Saturday, February 15, 2014

News On The Horizon 2/15/2014

O26 Weekly Awards: Wichita State, Davon Usher, Gary Waters & Yale…--Rush The Court
O26 Team of the Week
Honorable Mentions: Yale (2-0: @Dartmouth, @Harvard); Cleveland State (2-0: @Oakland, @Wright State); Western Michigan (2-0: vs. Ohio, @Northern Illinois)
O26 Coach of the Week

Gary Waters has done a fine job with the Vikings. (CSU Athletics)

Gary Waters – Cleveland State. Waters is quietly putting together another really good season at Cleveland State. After suffering several tough losses early in the year and starting a disappointing 11-9, his Viking have since won six straight — including three in a row on the road — and now sit just one game out of first place in the Horizon League. The veteran coach has assembled a resilient and adaptive lineup, made evident by last week’s road victories over Oakland and Wright State. Against the offensive-minded Grizzlies, Cleveland State was unfazed by a somewhat quicker, looser pace, matching an incredible night from Travis Bader — the NCAA career three-point leader nailed 10 triples — with 61 percent three-point shooting of their own, coupling behind-the-arc proficiency with trips to the free throw line for a 92-55, come-from-behind victory. On Saturday at defensively-tough Wright State, the Vikings remained sharp offensively (which is crucial against the Raiders, which boasts the sixth-highest turnover percentage in the country), again using hot three-point shooting and free throws to claim yet another road win. Waters deserves credit for not only game-planning effectively against markedly different opponents, but for succeeding with a rotation that’s unlike the majority of his past teams. While traditional Cleveland State units tend to feature aggressive defenses adept at forcing turnovers, this year’s Vikings are more offensively-minded. With a 19th-ranked effective field goal percentage, this is easily the best-shooting squad Waters has ever had, a team more likely to bury the opposition with a swarm of made baskets than a swarm of steals. The eight-year coach has taken a new-look roster, with two first-year transfers and a forward who medical redshirted last season, and found a different way to win. He is our Coach of the Week as a result.

Honorable Mentions: James Jones – Yale; Rob Jeter – Milwaukee; Randy Rahe – Weber State
O26 Upset of the Week
Honorable Mentions: New Hampshire over Stony Brook (73-69); Milwaukee over Green Bay (73-63); Colgate over American (63-60)
The Rundown: February 13--Run The Floor
Green Bay at Youngstown St - ESPN3

(:30) Illinois Chicago at Cleveland St

Green Bay only leads the Horizon by a game over Cleveland St after the weekend. I suspect they will continue to do so because Green Bay and the Vikings won their first meetings against the respective schools by double digits.
Game Recap: Green Bay routs Youngstown St. in record setting night--Mid-Major Madness
Oakland vs. Detroit Game Recap: Grizzlies Survive Overtime Thriller Against Rival Titans--Mid-Major Madness
Paul Oren of Discusses Horizon League Race--Cleveland Leader
Oakland takes OT thriller against Detroit before record-crowd at O'rena--The Detroit News

Miami Heat, LeBron James fend off Golden State Warriors--Miami Herald
The Heat received noteworthy contributions from reserves Norris Cole and Michael Beasley in the first half. Cole had 10 points and Beasley scored 12 points in 13 minutes. They combined to go 9 of 12 from the field and Cole gave the Heat a 14-point lead with 4:10 left in the second quarter when he converted a three-point play against Curry. Beasley, receiving his first significant minutes in eight games, finished with 16 points.
LeBron James rewards Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra’s faith with game-winner--Miami Herald
The Heat received noteworthy contributions from reserves Norris Cole and Michael Beasley in the first half. Cole had 10 points, and Beasley scored 12 points in 13 minutes. They combined to go 9 of 12 from the field, and Cole gave the Heat a 14-point lead with 4:10 left in the second quarter when he converted a three-point play against Curry. Beasley, receiving his first significant minutes in eight games, finished with 16 points.
Winderman's view: Heat 111, Warriors 110--South Florida Sun Sentinel
-- Norris Cole was to the backcourt while Beasley was to the frontcourt in the first half, needed energy to keep the Heat afloat.
Akron loses, Kent wins at buzzer, Cleveland State starts stretch run - Local college hoops this morning--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State tops Illinois-Chicago to set up Saturday Horizon League showdown with Green Bay--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Balanced Scoring & 3 Point Shooting Keys to Cleveland State Success--Cleveland Leader
Cleveland State Win Over UIC Sets Up First Place Showdown Saturday--Cleveland Leader
Cleveland State 73, UIC 53: Vikings set up showdown with Green Bay--News-Herald
News and Notes: Cleveland State looks to hold serve at home--Cleveland State Hoops
Cleveland State Easily Defeats UIC 73-53--Vikings Ball
Men's Basketball Postgame vs.
Men's Basketball Highlights vs.
Vikings Win 7th Straight Game, 73-53, Over

WBB Highlights vs.
Vikings Tally Program-Best 17 Three’s In 82-74 Victory Over

Detroit Mercy seeking to avenge home loss vs. Oakland--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Mercy's Juwan Howard Jr. leads way with 33 points, but final shot off target vs. Oakland--The Detroit Free Press
Detroit Loses Heartbreaker to Oakland 83-82 in OT--Titans Update
Titans Fall In Hard Fought Contest At Oakland In

Titans Downed On The Road On
Quick Turnaround Has Titans In Cleveland On

Being a freshman does not faze Oakland's Kahlil Felder as Detroit Mercy awaits--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland 83, Detroit 82 (OT): Travis Bader's 30 points fuel Grizzlies' victory--The Detroit Free Press
Oakland gets long-awaited win over rival Detroit at O’rena--The Oakland Press
Detroit native Kahlil Felder gets triple-double in Oakland’s rivalry win over Titans--The Oakland Press
Detroit at Oakland rematch live blog--Grizzlies Den
PREGAME NOTES: Detroit at Oakland --Grizzlies Den
Oakland Sneaks by Detroit 83-82 in OT--Grizz Gang
Oakland dumps Detroit on Valentine's Day--Oakland Post

Oakland women rout Detroit--The Oakland Press
Golden Grizzlies trounce Titans, 97-78--Oakland Post

Cleveland State Continues Winning Streak with Defeat of UIC--The Catch and Shoot
UIC loses 14th consecutive game--The Chicago Tribune
Saturday's matchup: UIC at Youngstown State--The Chicago Tribune
Hot Vikings pull away--Whoosh!Net
UIC Blown Out by Cleveland State 73-53--Flame Fanatic
UIC Falls to Hot-Handed Cleveland State,
Flames Conclude Three-Game Road Stint at YSU on

Flames Look to Tie Program Record Saturday at Wright

Men's basketball: UWGB suspends Garrett 3 games for team policy violation--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Brown, UWGB start crucial road trip off on right foot--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Saturday's UWGB-Cleveland State preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Easily Defeats Youngstown State 71-40--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Downs Penguins 71-40 for 20th
Green Bay Visits Cleveland State on Saturday

Women's basketball: Young Phoenix in familiar spot--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's Basketball Looks to Even Season Series Against

Importance of the Bench and the Line--PantherU
Panthers Welcome Valpo To U.S. Cellular Arena Saturday

Searching for an Indiana tourney team, Florida's weakness, more--Sports Illustrated
GORCHES: Valparaiso’s Clay Yeo getting healthy, coming on strong--The Post-Tribune
Valpo's Yeo finally turning the corner in college transition--The NWI Times
Playing to Win? Playing to Cash?--Inside VU Sports
Crusaders Head to Milwaukee Saturday
Dority, Drozdowski Named Valparaiso Athletes of the Month for

Karungi Pours in 25, but 17 CSU Triples Trip Up
Crusaders March on to Face Penguins Saturday

Men’s Basketball: Raiders facing critical stretch--The Guardian

Green Bay overwhelms slumping YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
UW-Green Bay soars past Youngstown State 71-40--Mahoning Valley Tribune Chronicle
Youngstown State Crushed by Green Bay 71-40--Guin Report
Perry, Penguins neutralized in defeat--The Jambar
Perry Sets YSU’s Division I Scoring Mark in Loss to Green
Men’s Basketball Goes For Season Sweep of UIC

YSU women look to end skid against Valparaiso--Youngstown Vindicator
Penguins Hope to Snap Skid Against Valparaiso on

Interview: Charlie Lee 2/13/14--Horizon League Network
Green Bay and Cleveland State Remain at Top of the #HLMBB Standings--Horizon League Network
Oakland Captures Overtime Win Over Detroit--Horizon League Network

Youngstown State's Perry and Schlegel Collect Scholar-Athlete of the Month Honors--Horizon League Network

CSU and Oakland Pull Away in Second Half to Win--Horizon League Network

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