who became a finalist for the honor. Nored has climbed to sixth on the Butler career assists chart with 355.

o    Butler has won at least 26 games in five consecutive seasons. Butler’s 150 wins over the past five-plus years are a school and Horizon League record. The Bulldogs are part of the Horizon League’s seven-year winning streak in NCAA Tournament play, claiming victories in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

·         #rv/- Cleveland State Vikings (10-1, 2-0 Horizon)

o    The Vikings 10-1 start is the second best opening to a season in program history, topped only by last year’s 12-0 start. CSU is a combined 24-2 over the last two November’s and December’s. CSU plays four more games in December this year.

o    The Vikings are 7-0 in games decided by five points or less, winning two games last week. CSU defeated Robert Morris (62-58) and Akron (69-66).

o    Over the seven-game road trip in which it went 6-1, CSU held its opposition to 14-for-82 (.171) shooting from three-point range. Opponents are shooting just .232 (29-125) from three-point against CSU this year, ranked among the top five in the nation.

o    D’Aundray Brown had five steals last week, moving into 10th place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 177. He entered last week ranked second in the country with 3.1 steals per game.

o    Defensively, Cleveland State leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (57.3), steals (10.0) and opponent turnovers per game (19.7).

o    Cleveland State is one of three teams to have played a part in the Horizon League’s seven-year NCAA Tournament winning streak, having knocked off No. 4 Wake Forest, 84-69, as a No. 13 seed in 2009.

·         Detroit Titans (5-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Detroit went 1-1 in games against Power 6 teams last week, knocking off St. John’s 69-63 before falling at #16/15 Alabama, 62-54.

o    At Alabama, Detroit went without a three-point field goal for the first time since Feb. 27, 2010, shooting just 24 percent in the first half before outscoring the Crimson Tide, 32-24, in the game’s final 20 minutes.

o    After sitting out the first 10 games of the season, senior Eli Holman returned to the Titans’ rotation on Dec. 8, playing 19 minutes. In that span, Holman had 21 points and seven rebounds as the Titans blitzed Western Michigan, 92-81.

o    Detroit honored former Head Coach Dick Vitale on Dec. 5, dedicating “Dick Vitale Court” at Calihan Hall before knocking off St. John’s, 69-63, before a national television audience on ESPN2.

o    LaMarcus Lowe’s streak of recording at least 2 blocks in every game came to an end against Western Michigan, when he only recorded 1. Lowe’s 2.8 blocks per game are 25th in the NCAA.

o    Ray McCallum is a Preseason Wooden Award Watch List and Preseason Naismith Trophy honoree. The sophomore spent the summer with USA Basketball’s World University Games team. The youngest member of the team, McCallum appeared in all 8 contests, averaging 4.5 ppg while collecting 8 rebounds and 7 assists (2 turnovers).

·         Green Bay Phoenix (4-6, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Green Bay has played the ninth-toughest schedule in the country through Dec. 11, per RPIRatings.com. The six opponents the Phoenix have played away from home are a combined 45-11.

o    Sophomore Alec Brown broke out against #11/11 Marquette, recording a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds.

o    With 95 career blocks, Brown sits in fourth on the all-time Phoenix ledger.

o    Green Bay is 4-0 at home this season. Brown is averaging 16 points and 8.5 rebounds at the Resch Center and is 16-20 from the free throw line.

o    With 16 years of experience among 14 players, the Phoenix are the 13th-youngest team in the country. Green Bay will be working in six newcomers to the roster, along with Terry Johnson, who practiced with the team last year after transferring from Illinois State.

·         Loyola Ramblers (1-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Ben Averkamp’s 31 points led Loyola back from a 14-point deficit, as the junior hit a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer to send the Ramblers to a 57-55 win at Toledo.

o    Loyola played on Saturday without starters Walt Gibler (back spasms) and Joe Crisman (hand). With those two out, Loyola is dressing 6 scholarship players.

o    Averkamp is rounding into form after a rough start, chipping in 15.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 bpg and 1.2 spg over the last five contests. After scoring in double digits just once in the first four games, he has done so four times in the last five outings.

o    Gibler led Loyola’s comeback in a 69-58 loss to DePaul, scoring a career-high 29 points in the eventual defeat.

o    On Nov. 26, Loyola opened the renovated Joseph J. Gentile Arena in style, besting Fordham, 64-50, to collect its first win of the year, while sophomore guard Denzel Brito tallied his first career double-double against Fordham, finishing with 11 points and 10 assists.

o    The Ramblers boast two Pre-Med majors on their roster; both Walt Gibler and Ben Averkamp have designs on becoming doctors following the conclusion of their basketball careers. Averkamp averaged a team-best 12.0 points per game last year, while Gibler chipped in 9.4 ppg.

·         Milwaukee Panthers (8-2, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Milwaukee continues to fight injuries, the latest being a hand injury to Ja’Rob McCallum that his kept him out of the last 4 games. The Panthers have yet to play a game this season with their expected starting five, as Tony Meier missed the first six games of the year.

o    UWM collected its first win over a Big East opponent since 2005 on Dec. 5, routing DePaul, 87-76. The Panthers never trailed, leading by as many as 22 points in the game.

o    At 8-2, Milwaukee has matched its best 10-game start in its Division I history.

o    Paris Gulley and Meier shot down DePaul, combining to go 10-for-10 from three-point range. Gulley finished with a career-best 19 points, while Meier added 20. Kaylon Williams led the Panthers with 21 points.

o    In holding Loyola to 41 points, Milwaukee has allowed 50 or fewer points in three games, the most since the 2004-05 season.

o    The Panthers have held 9-of-10 opponents to less than 44 percent shooting from the field.

·         UIC Flames (3-5, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Through the first eight games of the season, UIC has seen six players lead the Flames in scoring, and five individuals pace the team in rebounding.

o    UIC enters this week’s slate of Horizon League games as the League’s leader in rebounding margin (+7.8), and much of that success on the boards has been due to the emergence of sophomore transfer Hayden Humes.  The Valparaiso, Ind., native is averaging 7.8 caroms over the past four games, including a pair of double-digit rebounding efforts.

o    UIC’s point guard duo of freshman Greg Travis and junior college transfer Gary Talton has made a fairly seamless transition to Division I basketball.  Talton leads the Flames in scoring (9.9 ppg), while Travis ranks sixth on the team in scoring (7.4 ppg). Talton is seventh in assists (3.1), with Travis right behind (2.9) in the Horizon League rankings.. Travis is third in assist/turnover ratio (1.7), while Talton is sixth (1.4).

o    The Flames attempted 28 free throws against visiting Northern Illinois in a 62-55 win, 12 more than the Huskies attempted (16). The Flames are now 3-0 on the season when attempting more freebies than their opponent.

o    UIC turned over the majority of its roster in the offseason, bringing in nine newcomers for head coach Howard Moore’s second season. Seven of the newcomers are true freshmen, with four hailing from the Chicagoland area and two coming from Dallas.

·         Valparaiso Crusaders (7-3, 1-0 Horizon)

o    Valparaiso is second in the nation in shooting from inside the three-point arc, knocking down 60 percent of its two-point attempts.

o    Sophomore Jay Harris matched his career high with 20 points in Saturday’s 82-79 win over Bowling Green.

o    Junior Ryan Broekhoff has turned into the Horizon League’s Swiss Army Knife, ranking in the top 10 in seven different Horizon League categories. Broekhoff is leads the conference in rebounding (9.0), is third in scoring (15.3) and 10th in field-goal percentage (49.5), among others.

o    Valparaiso won at Butler for the first time since 1988, taking a 77-71 overtime contest from the Bulldogs.

o    Junior Richie Edwards scored 18 points to lead all players at Butler. In his first year of Division I basketball, Edwards is averaging 10.0 ppg.

o    Two members of the Crusaders played in the World University Games. Broekhoff represented Australia, tying for team-high scoring honors in averaging 10.9 points per game. Edwards paced the New Zealand squad and ranked third overall among all tournament players with an average of 20.1 points per game.

·         Wright State Raiders (4-6, 1-1 Horizon)

o    Wright State held Miami to 30.2 percent shooting in winning 51-49. The mark was the lowest by a Raiders opponent since they held Jackson State to a 26.2 percent night on Nov. 16.

o    The Raiders struggled from the field at Air Force, shooting just 19.6 percent in a 55-34 loss to the Falcons. The point total was the lowest in school history.

o    Wright State was on both sides of games coming down to the final possession, falling on a tip-in against Cleveland State and getting a free throw with 1.4 seconds left to get past Youngstown State, 63-62.

o    The Raiders are the sixth-youngest men’s basketball team in Division I this year. Wright State averages 0.87 years of experience per player on its roster, matching that of UNC-Wilmington. Eight newcomers dot the Wright State roster, including seven true freshmen. In total, 11 players on the Raiders roster are listed as underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores).

o    The young group had a chance to bond as the program took a 10-day trip to Italy this August. The Raiders went 1-3, traveling through Rome, Florence, Venice, San Marino and Lake Como. Areceneaux was the lone Raider to finish in double figures in each of the four games in Italy (11, 11, 12, 10), while fellow freshman Tavares Sledge posted a team-best 7.5 rebounds per contest.

·         Youngstown State Penguins (6-3, 1-1 Horizon)

o    Youngstown State has matched its program record for three-pointers in a game, 14, three times this season, the most recent coming in Saturday’s 80-72 loss at Buffalo.

o    At 9.8 three-pointers per game, the Penguins rank eighth in the NCAA. Hitting 39.3 percent of those attempts, Youngstown State ranks 36th in the nation.

o    Senior Ashen Ward has made 112 career 3-pointers and needs two more to move into ninth place on the YSU all-time list.         

o    Junior Damian Eargle has 129 career blocks which ranks third all-time. His 38 blocks this season already ranks sixth on the single season chart.

o    Junior Blake Allen has made 70 3-pointers in his last 26 games played for an average of 2.7 three-pointers made per game.    

o    In total, Youngstown State returns 63.4 percent of its scoring and 63.3 percent of its minutes played from 2010-11. Five of the Penguins’ top seven scorers from last season return to the lineup.