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Drury beats Metro State, 74-73 to win NCAA Division II title

(courtesy of Drury University)

Drury University, a liberal arts school from Springfield, Missouri, has won the NCAA Division II national championship in Atlanta.

Alex Hall canned two free throws with 22.8 seconds left in the game and scored 21 points to lead Drury (31-4).

Drury rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Metro State (32-3), 74-73.

The Panthers won their final 23 games of the season – a school record – to finish 31-4 on the season. They also captured their second Great Lakes Valley Conference championship and first NCAA-II Midwest Regional along the way.

Drury has some very distinguished alumni: Bob Barker, former game show host and executive producer of The Price is Right; Dan Glass, current president of the Kansas City Royals; Larry O’Reilly, David O’Reilly & Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten, founders of O’Reilly Auto Parts; and Johnny Morris, founder, owner of Bass Pro Shops.

Ohio Dominican earns fourth win, 75-71 over Ashland

Morgan Jones

Ohio Dominican senior Morgan Jones scored 22 points and surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for his career to lead the host Panthers to a 75-71 win over Ashland University in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Panthers are 4-14 overall, 1-12 in the league.

Bobby Stauffer scored 10 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to support Jones.

The Ashland Eagles drop to 5-11, 3-10 and were led by Brook Turson with 21 points.

 

Info & photo compiled from Ohio Dominican University

Ohio Dominican earns 5th win; 45-7 over Notre Dame College

 

Brandon Schoen

Ohio Dominican University head football coach Bill Conley has done a terrific job of turning around the program.

The Panthers notched their fifth win of 2012 making Notre Dame College a 45-7 victim on Saturday.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest in South Euclid, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, was broken open in the third quarter by ODU scoring 31 points.

Leading the way for Ohio Dominican was QB Mark Miller who threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns and RB Brandon Schoen who scored twice while gaining 119 yards.

ODU is 5-3, 4-3 in the GLIAC and Notre Dame College drops to 1-7, 0-7.

Mark Miller

 

 

 

Info & photos courtesy of Ohio Dominican Athletics

 

Ohio Dominican baseball coach Page notches 900th win

 

Paul Page (courtesy of Ohio Dominican athletics)

Ohio Dominican University baseball coach Paul Page won posted the 900th win of his career as the Panthers beat Wayne State, 7-4 over the weekend.

Page has has ten 40-win seasons, 21 30-win seasons, has produced 20 academic All-Americans and has taken ODU to six NAIA World Series trips.

His 25-year record is 900-443-6 at Ohio Dominican.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Ohio Dominican news

Thomas fired by Florida International University after three seasons

 

Isiah Thomas coaching Knicks (2007 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Florida International University is located in Miami, Florida.

The school is a Mid-major playing in the Sun Belt Conference of NCAA Division I. The enrollment is 47,966 students.

Three years ago the athletics department came up with the idea of bringing in a name basketball coach who could lure “big-time talent to the tropical paradise of South Florida. They felt they could win.

Entering the picture was former NBA star and coach Isiah Thomas to take a risk with an unknown program.

Thomas signed a five-year deal with the school to take the job, accepting nothing in base salary for his first season but agreeing to receive almost half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships.

Three years into the agreement, FIU did not see the fruits of his labor enough to reward the final two years of his contract.

The basketball program never was able to generate the enthusiasm that the school administration and Thomas had hoped. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season.

One of the problems is that FIU tried to schedule games at home when the NBA’s Miami Heat were on the road and sometimes that didn’t work out because game dates and times have to be mutually agreed upon by both schools and the league it plays in.

Other factors that hurt FIU, is that the University of Miami draws huge crowds and has a winning team plus, Miami being a paradise city as mentioned before, there is the beach, surfing and volleyball for people to engage in.

(courtesy of Florida International University athletics)

The Panthers schedule was tough as well playing George Mason, Oral Roberts, Maryland, Dayton, Middle Tennessee State, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Thomas, the Basketball Hall of Fame player, was fired last Friday with a record of 26-55. His teams never won more than 11 games in a season.

FIU has never been a basketball power. The school’s last winning season was 1999-2000, and its winning percentage of .315 since that period of time is one of the worst in college basketball, 329th out of 344 Division I men’s programs, according to STATS LLC.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV, Florida International, Internet reports

 

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