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New England Revolution home attendance is among the MLS’ pacesetters

Gillette Stadium Home of NE Revolution (2008 photo by J. Poreda via wikipedia commons)

Over the years, the New England Revolution have been one of Major League Soccer’s top drawing teams at home.

With only two home games left in the 2014 season, the Revs attendance is far ahead of 2013′s attendance figures.

Through 15 home games, the club has increased its attendance by 11.3 percent. The Revolution is averaging 15,178 fans at Gillette Stadium this season; that’s almost 2,000 fans per game ahead of the team’s average of 13,237 through 14 games last season.

During the 2014 season, New England claims the MLS’ fourth-highest attendance growth rate behind D.C. United (19.4%), San Jose (19.0%, which also includes a match at the 49ers’ Levi Stadium) and Toronto (16.9%) through the same amount of games a year ago.

On the season, the MLS is averaging a 1.8 percent growth in attendance through the same number of games.

#7 Ohio State Men’s Basketball dumps Long Beach State, 89-55


Deshaun Thomas scored 18 points, including a 3-point goal in an 11-point run in the first half, to power the #7 Buckeyes to an 89-55 win over a tired Long Beach State team Saturday in Columbus.

Leading by 14 at halftime, Ohio State wasted very little time putting the game completely out of reach, leading by 42 points at one point.

Long Beach State, from the Los Angeles area, lost at #4 Syracuse on Thursday 84-53 before playing another Top-10 team in the Buckeyes just over 40 hours later.

LaQuinton Ross is starting to become a scorer off the bench (courtesy Ohio State)

The 49ers, now 3-6, have now dropped three straight games.

Long Beach State was led in scoring by Dan Jennings with 16 and James Ennis with 12.

LaQuinton Ross had 16 points off the bench for the 6-1 Buckeyes.

No. 7 Ohio State (6-1) 89, Long Beach State (3-6) 55
Dec. 8, 2012
Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,832


*        The 49ers of Long Beach State and Ohio State have met just once
previously, a 93-86 win for the Buckeyes Nov. 26, 1987, at the Lobo
Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.


*        As a ranked team (AP), No. 7 Ohio State is 432-117 all-time.
Ohio State is 311-68 when ranked in the Top 10.

*        Against members of the Big West Conference, Ohio State is 8-1

*        Four players scored in double figures for Ohio State: Deshaun
Thomas (18), Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (14), LaQuintin Ross (16) and Sam
Thompson (13).

*        Five players tied or set career highs in points: Sam Thompson
(13), Amir Williams (seven), Amedeo Della Valle (five), Trey McDonald
(four), and Alex Rogers (two).

*        Ohio State went on a 6-0 run to end the first half of play. The
Buckeyes extended the run into the second half (29-7). The team also put
together a 17-2 second half run.

*        The Buckeye bench outscored the 49ers 37-14.

*        Ohio State had 21 fast break points compared to Long Beach
State’s four.

*        Ohio State outrebounded Long Beach State 49-33.

*        With 50 points earned in the second half of play, the Buckeyes
surpassed their previous second half high of 43 points recorded vs. Albany

*        Ohio State recorded their highest rebound and assist totals for
a game this season with 49 and 22, respectively.


*        Matta is 227-66 during his career at Ohio State and 329-97
overall as a head coach.

*        In his nine seasons as Ohio State head coach, Matta has compiled
a 73-2 record against non-conference opponents at home and a 114-21 record
overall against non-conference foes. His teams have never failed to win at
least 10 non-Big Ten games.

*        During the Matta era at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have a record
of 188-21 vs. unranked opponents. Over the last three years, the Buckeyes
are 58-1 vs. unranked foes.

*        Ohio State owns a 141-12 home record during the Matta era. The
Buckeyes are 59-3 in Columbus over the past four seasons.

*        Led the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points.

*        With 1,041 points, Thomas is currently 47th on the all-time
scoring list at Ohio State. He needs 15 points to surpass Ken Johnson and
Jamie Skelton.

*        Recorded one steal against the 49ers. He has 182 for his career,
good for No. 3 all-time in Ohio State history. David
(2007-11) is No. 2 with 191. Jay Burson (1986-89) is Ohio State’s career
leader with 204.

*        Dished a career-high four assists vs. the 49ers.

*        Recorded nine rebounds, a career high.


*        Tied a career high with five rebounds.


*        Recorded first career steal as a Buckeye.

*        Scored a career-high five points.


*        Had seven points vs. Long Beach State, a career high.


*        Dropped 13 points, which surpassed a previous career high of 11


*        Scored a career-high four points.

*        Recorded four rebounds, a career high.

*        Tallied first career steal vs. the 49ers.

*        Scored his first career field goal as a Buckeye, a layup with an
assist awarded to Sam Thompson.


No. 7 Ohio State 89 (6-1), Long Beach State 55 (3-6)

December 8, 2012

Value City Arena (Columbus, Ohio)

Attendance: 14, 832

Thad Matta, Ohio State head coach

On the play of the bench

“It started with Trey [McDonald], who came off the bench and did what he
needed to do: play great post defense and provide great energy. All of
those guys played very well and very cohesively.”

On the key to LaQuinton Ross becoming a consistent contributor

“He needs to focus on all of the little aspects of the game, and to his
credit he has done that recently and been very tuned-in in practice and in
games. He is playing his best basketball.”

On multiple scoring options

“The best teams I’ve coached are the ones that have multiple scoring
options. The ’07 team was a great example of that. Night-to-night, you
never knew who would lead you in scoring.”

Deshaun Thomas, junior forward

On four different players scoring double figures

“We passed the ball really well and different guys stepped up to hit shots.”

On excitement over his assist to Aaron Craft

“It is really just me becoming a better player and learning to become more
of an impact player without always shooting. I trust these guys to make
shots so I make the extra pass. It starts in practice and carries over to
the games.”

Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior guard

On defensive intensity

“Coach Matta wants good defense to be the identity of this team so we do a
lot of defensive drills in practice. Right now as a team we’re playing
together well on the defensive end of the floor.”

On rotation of players

“We are all going to be in foul trouble at some point during the season so
it is important to rotate guys in and let them get confidence early in the
season. When we have a lot of guys with confidence we are a scary team.”

Dan Monson, Long Beach State head coach

On his team’s performance

“It’s a work in progress and we’ve got a long way to go. Ohio State is a
very good basketball team. I was happy with how hard we fought, but you’re
not going to play well until you consistently have the same effort that we
had in the first half. The second half was a huge disappointment.”

On Ohio State’s defense

“Defensively they just got into us and frustrated us. [Aaron] Craft is as
good of an on-ball defender as anyone in the country. Mike [Caffey] is
going to be a good point guard for us, but you have to give all the credit
to Aaron.”

On his team’s challenging non-conference schedule

“You have to put kids in adverse situations to see how they react. It’s
hard but they need to figure it out. We try to embrace that. We’re trying
to get mentally tougher and this team has got to grow up a little bit.”


Broncos replace Tebowmania with Peyton Manning at QB


Peyton Manning (file photo)

Eventhough Tim Tebow brought nationwide noteriety to the Denver Broncos last season with his inspiring, miracle play at quarterback, reports out of the Mile High City kept saying that owner Pat Bowlen and front office executive John Elway were not sold on him as their future leader.

As soon as the Indianapolis Colts cut Peyton Manning, the Broncos name came up.

The Broncos now have Manning as their starting quarterback.

Contract details have not been announced, but there has been an agreement in principle that he’ll be playing for Denver in 2012.

The other teams in the Manning sweepstakes were the 49ers and Dolphins and Titans.

With the signing of Manning, there is no doubt that Tebow, the team’s first-round pick in 2010, will be traded.

Manning missed all of the 2011 season due to rehabbing from a series of neck surgeries.

Without him, the  Colts went from being one of the best NFL teams to the worst and it cost head coach Jim Caldwell his job.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Internet reports

Speas’ goal helps Tar Heels to men’s championship


Ben Speas (courtesy of North Carolina athletics)

Ben Speas kicked a 25-shot over Charlotte goalkeeper Klay Davis’ head halfway through the second half to give North Carolina a 1-0 win over the 49ers in the men’s NCAA soccer championship game in Hoover, Alabama.

North Carolina (22-2-2) won their first men’s soccer title in 10 years. They had lost in the semifinals each of the last two seasons and in the finals in 2008.

The 49ers, who were unseeded in the tournament at 17-5-3, outshot the Tar Heels in the second half, 14-3.


Info compiled from North Carolina athletics

Charlotte defeats Wright State, 70-66 despite Mays’ 25 points

The men’s basketball team couldn’t quite get over the hump as they dropped a 70-66 decision to Charlotte Saturday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.

Charlotte scored the first seven points of the contest and the 49ers looked to be in control as two Chris Braswell foul shots increased the margin to 21-9 with 7:04 remaining in the first half.

WSU, however, stormed back with 10 straight points, including threes from AJ Pacher and John Balwigaire and the Raiders closed to within one on a Julius Mays triple before heading into halftime down just 28-26.

Billy Donlan talks strategy with team (photo by Tim Zechar courtesy Wright State athletics)

Wright State shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half compared to 46 percent for Charlotte, but the Raiders hit six of 12 from three-point range while the 49ers were only two of nine.

WSU trailed by just two on three different occasions in the first three minutes of the second half, but Charlotte maintained the advantage each time and eventually went up 43-33 following a E. Victor Nickerson basket with 12:45 to play.

The margin was 58-49 at the 7:15 mark, but again the Raiders mounted a comeback, tallying seven unanswered points to again make it a two-point game.

Again, however, Charlotte was able to keep the lead and maintain it the rest of the way despite the Raiders cutting the deficit to two on two more occasions down the stretch.

The 49ers continued their hot shooting into the second half as they made 14 of 21 attempts to finish the night at 56 percent overall while Wright State was at 37 percent.  It ultimately came down to free throws as Charlotte was 17 of 24 while WSU was 13 of 20, including nine of 15 in the second half.

For the third straight game, Mays led the way for the Raiders with 25 points, 17 of those coming after halftime.  He finished the week with 61 points (21 vs. Florida, 15 at North Florida) in three contests after scoring just eight points over the first three games of the season.  Mays also paced WSU with five rebounds.

Cole Darling chipped in 12 for Wright State, but no other Raider had more than seven.

Braswell paced Charlotte (3-2) with 22 points while DeMario Mayfield had 14 and Jamar Briscoe 13.

Wright State with the loss drops to 2-4.


Game press release courtesy of Wright State athletics

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