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Miami University adds Felder as transfer from St. Francis (PA)


Will Felder has decided to transfer to Miami University, head men’s basketball coach Charlie Coles announced earlier this week.

Felder just completed his sophomore season at St. Francis University (Pa.) in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Felder, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from Cleveland, Ohio, who attended Lutheran East High School, was the only player to start all 30 games for the Red Flash in 2010-11 and averaged 11.1 ppg and a team-leading 6.7 rpg while leading the team in blocked shots with 38. He poured in a career-high 30 points against Wagner on February 24, while grabbing 13 rebounds. He notched five double-doubles as a sophomore, which included a stretch of three-straight double-doubles in early December at Long Island with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, at Lehigh he recorded 10 points and 10 boards and at Ohio University, Felder scored 19 points with 10 rebounds.

Will Felder (photo courtesy of St. Francis (PA) athletics)

As a freshman, Felder played in 30 games, making 25 starts, and was named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team. He averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg while compiling 26 blocked shots in his first season at St. Francis. The Ohio native posted his first career double-double in 2009-10 with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Wagner.

At Lutheran East High School, Felder helped lead the Falcons to a 23-3 record as well as district and regional championships as a senior. He averaged 25 ppg and hauled down 13 rpg during his senior year and led the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s circulation area with 27 ppg and 12 rpg as a junior in 2007-08. Felder was a two-time Division 4 First Team honoree and a two-time Division 4 Player of the Year.


Info courtesy of Miami University athletics

OSU’s Alexander earns ECAC Offensive Player of the Week

Dominique Alexander (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Dominique Alexander, a sophomore midfielder, on the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Alexander had seven goals and three assists, in games last week; the Buckeyes 11-7 win over Lehigh and and 11-9 loss at nationally-ranked Albany.

This is the second league weekly honor for Alexander, a native of Baldwin, New York.

Alexander has played in 21 games for the Buckeyes, starting 20, has 15 goals, 12 assists for 27 points.

info courtesy of Ohio State athletics

Iowa hires Fran McCaffery to replace Lickliter as men’s basketball coach

compiled from staff, wire reports and Iowa Hawkeyes athletics

The Iowa Hawkeyes have their man to head the men’s basketball program.  Athletic Director Gary Barta has convinced 50-year-old Fran McCaffery to leave the comforts of Mid-major Siena College to coach in the Big Ten Conference.

McCaffery went 112-51 in five seasons at Siena, leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Siena lost to Purdue in the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament and finished with a 27-7 mark.

McCaffery replaces Todd Lickliter, who was fired after Iowa went 10-22 this season. Once upon a time Iowa was one of the top programs in the Big Ten, the Hawkeyes went 38-58 under Lickliter while dropping to the bottom of the league.

Eventhough Iowa was starting to be on target for improvement in 2010-2011, Gary Barta let Coach Lickliter go right after the Big Ten tournament on March 15.  Barta cited several reasons: Bad recruiting, a losing record, sagging attendance at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dwindling revenue from ticket sales and contributions when he let Lickliter go. Also, the general concensus around Iowa City was Todd Lickliter was a good man and a good coach but he was “out of his league” coaching at Iowa and in the Big Ten.

Fran McCaffery Iowa Coach (Siena photo)

The Hawkeyes last made the NCAA tournament in 2006, losing to Northwestern State on a 3-point goal at the buzzer.  Then coach Steve Alford left for New Mexico following the 2007 season.  Alford in the meantime has built the Lobos into a dominant force in the Mountain West Conference, Iowa hasn’t had a winning season since he left. The feeling is that it is tough for any coach to recruit at Iowa. Plus other basketball programs in the state are more attractive to play at: Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa State in Ames and Northern Iowa, located in Cedar Falls, is now the kingpin in the state over Iowa.

With that in mind, Coach McCaffery’s first duties will be is to keep the current Hawkeyes key players around to rebuild the program. They include: Matt Gatens, Aaron Fuller, Eric May and Cully Payne.

Fran spent six years at North Carolina Greensboro, compiling a record of 90-87, before taking over at Siena College before the 2005-2006 season.  McCaffery also coached Lehigh  for 3 years, guiding it to the NCAA tournament in 1988, before leaving to become an assistant at Notre Dame.

McCaffery is a Philadelphia native and has taken three different teams to the NCAA tournament.  He played college basketball at Wake Forest and Pennsylvania.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: Midwest Regional First Round, Ohio upsets Georgetown

Armon Bassett Ohio (ou)

compiled from staff and wire reports

Everybody always says that the Mid-American Conference has no respect nationwide because they can’t win the big games in the NCAA Tournament. Well, at least on Thursday, the MAC showed if they have their game shoes on, they can beat anybody and in this case, the Georgetown Hoyas of the Big East Conference.

The 14th seeded Ohio University Bobcats pulled off one of the tournament’ all-time upsets, dominating number 3 Georgetown in Providence, Rhode Island, 97-83. The win over Georgetown was Ohio’s first in the NCAA Tournament since they upset Illinois in 1983 in the first r

The 22-14 Bobcats started this unbelievable run of five straight games, since the beginning of the Mid-American Conference Tournament as the number 9 seed that they’ve had their game shoes on.

They beat one of the Kings of the Big East in Georgetown, who was picked by all the media experts to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio wasn’t going to let those experts tell them they couldn’t beat the Hoyas.

Ohio started shooting from 3-point range, let by Armon Bassett’s 32 points and freshman D.J. Cooper with 23 leading the way. Bassett,  a junior transfer from Indiana, has scored a whopping 148 points in the last five games.

The Bobcats were 13 of 23 from 3-point land with Cooper making 5 of 8 and Bassett going 5 of 10. From the middle of the first half, the Bobcats turned a one-point deficit into a 25-18 lead and they never let the Hoyas closer than seven. The lead grew in the second half to 63-44, the largest of the game. Georgetown ends the season at 23-11.

Ohio now turns it’s attention to Saturday when it’ll play 6th seeded Tennessee, who advanced by beating 11th seeded San Diego State, 62-59.


Northern Iowa beat UNLV in Oklahoma City on a clutch shot by  Ali Farokhmanesh and will be moving to the NCAA second round for the first time in 20 years. Northern Iowa moves to 29-4.

Ali Farokhmanesh Northern Iowa (UNI)

Farokhmanesh hit a long-distance 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left to lift  ninth-seeded Northern Iowa to a 69-68 win over the 8th seeded Rebels who end the season at 25-9.


Lehigh (22-11), making their fourth NCAA appearance, had a memorable day staying with Kansas and trailing only by 6 at halftime in Oklahoma City.

Marcus Morris Kansas (KU)

But Kansas showed why they are the overall #1 seed by using balanced scoring and depth to pull out the win.

Marcus Morris led the way with 26 points and Sherron Collins chipped in 18.

Melvin Goins made his fourth three-point goal with 19 seconds left, helping 6th seeded Tennessee (26-8) to victory over the Aztecs in Providence, Rhode Island.

J. P. Prince Tennessee (UT)

Goins and J.P. Prince finished with 15 points apiece for the Volunteers. San Diego State ends the season at 25-9.

Melvin Goins Tennessee (UT)