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Miami RedHawks Men’s Basketball lands two area products in McCormick and Mills

OXFORD, Ohio — Miami University men’s basketball announced the signing of Zach McCormick (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) and Roderick Mills (Liberty Township, Ohio/St. Xavier) to National Letters-of-Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

McCormick is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound combination guard who preps at Turpin High School. He was a Division I Honorable Mention All-State selection and earned all-area and all-district honors as a junior. Last season, he averaged 26 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.4 apg for the Spartans. McCormick is rated the top senior guard in the state of Ohio by several scouting services and also was offered by Ohio, Tennessee and numerous other programs.

Mills is a 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing who preps at St. Xavier High School. He earned All-GCL South honors as a junior while averaging 10.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He also was recruited by Toledo, Kent State, Princeton, Belmont, Brown and Bucknell.

“We are extremely excited about the signing of Zach McCormick and Roderick Mills, who are two young men from local high schools,” said Miami University head coach John Cooper. “I think we are getting two quality young men and two individuals who will play well within our style of play. They have the ability to score and we are starting to bring more size to each of our positions. They are both very good students and we look forward to them joining our program.”



Talented trio of Clark, DeBerry and Moore to join UC Basketball Bearcats for 2014-15 season

CINCINNATI – Head coach Mick Cronin has announced the signing of three talented prospects – Quadri Moore (pronounced QUAD-dree), Gary Clark and Coreontae DeBerry (pronounced COREY-on-tay) – who have signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Cincinnati and play basketball for the Bearcats beginning with the 2014-15 season.


“Our biggest needs in this recruiting class were front court players,” Cronin said. “We’re pleased that we got three quality kids who all come from winning programs and understand what it takes to win.”


Moore, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward from Linden, N.J., averaged 14.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while making 19 three-pointers as a junior at Linden High School. Tabbed a four-star prospect by multiple recruiting websites, Moore is listed No. 28 among the top forwards in the nation by ESPN and ranked No. 103 overall nationally by


“We’re really excited about Quadri becoming a Bearcat,” Cronin said. “He comes from a winning program at Linden High School and plays for a winning coach in Phil Colicchio. Quadri brings a unique offensive skill set for a guy with his size and strength. He can step away from the basket and shoot the three-point shot.  Then go back inside and score around the rim. His body is college ready with a frame that some football coaches would covet. Our staff identified him early on as a prospect that can become a really good college player with development.”


Clark, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Clayton, N.C., averaged 24.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks while leading Clayton High School to the 4A Eastern Regional semifinals as a junior. He averaged nearly 32 points in the playoffs while earning Associate Press All-State accolades and Greater Neuse River 4A Conference Player of the Year honors. Clark is listed as a four-star prospect and one of the Top 80 players in the nation by ESPN while and list him among the Top 150.


“With the loss of Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles after this season, we’re very excited about being able to sign Gary Clark who is a combination of those two guys,” Cronin said. “He has the ability to face up and hit the jump shot, take his man off the dribble as well as score in the low post. He is also a tremendous shot blocker for his size, similar to Justin Jackson. He is a prototypical Cincinnati forward in that he is versatile, has great toughness and competes on every play.


“Gary plays for an outstanding coach in Denny Medlin who is a proven winner with a track record for developing players,” Cronin said. “That’s only going to help Gary transition quickly to the college game.”


DeBerry, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound center from Holland, Mich., averaged 9.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 12.7 minutes during the 2012-13 season at Mott College in Flint, Mich. He is playing the 2013-14 campaign at junior-college power Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan. He averaged 16.1 points as a senior at Holland High School during 2011-12. DeBerry will have two seasons of eligibility at Cincinnati.


“Coreontae gives us a quality low post scorer who has two years of experience at the college level,” Cronin said. “He has tremendous size at 6-10, 270 pounds and runs the floor exceptionally well for a player his size. His experience and ability to score in the low post will help ease the loss of Justin Jackson and David Nyarsuk. He is undoubtedly one of the best junior college centers in the country.


“He currently plays for one of the top-ranked junior college coaches and programs in the nation in Steve Eck at Hutchinson Community College and will be a key element in their national title chase.”



Miami RedHawks play well but fall to #21/22 Notre Dame, 74-61


NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Sophomore guard Reggie Johnson scored a career-high 22 points, but it was not enough as the Miami University men’s basketball team lost at No. 21/22 Notre Dame on Friday evening, 74-62, in the season opener for both teams.

Johnson, who had 15 first-half points for Miami, led a trio of RedHawks to score in double figures. Senior forward Will Felder chipped in 13 points and a game-most seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight tied a career high with 12 points, scoring 10 in the second half.

Reggie Johnson scored a career-high 22 points for Miami

Notre Dame led by as many as 16 in the opening half, holding 26-10 and 29-13 advantages. Miami went on a 14-3 run to close within five with 3:39 to go in the first half, 32-27. Johnson poured in 12 of the RedHawks’ 14 points during their scoring flurry.

The Fighting Irish came back with a 7-2 run to push its lead back to double figures, 39-29, but Johnson sunk a big triple with 36 seconds to go in the opening half to send Miami into the locker room trailing by seven points, 39-32.

Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace further shrunk the gap, opening the second half with a jumper to put Miami within five, 39-34. Miami trailed by six points, 41-35, off a Felder free throw, but the Fighting Irish went on an 7-0 spurt to push its lead back to double figures, 48-35, with 15:15 to go in the second half.

Notre Dame extended its lead to 16 points off a triple at 9:46, but two layups and a pair of free throws by McKnight put Miami within 10 points, 57-47. Miami continued to chisel away at the Notre Dame lead, and two free throws apiece from Eustace and senior center Blake McLimans put the Miami deficit in single digits with 6:20 to play, 59-51. That was as close as the RedHawks would get.

It was the third 20-point scoring effort of Johnson’s career.

Senior guard Quinten Rollins added two points, five rebounds, seven assists with just one turnover.

Miami continues a three-game road stretch when the RedHawks travel to Arizona State for a 9 p.m. (ET) game on Tuesday, Nov. 12.



Akron Men’s Basketball opens with win over Coastal Carolina

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AKRON, Ohio – Three of Akron’s starters scored in double figures and Jake Kretzer chipped in 14 points off the bench to lead Akron to a 72-63 victory over Coastal Carolina in its regular season opener Friday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Quincy Diggs matched Kretzer’s 14 points for UA (1-0), while Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell added 13 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Nick Harney ended the game with 11 points.

Coastal Carolina (0-1) was paced by Elijah Wilson who led all scorers with 15 points.

Jake Kretzer

The Zips shot 42.4 percent from the field on the night, connecting on 25-of-59 attempts. Akron turned its defense into offense, forcing the Chanticleers into 20 turnovers that the Zips converted into 21 points on the other end of the floor. UA’s defense also tallied 13 steals and five blocked shots.

Akron wasted no time sprinting ahead of CCU after the opening tip, building a 26-9 advantage by the 8:38 mark after a 3-point basket from Diggs.

The Zips easily maintained a double-digit lead throughout the first half, using a balanced scoring attack to take a 41-30 lead into the locker room. Akron’s defense held the Chanticleers to an 11-of-30 effort from the field for a 36.7 shooting percentage in the first half.

UA emerged after the break and increased its lead to 58-35 after a Treadwell free throw. The Zips forced 11 turnovers within the first seven minutes of the second half and went on a 17-3 run to keep the Chanticleers quiet for the better part of the period.

It wasn’t until CCU’s Wilson netted a 3-pointer with 8:54 left to play that the Chanticleers would answer with a 14-4 run of their own. Coastal Carolina closed the gap to eight points with Akron leading 66-58 and 2:15 on the clock.

Akron held onto its lead in the waning minutes, thanks to a 6-for-8 performance from the charity stripe as a team over the last 1:30 which was enough to seal the victory.

The Zips will travel to Moraga, Calif., to take on St. Mary’s on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for a 3 a.m. ET contest as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon to be featured live on ESPN2.

Zips Notebook: The Zips received their 2013 Mid-American Conference championship rings before tonight’s game … Akron improved to 92-21 overall in home openers (.814) … UA has now won 23 of its last 26 games and 37 of its last 39 at Rhodes Arena … the Zips are now 154-20 when holding opponents under 65 points under 10th year head coach Keith Dambrot.



Dayton Men’s Basketball opens today against IPFW Mastodons



The University of Dayton Flyers will commence their 106th season of basketball by hosting the IPFW Mastodons on Saturday from Tom Blackburn Court at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio, carried by WHIO radio and is available with live stats and streaming audio at
• The IPFW Mastodons were picked to finish sixth in the Summit League for the 2013-14 season. Senior Luis Jacobo was named to the Preseason All-League Second Team after averaging 11.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last year.

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• This is the first meeting between the two programs.
• The Flyers were picked to finish in seventh in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll. There were also 21 A-10 student-athletes selected for preseason awards.  The conference announced the poll and awards on Oct. 8 in conjunction with its annual Media Day, held at Barclays Center.
• The Flyers have won eight consecutive opening games and 11 of their last 12.
• All-time at UD Arena, Dayton is 40-4 in home openers.
• Coach Archie Miller is 2-0 on opening day.
• Last time Dayton broke the 100-point scoring mark in a season opener was on Nov. 23, 1991 when UD defeated Austin Peay 101-94.
• The Flyers had a 23-game home-opener winning streak from 1969 to 1991.
• Devin Oliver is one of the best “out-of-area” rebounders in the country. Oliver was fifth in the Atlantic 10 and led the Flyers in rebounding (7.8) in 2012-13. Oliver had 10 points and
eight boards versus Ryerson. Scored 11 of his 17 points at the free throw line against Findlay.
• Vee Sanford closed last year, scoring in double figures in 13 of his last 16 contests. He is Dayton’s top returning scorer after averaging 12.3 points per game a year ago. Sanford
scored 11 points against Ryerson. He was 8-for-10 from the floor and finished with 22 points versus Findlay.
• Dyshawn Pierre shot .462 from the 3-point range, which set a UD freshman accuracy record. Pierre netted a double-double against Ryerson with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He scored 11 versus Findlay.
• Jalen Robinson was a force off the bench in his first season at UD. He ended 2012-13 averaging 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Robinson recorded 11 points against Ryerson.
• Alex Gavrilovic is back healthy after battling illness (mono) and injuries (knee, heel) last season. He recorded seven points and four rebounds against Ryerson.
• Khari Price’s worth to the Flyers in 2012-13 was demonstrated by his absence. A deep thigh bruise kept him out of six straight games in the middle of conference season, and the
Flyers managed just two wins without him. Price finished with five points and four assists against Ryerson. He added five rebounds and five assists against Findlay.
• Redshirt senior Matt Kavanaugh also returns after missing the 2012-13 season. Kavanaugh averaged 9.0 points and 5.2 rebounds during the 2011-12 campaign for UD. Against Ryerson, Kavanaugh had five of his seven rebounds on the offensive end.
UD remains home to take on St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday, Nov. 13.  Game time is 7:00 p.m. ET.
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