Archive for December, 2007

Dayton Bombers Defeat Wheeling Nailers

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Dayton, Ohio -The Dayton Bombers hockey team defeated the Wheeling Nailers, 4-2 in front of 3,221 fans at the Ervin J Nutter Center Friday night.

When the Bombers scored first, less than 3 minutes into the game, it appeared that it was going to be a high-scoring contest. However, that was the only goal for both teams in the first period of play.

The Nailers outplayed the Bombers in the second period when they scored two consecutive goals to take the lead in the game. The Bombers leading scorer, Yanick Tifu, responded by scoring a goal on the Bombers power play to tie the game 2-2 before the end of the second period.

During the third period, play was stopped for an extended duration when one of the Wheeling players was injured and left a pool of blood on the ice. Even though it was an inadvertent stick in the face, the Wheeling players appeared very agitated. However, the Bombers went on to outplay the Nailers and score two more goals to “nail” the victory.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Crush Colorado Avalanche

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 in front of 13,150 fans at Nationwide Arena Wednesday Night.

Fredrik Norrena had 15 saves for the Blue Jackets as they dominated Colorado to improve their record to 14-11-6 while Colorado dropped to 16-13-1.

Columbus Blue Jackets rookie center Dan Fritsche assisted center Manny Malhotra for the only goal of the first period. (Note: Dan Fristche has a brother, Tom Fritsche that plays for the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team.)

The Colorado Avalanche only score was in the second period to tie the game at 1, after a Ben Guite goal assisted from Andrew Brunette and John Michael Liles.

Jared Boll, Kyle Beech, and Sergei Fedorov scored the other 3 goals for the Blue Jackets. Fedorov scored his goal on an empty net with 50 seconds left to play.

This win was significant because before the last two times the Blue Jackets won, they were 2-21 against the Colorado Avalanche in franchise history.

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat Colorado Avalanche last week 5-4 at home when they made a furious comeback in the third period scoring 4 goals.

The win against Colorado for the second consecutive time, shows Columbus is definitely an improved team since the franchise began in 2001 and will eventually make the playoffs – even if they don’t make the playoffs this year – they will in the next few years.

Bradley Defeats Wright State in OT

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Fairborn, Ohio – Andrew Warren led Bradley with 23 points and T. Wilson added 14 points and 9 rebounds as Bradley defeated Wright State 72-65 in overtime at the Ervin J. Nutter Center Tuesday night.

Bradley went into the half leading 29-26. Bradley had out rebounded Wright State 20-10 at half and finished the game with 42 rebounds to only 32 rebounds for Wright State.

Von Duggins scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Scottie Wilson added 8 points and 12 rebounds.

Bradley shot 25-of-56 for 44.6% and 10 for 22 from the 3 point line. Wright State shot 24-62 for 38.7% and 7-19 from the 3 point line.

Wright State would battle back in the second half and get in synch as Wright State would lead by 9 points, 51-42 with 6:28 left to go. Bradley would go on a 14-7 run to keep the game close.

Wright State up 58-56, John David Gardener fouled Jeremy Crouch to put him at the line to shoot two free throws with 19 seconds left to go in regulation. Crouch made them both to tie the game at 58.

Wright State still had a chance to win the game with only 19 seconds left to go. Vaughn Duggins missed the game winning jumper with 1 second left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, Bradley ran away with the game outscoring the 2 point underdog Wright State Raiders 14-7.

Wright State drops to 3-3 and takes on the Miami Redhawks at home Saturday night, while Bradley improved to 7-3 and plays at #19 Butler on December 19th.

Ohio State Hangs on to Beat Coppin State

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

The Ohio State Buckeyes lead by freshman guard Evan Turner and senior point guard Jamar Butler scored 13 points each Monday night to hold off Coppin State 47-39.

Thad Matta decided to change the starting lineup and started freshman guard Evan Turner, as he made his first collegiate start in place of freshman shooting guard Jon Diebler who had started all the previous games until Monday night.

Turner did well by shooting 5-8 from the field and 3-4 from beyond the arc for a total of 13 points and showed great hustle by getting 3 steals, but he did have 5 turnovers.

T McKee scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and E Hayden contributed 10 points to lead Coppin State.

Ohio State came out strong from the beginning of the game to start with an 8-0 run, while Coppin State had to take two 20 second timeouts in less than 3 minutes into the game.

The 8 point margin to begin the game was the biggest lead Ohio State would have all game, besides the final score as Coppin State stayed close with Ohio State throughout the whole game.

Ohio State shot 18-of-41 from the field for 43.9% and 8-of-22 from the 3 point line, while Coppin State shot 16-of-45 for 35.6% and 3-12 from the 3 point line.

Coppin State would take the lead for the one and only time of the game 33-31 with 10:37 left in the game.

Ohio State would battle back and gain the led as Coppin State stayed within two points until 4:27 left in the game when Othello Hunter made a lay-up to put Ohio State up 41-37 as Ohio State went on an 8-0 run – just like they did at the beginning of the game – to close the game out 47-39.

Not only was the low score of the game a surprise to me, but that Ohio State struggled and barely could beat a second-rate team like Coppin State at home by only 8 points. Ohio State played Coppin State last year at home and annihilated Coppin State 91-54. I was expecting Ohio State to win by at least 20 points. Coppin State dropped to 3-7, while the Buckeyes improved to 5-3.

The interesting thing is Coppin State’s next game is against the Dayton Flyers Saturday night at UD Arena (I will be there) – so it will be interesting to see how Coppin State matches up and plays against Dayton Saturday night.

Bengals Win at Home Against Rams

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Third string quarterback Brock Berlin made his first starting debut starting for injured quarterback Marc Bulger Sunday afternoon in the wet rainy weather against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brock Berlin didn’t make any big plays which was the difference for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brock Berlin completed 17-28 passes for 153 yards and 1 interception. Carson Palmer didn’t play much better, completing 21-29 for 189 yards and throwing 2 interceptions.

The Bengals scored on a 1 yard Rudi Johnson touchdown in the first quarter and Shayne Graham kicked 4 field goals for the Bengals offense that couldn’t finish their drives as they beat the St Louis Rams 19-10 Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.

Besides the 1 field goal for the Rams, the Rams only touchdown came on Fakhir Brown’s 36 yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter to make St Louis down only 10-7.

The Bengals defense held the Rams to 3-13 on third down conversions while the Bengals were 7-15. Cincinnati had 18 1st downs compared to 10 for St Louis.

Rudi Johnson led the Bengals in rushing with 92 yards on 23 carries and 1 touchdown – the only offensive touchdown of the game. Stephen Jackson rushed for 91 yards on 18 attempts – 3 more yards than the whole team.

The Bengals rushed for a total of 192 yards and 370 yards total for the game, while St Louis only gained a total of 241 yards.

The Bengals improved their record to 5-8 – however the disappoint for the Bengals is that they now have been eliminated from the playoffs – while St Louis fell to 3-10.

Wright State Upsets #13 Ranked Butler

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Fairborn, Ohio – After the other local Dayton area team, the Dayton Flyers upset the Louisville Cardinals 70-65 at Freedom Hall in Louisville earlier in the afternoon, The Wright State Raiders became the other Dayton-area team to make the day perfect for the city of Dayton by upsetting the #13 ranked Butler Bulldogs 43-42 in a low scoring game at the Nutter Center in front of 6,981 fans Saturday night. 

Todd Brown and Scottie Wilson had 10 points each to lead Wright State with the upset over Butler, which lost its first game of the season and dropped to 8-1 (1-1).  Wright State improved to 3-2 (1-1). 

The key for Wright State was shutting down AJ Graves who was averaging 16.6 points a game.  Saturday night, Graves only scored 6 points on 2-11 shooting, including 0-6 from beyond the arc, and 2-2 from the foul line. 

Julie Bertko lead Butler with 14 points.  Butler shot 16-50 from the field for 32%, while Wright State shot 18-38 for about 47%. 

After John Gardner made a 3 pointer at the buzzer to end the half, Wright State went to into the half up 28-27. 

In the second half, Wright State and Butler would go on a cold spell, with both teams only scoring 15 points each in the second half.  

Butler down 32-30 with 14:28 left in the game, Butler went on a 10-1 run to take a 40-33 lead with 9:23 to go. 

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Todd Brown would assist Scottie Wilson both times while he made back to back 3 pointers to cut Butler’s lead to 1. 

The teams exchanged baskets to make it 42-41 Butler with 3:13 to go.  Will Graham made a jumper for Wright State with 2:13 to go to take the lead 43-42. 

Butler had a chance to win the game after Julie Bertko stole the ball with 20 seconds left in the game.  Butler called a full timeout and AJ Graves missed a 3 point shot with 4 seconds left as there was a scrum on the floor for the ball as time expired. 

Wright State students stormed the court, just like the last two times when Wright State beat Butler both times at home in the regular season and the Horizon League Championship game.  

I must be good luck being at the game for the Raiders when they play Butler at home because both times in the regular season they won. 

How often do your 2 local area teams beat ranked teams in the same day?

Wright State takes on Bradley at home Tuesday night and Butler’s next game is against FSU on December 15th.

Dayton Upsets #11 Ranked Louisville

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

The Dayton Flyers lead by Brian Roberts 28 points upset the #11 Louisville Cardinals 70-65 at Freedom Hall Saturday afternoon keeping Rick Pitino from reaching his milestone 500th career victory. 

The last time the Flyers knocked off a nationally ranked team on its home court was back in 1985 when UD stopped the DePaul Blue Demons at the Rosemont Horizon. 

Dayton came out hot from the very start of the game with a 7-0 lead and Louisville was scoreless, going 0-6 for the first 4 and a half minutes of the game and used its 3rd full timeout in 9 minutes of the game to settle down Dayton as it pulled to 14-4 lead after back to back 3 pointers from Brian Roberts. 

Brian Roberts scored 14 of Dayton’s first 19 points.  After having sub par games in the last two games with only 7 points, Roberts finished the game shooting 10-of-17 and 6-6 from the charity stripe for 28 points along with 5 boards.  

Jimmy Binnie had 9 points and Chris Wright added 9 points and 7 rebounds.  Also helping out the Flyers on the boards was Kurt Huelsman grabbing 7 rebounds and contributing 5 points.   London Warren’s aggressiveness helped the Flyers with a career high 4 steals and 4 points. 

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Louisville was playing without injured starters David Pagett and Juan Palaciaos.  Dayton was up by as many as 12 points in the first half.  Dayton went into the half up 34-26. 

 In the 2nd half Louisville would go on a 13-0 run, as Dayton went on a drought not scoring a basket in 8 minutes as Louisville took the lead for the first time of the game at 41-39 with 11 minutes to go. 

Dayton kept its composure and fought back going on a 14-5 run with 7:28 to go.  Louisville would cut it to 3 points several times in the last few minutes of the game, but Dayton held them off and had great free throw shooting in the game shooting 16-20 from the foul line and 8 straight in the final minutes. 

Dayton up 68-65 with 3 seconds to go, and after fouling Brian Roberts, Brian Roberts sealed the game by making both fouls shots for Dayton. 

Derrick Caracter had 16 points and 7 rebounds and Earl Clark had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for Louisville, but the Cardinals shot 43 percent from the field and couldn’t get the stops when they needed to the most. 

Dayton improved its winning streak to 6 consecutive wins on the season and improved its road record for its third straight road win for the season – one more road win than last years season total. 

Louisville dropped to 5-2 on the season and its next game is against Purdue.  Dayton improved its record to 7-1 and begins a 6 game home stand starting with Coppin State on December 15th.