Cincinnati State Men's Basketball
Illinois All-State guard Shaquon Alexander signs with Cincinnati State
Shaquon Alexander, a 6'3 guard from Chicago, IL, has signed with Cincinnati State and will play for Head Coach Andre Tate and the Surge next fall.
In his senior season at Hales Franciscan High School, Alexander averaged 20.1 points, 6.6 assists, 1.9 steals, 2.2 blocks and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was a AP Class 2A All-State selection, named to the Chicago Catholic Conference 1st-Team, and was the Chicago Sun Times Athlete of the Week in February.
Alexander's crowning moment of his senior season came in the 2A Regional final against Englewood. In the final seconds of regulation, Alexander converted a double-clutch three pointer to force overtime. He would eventually lead the Spartans to an overtime victory and the regional title, leading all scorers with 27 points.
"Everytime I have seen Shaquon play, he has stood out as the best player on the floor," Coach Tate says. "He is a statistics machine with a high degree of toughness to his game. I think he can be something special for us next season."
Alexander joins a 2013-2014 roster which also includes incoming freshmen Jarod Jones (Pontiac HS/ Pontiac, MI) and All-State forward Terron Ramsey (Melvindale Academy/ Detroit, MI).
Metro-Detroit area standouts Jarod Jones and Terron Ramsey sign with Cincinnati State
Melvindale Academy’s Terron Ramsey and Pontiac High School’s Jarod Jones have signed with Cincinnati State and will play for Head Coach Andre Tate next fall.
A 6'6, 204 lb forward from Detroit, Michigan, Ramsey (pictured-center) averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds a game while leading Melvindale Academy to a 17-4 overall record and the Class C Regional Semifinals. Ramsey started all four years while playing for three different coaches.
While adjusting to different coaching styles, Ramsey thrived during his senior season earning Class C All-State honors. The Detroit Free Press named Ramsey as one of Michigan's Top 100 Student-Athletes.
“Terron is a tough kid. We are looking for him to bring that same toughness and intensity in every game,” says Coach Tate.
Jones, a 6'2 combo guard from Pontiac, Michigan, averaged 14.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals for the Phoenix of Pontiac High School.
"Jarod is extremely versatile and works hard at his game. He has the ability to do a lot for us on both ends of the floor," Head Coach Andre Tate says.
He was selected to the All-North Oakland Area Third Team, named in the Top 20 Players of Oakland County and earned All-OAA Red Division honors.
Jones and Ramsey will join returning sophomores Winston Grays, Mycle Shadie, Chrisean Marsden and Kevin Marshall for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
Cincinnati State to face Owens in district semi-finals after 106-54 1st round win over Edison
Five Cincinnati State players scored in double-figures to lead the Surge to a 106-54 win over Edison Community College in the 1st round of the NJCAA District XI Tournament on Tuesday night.
Freshmen O'Brien Hobbs and Devonte Smith each recorded 18 points to lead all scorers. Starting backcourt teammates Tom Jackson and Winston Grays each had 16. Tyler Fischl finished with 14 points off the bench. Hobbs and Jackson tied for a game high in assists with 7 each as the Surge won their 5th straight game, improving to 21-8 on the season.
As a team, Cincinnati State shot 52.% (11/21) from the 3 point line. The Surge forced Edison into 23 turnovers leading to a 36-2 advantage in points off of turnovers. Cincinnati State also out-rebounded Edison 40-26, resulting in a 28-6 advantage in second chance points.
Edison was led by Kelly Kirtz's 15 points. The Chargers finished the season with a 9-16 overall record.
"We played perfect team basketball tonight. Everyone excelled at both ends of the floor," said head coach Andre Tate. "We are playing some of our best basketball at the right time of the season."
Cincinnati State, which hosts this year's men's and women's district tournament, will play Owens Community College in the district semi-finals on Friday at 6 pm. Cincinnati State beat Owens in the previous meeting 90-82 on Feb. 16 and has beaten the Express in two of three meetings this season.
Surge end regular season on 4-game winning streak; will host Edison in first round of district tournament
Cincinnati State clinched the 3rd seed in next week’s district tournament with a 70-47 road win over Cuyahoga Community College on Saturday,
Freshman Winston Grays led all scorers with 25 points, converting 5 of 8 three point attempts and making all 8 free throws. Sophomore Tom Jackson finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. The Cincinnati State win avenged an 85-73 loss to Cuyahoga earlier this season. The Surge ended the regular season on a 4-game winning streak and claiming 6 of their last 7 games.
Cuyahoga, which will compete as the 4th seed in the tournament, fell to 6-6 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play and will host 5th seeded Columbus State on Tuesday.
Cincinnati State finishes the regular season 20-8 overall with a 7-5 record in conference play. The Surge will host 6th seeded Edison Community College in the 1st round of the district tournament on Tuesday at 7 pm.
The Cincinnati State campus will host the men's and women's district semifinals on Friday, March 8 and finals on Saturday, March 9.
Tom Jackson named OCCAC " Player of the Week"
Jackson, a sophomore point guard for the Cincinnati State men's basketball team, had two outstanding games to help his team to a 2-0 record in OCCAC play lat week.
In a 90-64 win over Columbus State Community College on Wednesday, the sophomore poured in 16 points while adding 11 assists, five rebounds and three steals. Then, in an upset of Owens Community College on Saturday, he had 18 points, eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and one crucial block denying a Joe Retic 3 point attempt to take the lead.
In those two games, Jackson shot 9-for-17 overall from the field and 14-for-16 from the foul line. He combined for 34 points, 19 assists, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 1 block.
The award is Jackson's first this year and second of his career. He also won it Feb. 12 of last season.
The Surge are now 21-8 overall and 7-5 in the OCCAC heading into Friday’s district semifinal match up against Owens. Cincinnati State has won two of three contests against Owens this season.
Surge climb back to .500 in conference with wins over Columbus State and Owens
The Cincinnati State Surge improved to 5-5 in the OCCAC with wins over Columbus State and Owens this past week.
Taking the two game regular season series with a 90-64 win over Columbus State Community College on Wednesday night, Cincinnati State freshman Devonte Smith led six Cincinnati State double-digit scorers with 18 points, converting 9 of 10 field goals. Point guard Tom Jackson finished with 16 points, a game-high 11 assists, and 3 steals. Tyler Fischl went 3 of 6 from beyond the arc to finish with 13 points. Chrisean Marsden posted his third double-double in as many games with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Kevin Marshall and Winston Grays each scored 10 as Cincinnati State improved 4-5 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.
"No matter where each team stands in the conference, our games with Columbus State are always intense and hard fought contests," Head Coach Andre Tate said. "Whenever we get two wins against them, it is a tremendous boost of confidence for our team."
Columbus State, which is near the bottom of the conference with a 3-7 conference record, was led by Kendrick Williams' game-high 24 points.
In a Saturday's contest against Owens which had 8 lead changes and 11 ties, Cincinnati State edged the Express 90-82 thanks to freshman Winston Gray's game-high 22 points, and sophomore Tom Jackson's 18 points, 8 assists and 1 crucial blocked shot.
Tied 68-68 with 5 minutes remaing, the Surge went on a 10-2 run sparked by Kevin Marshall, who forced Owens into two turnovers and tracking down a loose ball which led to a Grays field goal, putting the Surge up 78-70.
Responding to Cincinnati State's run, Owens' Andy Bachman and Joe Retic II each made 3 pointers from well beyond the arc as the Express cut the deficit down 80-78 with just over 2:00 minutes remaining. After a defensive stop, Owens had a chance to tie or take the lead.
As Retic attempted to make his fourth 3-pointer, Cincinnati State's Tom Jackson rose up to block the shot, leading to a Winston Grays transition basket to put the Surge up 83-78 with 1:37. After a defensive stop, Jackson and Grays converted on 5 free throws to help seal the victory.
11 of Grays' 22 points came in the final 5 minutes. Jackson's game-high 8 assists marked the fourth straight game he led all players in the category. Following Jackson and Grays, was O'Brien Hobbs, who finished with 15 points. Devonte Smith finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds as the Surge climbed back to .500 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference with a 5-5 record.
Owens, which fell to 8-2 in conference play, was led by Retic's 19 points and 5 assists. James Kelly and Andy Bachman each finished with 18 points.
Improving to 18-8 overall, Cincinnati State will return to action Wednesday in their final home game of the regular season against Sinclair Community College at 7:30 pm.
Tom Jackson leads Surge to 79-57 road win over Edison
Returning to the lineup after missing five of Cincinnati State’s last six games due to injury, sophomore Tom Jackson led the Surge with 22 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds in a 79-57 road win over Edison on Wednesday night.
Jackson, whose 22 points and 7 assists was a game-high, converted 7 of 12 field goals and 6 of 9 from the free throw line. Freshman Winston Grays, who returned to the lineup after being sidelined one game with a twisted ankle, scored 17 points. Devonte Smith finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Jamal Ivery chipped in with 12 points as the Surge improved to 3-4 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.
Eric Beckstedt led Edison with 12 points as the Chargers fell to 3-4 in the conference and 9-10 overall.
As a team, the Surge out-rebounded Edison 46-36 and were +9 in points off turnovers.
Improving to 16-7 overall, Cincinnati State will return to action against conference rival Lakeland Community College, a team ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA national poll, on Saturday at 3 pm.
Surge overcome hot shooting Sinclair team
Cincinnati State overcame a hot shooting Sinclair Community College team with a 84-80 conference road win on Wednesday night.
Sinclair, which converted 14 of 36 three point attempts, made a late run after being down by 20 in the second half. With 35.5 seconds, Sinclair's Drew Moore hit his 7th three pointer of the game to cut the deficit to 4. That would be as close as Sinclair would get as Cincinnati State connected on 6 of 8 free throws to help seal the victory.
Cincinnati State's O'Brien Hobbs led the team with 24 points. Devonte Smith finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Lionel Hill, a Western Hills graduate, scored a personal best 18 points. Sophomore Nick Robertson finished with 10 points as the Surge improved to 2-4 in conference play.
Gavin Schumann led Sinclair with 26 points followed by Drew Moore's 24.
Cincinnati State, which improves to 15-7 overall, will return to action next Wednesday on the road against Edison Community College. The Surge lost to Edison in the final seconds 73-72 earlier this season.
Freshmen Ivery and Grays lead Cincinnati State over Columbus State on the road
Freshmen Winston Grays and Jamal Ivery led Cincinnati State past rival Columbus State Community College 63-59 on the road to claim the team's first conference victory of the season on Wednesday night.
Grays converted 7 of 17 field goal attempts, including 4 for 10 from beyond the arc, to finish with a game-high 20 points. Ivery, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games due to a foot injury, finished with 13 points, 5 assists and corralled 3 offensive rebounds in the final two minutes to help seal the win.
"Our freshmen showed up in a big game and played well," Head Coach Andre Tate said. "Winston was a mismatch offensively all night and Jamal kept making big plays at the right times."
Sophomore captain Nick Robertson, who made a free throw with 8 seconds left to extend the Surge lead to four points, took two charges while recording 8 points and 7 rebounds.
"We played together tonight," Robertson said. "Down the stretch, we all made big plays to earn the win."
Improving to 14-6 overall with a 1-3 conference record, Cincinnati State will return home on Saturday to face Cuyahoga Community College at 1 pm.
Watch the Surge take on Cuyahoga online via- www.usbnsports.com
Ivery and Hill lead No. 13 Cincinnati State to 99-62 win over Ivy Tech
Cincinnati State freshmen Jamal Ivery and Lionel Hill led the Surge to a 99-62 victory over Ivy Tech on Tuesday night.
Ivery, a North College Hill graduate, finished with a game high 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals. Hill, who was a standout player at Western Hills, came off the the bench to score 13 points and led all players with 5 assists. Winston Grays, who did not finish the game due to injury, scored 16 points. Returning to the lineup for the first time in five games, Chrisean Marsden finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
"Our guys showed a lot of intensity on defense. Our freshmen led the way tonight by creating easy baskets off of Ivy's turnovers," Head Coach Andre Tate said.
The Surge defense, which ranks No. 1 in the nation in steals per game (18.0), recorded 30 steals on Tuesday, resulting in a 40-5 advantage in points off of turnovers.
Cincinnati State, which is ranked No. 13 in the latest NJCAA national polls with a 13-3 record, will begin conference play on the road against Lakeland Community College on Saturday.
Surge go 1-1 at ICC Holiday Invitational
The Cincinnati State men's basketball team went 1-1 at the Illinois Central College Holiday Invitational this past weekend.
In a 107-93 loss to Oakland, Six Oakland players scored in double figures led by guard Aaron Hayes, who scored a game high 32 points. For Cincinnati State, Devonte Smith finished with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Tom Jackson scored 21 followed by 15 points from Winston Grays.
As a team, Oakland shot 83% (25/30) from the line compared to Cincinnati State's 66% (24/36). The loss snapped the Surge's eight game winning streak.
The Surge bounced back in a 116-69 victory over Madison College on Saturday with their best shooting performance of the season, converting 65% (22/34) of their three point attempts.
Five players scored in double figures for Cincinnati State led by sophomore Tom Jackson, who finished with a game-high 26 points and 10 assists. Freshman Winston Grays finished with 20 points, converting 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc. Mycle Shadie recorded 18 points and 5 steals. Lionel Hill, a Western Hills graduate, scored 14 points. Forward Tyler Fischl made 5 of 6 field goals, finishing with 13 points.
Cincinnati State forced Madison into 30 turnovers, resulting in a 31-4 advantage in points scored off of turnovers.
Now at 12-3 overall, the Surge will return home on Jan. 8 to play Ivy Tech at 7:30 pm.
Men win three games in four days; improve to 9-2
Head Coach Andre Tate has his team surging in the month of December as the team has won 3 games in the last four days, extending its winning streak to 6 straight games.
Playing in the Lynn Conway tournament hosted by Delta College (MI) over the weekend, the Surge easily defeated Kellogg Community College and Delta College.
In a 108-67 victory over Kellogg, Cincinnati State freshman Devonte Smith led all scorers with 18 points, converting 7 of 13 field goal attempts. O'Brien Hobbs finished with 17 points and 5 assists. Sophomore point guard Tom Jackson recorded 16 points, 6 assists and 2 steals as the Surge.
Defeating Delta 93-50, Smith, Grays and Hobbs once again led the team to victory. Smith converted 10 of 13 shot attempts, finishing with a game high 23 points and 9 rebounds. Winston Grays finished with 22 points and 5 steals. O’Brien Hobbs recorded 12 points, 5 assists and 3 steals.
In Monday's 112-55 win against Cedarville, Grays finished with game highs in points with 30 and in steals with 9. Jackson scored 19 points to go along with 5 assists and 7 steals. Smith scored 14, converting 7 of 11 field goals. Mycle Shadie scored 12 as the Surge extended its winning streak to six games.
As a team, the Surge defense forced Cedarville into 38 turnovers, resulting in a 51-12 edge in points of turnovers. Cincinnati State also claimed a 54-21 rebound advantage.
Improving to 9-2 on the season. the Surge will return to action next Monday to face Lourdes Community College at home beginning at 5 pm.
Surge improve to 6-2 with wins over Wayne County and ABCD Academy
The Cincinnati State Surge have improved to 6-2 after the first month of the college basketball season with wins over Wayne County (MI) and ABCD Academy (IA).
In the 95-73 win over Wayne, 6'11 sophomore Dwayne Bazemore led all scorers with 16 points, converting 6 of 7 field goals. Lionell Hill, a graduate from Western Hills High School, came off the bench to score 14 points. Starting point guard Thomas Jackson recorded 15 assists. Winston Grays, who is shooting 80% beyond the arc in the last three games, finished the game 3 of 5 from the 3-point line and a total of 13 points. Chrisean Marsden also chipped in with 13 points and led all players in rebounding with 9.
As a team, the Surge forced Wayne County to turn the ball over 27 times, which led to a 28-8 advantage in points off of turnovers.
In Monday's 96-60 win over ABCD Academy, Cincinnati State freshman Winston Grays scored 23 points. Grays converted 10 of 14 field goals to lead all scorers on the night. Sophomore Tom Jackson scored 19 points to go along with 3 steals. Devonte Smith finished with 12 points, followed by Dwayne Bazemore, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Lionel Hill, who had 10.
As a team, Cincinnati State committed just 6 turnovers to ABCD's 26 and earned a 24-4 advantage from points scored off of turnovers.
Winning its third straight game and improving to 6-2, the Surge will have seventeen days before returning to action on the road at the Delta Community College Invitational in University Center, MI.
Surge win on the road against Cedarville
The Cincinnati State men's basketball team won 88-66 on the road against Cedarville University on Monday night.
All ten players who suited up scored for the Surge. Devonte Smith scored a game-high 17 points. Winston Grays, who went 4-5 from three point range, followed Smith with 16 points. Point guard O'Brien Hobbs finished with 15 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Kevin Marshall led all players in rebounding with 15 to go along with 8 points, 4 steals and 1 block.
Cincinnati State, which improves to 4-2 on the season, will return to action against Wayne County Community College (MI) on Saturday, Nov. 17. The game is scheduled for a 3 pm tip-off.
Surge win 114-44; look forward to Friday's game against No. 11 Moraine Valley
The Cincinnati State men's basketball team won its home opener on Wednesday night against the club team for Ohio State University.
Winning 114-44, the Surge were led by 6'11 sophomore Dwayne Bazemore and freshman guard Winston Grays. Bazemore scored 14 of his 20 points in the first seven minutes of the game and led the Surge in rebounding with 17. Grays finished with a game high 21 points to go along with 4 steals. Point guard Thomas Jackson, who played limited minutes due to soreness in his right leg, finished with 14 points and 10 assists. O'Brien Hobbs, who got the starting nod from Head Coach Andre Tate, finished with 11 points and 8 assists. Devonte Smith chipped in with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
As a team, the Surge out rebounded their opponent 62-20 and won the assist battle 36-8.
"We played well tonight. We worked on a few different defensive sets and the guys picked up the new concepts well. We have a big game on Friday against another ranked opponent. We are looking forward to the opportunity to make a statement," Tate said after Wednesday's game.
With the win, the Surge improve to 4-1 on the season heading into Friday's road game against Moraine Valley, a team ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA national poll.
Surge beat No. 17 Owens Community College
Surge win opening game of season
The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team launched the 2012-13 season with a 121-66 win over Oakton College (IL) in the opening round of the Triton Community College Invitational on Friday.
Eight Cincinnati State players finished in double figures. Point guard Thomas Jackson finished with 14 points and 10 assists. Jackson's backup, O'Brien Hobbs, finished with 13 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Cody Martin was the high scorer with 17 points while pulling down 6 rebounds and blocking 2 shots.. Dwayne Bazemore led the team in rebounding with 10 to go along with 13 points.
"Everyone played well tonight. We have been hungry to play a meaningful game since the first day of practice. They showed that tonight," said Head Coach Andre Tate. "This win sets us up for a tough game tomorrow against a top fifteen team in the country. This is our chance to make a early season statement."
The Surge will take on Danville Area Community College, a team ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA national poll, on Saturday at 6 pm at Triton Community College, the tournament host site. Danville Area enters the game coming off a win against Lakeland Community College, a team that was ranked No. 5.
Cincinnati State kicks off season this weekend in Chicago
The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team launches its quest to climb back into the national rankings when the Surge open the 2012-13 season this weekend at the Triton Community College Invitational.
Head coach Andre Tate has a trio of returning starters—6’1” point guard Thomas Jackson (left-center), 6’11” center Dwayne Bazemore (far left) and 6’6” forward Cody Martin (far right)—to provide leadership to a team deep on talent with the infusion of a number of freshmen stars.
Jackson, who averaged 18.3 points and 7.4 assists in a half a season of action last year, is well-suited to key the Surge’s up-tempo attack. Bazemore (8.1 ppg/6.8 rpg) gives the team a size advantage while the athletic Martin (8.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg) provides both offensive and defensive spark.
Nick Robertson (right-center), a 6’5” sophomore who provided a defensive spark coming off the bench last season, will figure into this year’s starting mix.
Cincinnati State's freshman class is headlined by Mycle Shadie, a 5'11 guard from Akron, Ohio, Devonte Smith, a 6'4 small forward from Chicago, and 6’5” combo guard Tyler Fischl from Indianapolis.
As a senior, Shadie helped lead Akron East High School to a 23-2 record and averaged 19.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals.
Smith was a Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League selection after leading Bogan High to a 19-4 ledger and the Class 4A regional crown.
Fischl, averaged 11 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from 3-point range to help Lawrence Central to a 17-7 mark. He was an Indiana City All-Conference first team selection.
Other newcomers expected to make an impact include Brandon Murphy (Cincinnati, OH/ Fairfield HS), O’Brien Hobbs (Louisville, KY/ Fern Creek HS), Kevin Marshall (Saginaw, MI/ Saginaw HS), Chrisean Marsden (Indianapolis, IN/ Pike HS), Lionel Hill (Cincinnati, OH/ Western Hills HS) and Jamal Ivery (Cincinnati, OH/ North College Hill HS).
"This is the deepest team that I have had," Tate explained. "The guys have been able to develop a great chemistry from the first day of practice. Every player has a different type of skill set that complements our team concept. If we continue to work hard and improve every day, I feel great about our chances to bring home some hardware this year."
The Surge open with Oakton College on Friday at 2 p.m. at Triton Community College, the tournament host site. If the Surge win, they will face the winner of the Danville Area Community College vs. Lakeland Community College game. Both teams are ranked in the top 25 in the NJCAA Pre-Season Poll.
OCCAC names Marquis Wilson to All-Conference 1st team; Anton Hutchins earns 2nd team honors
MAR. 9, 2012 - The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference has named Cincinnati State sophomore guard Marquis Wilson to the All-Conference Men’s Basketball 1st team for the 2011-12 season.
Sophomore forward Anton Hutchins earned All-Conference 2nd team honors.
In addition to Wilson and Hutchins, freshmen Thomas Jackson and Cody Martin earned OCCAC Honorable Mention honors and will be the key members of head coach Andre Tate's 2013 class of returning sophomores.
In conference play this season, Wilson averaged a team-high 17.4 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 steals per game. For the season, he averaged 15.8 points, 3.7 assists and 4.6 steals per game, which ranked second among all junior college players in the category.
Hutchins, who transferred from South Plains Community College, provided a legitimate scoring presence from the wing. Hutchins averaged 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in conference play. In a January game against Columbus State, he scored a season-high 38 points. For the season, Hutchins averaged 14.5 points and 5 rebounds per game.
With Cincinnati State's season coming to an end earlier this week in the first round of the regional tournament, Wilson and Hutchins have turned their focus toward maintaining their academic progress and reviewing four-year institutions with an eye toward future plans. Both players are expected to commit to Div. II programs in the weeks ahead.
"I am proud of my team and what we went through this season. I would not have been able to achieve what I did on the court without the help of all my coaches and teammates," Wilson said.
Cody Martin named OCCAC's "Player of the Week"
FEB. 13, 2012 - Cincinnati State forward Cody Martin has been voted the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference's latest "Player of the Week."
In the Surge’s only conference matchup of the week, Martin came off of the bench to score a game high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals as the Surge claimed a 29 point victory over Sinclair Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 1. A freshman from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Martin is averaging 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Coach Andre Tate states "Cody is guy who will get six to eight points per game just off of his hustle and rebounding in the paint. It is very rare to find a freshman who rebounds as well as he does."
Currently at 18-6 overall with a 6-2 record in the OCCAC, Cody Martin and the Surge's next game will be on the road against Columbus State Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 15. After Columbus State's loss to Cuyahoga Community College on Saturday, Feb. 11, both teams enter Wednesday's game tied for first place in the OCCAC with identical 6-2 records.
Cincinnati State's Cody Martin and Nick Robertson help out at local school
Check out Cincinnati State basketball players Nick Robertson and Cody Martin giving back to the community in Evanston Academy's 5th grade class as tutors and character coaches for the Winners Read Program! The Cleveland, Ohio natives will spend every Friday afternoon working with the kids on study habits, reading, writing and dedication to hard work as part of the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.
"We just want to help out where we can," Nick Robertson said. "It feels good to do something good for somebody else. Cody and I had a great time working with everyone there. The teachers do a great job with the kids everyday and we were honored to be a part of it."
See Nick, Cody, and the rest of the 2011-2012 Cincinnati State Surge in the preseason home opener on Thursday night against UC Clermont. The game will begin at 7:30 PM.
Roman Hill signs with top D-II program
AUG, 8. 2011 - After playing just one year in the Cincinnati State uniform, Roman Hill has signed a letter of intent to play for Augusta State (GA). After averaging 11.2 points and leading the team with 7.7 rebounds per game while playing at the power forward position, Hill became the leader of the team and was named team MVP by head coach Andre Tate following the season. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Hill's season is the fact that he played in every game with significant injuries to both knees. Despite these injuries, the 6'5 Cincinnati native from Mt. Healthy High School still performed at a high level playing big minutes while starting the majority of the games as he helped lead the Surge to a 24-11 overall record.
“As a natural three, Roman went above our expectation when we were forced to stick him at the four due to injuries up and down our roster,” Tate said. “Roman is a guy who became an instant leader and has great influence on his teammates and on potential recruits.”
In addition to earning team MVP honors, Hill earned the men’s basketball Academic Award for the player with the highest GPA which also served as a critical reason for Augusta State’s interest and his ability to leave Cincinnati State early.
“I am able to go down there for three full years of eligibility while playing for one of the top D-II programs in the country,” Hill says. “It is sad to go. My heart is and will always be in Cincinnati and with my teammates.”
Hill will compete for the starting small forward spot for Augusta State, who finished with an overall record of 30-4 in the 2010-2011 season and ranked 4th in the NCAA D-II rankings.
Roman Hill named Cincinnati State's most valuable player for 2011
JUNE.2, 2011 - For the coaching staff of Cincinnati State, the most valuable player is the individual who helps the team win, performs at a high level and provides leadership on and off the court. Throughout the 2010-2011 season, freshman forward Roman Hill fit the description to the fullest.
"I have known this guy since he was a little kid. Roman has always been someone who will give everything on the court," said coach Andre Tate as he addressed an audience at the Cincinnati State athletic banquet. "He has been a good motivator, great at welcoming potential recruits, and has an extraordinary work ethic."
Part of that leadership quality came from Hill's willingness to do whatever it took for the team to be successful. A natural small-forward, Hill was asked to play and start at the power forward position from the beginning of the 2010-2011 season. Roman answered that challenge by averaging 11.2 points and leading the team in rebounds with 7.7 per game - often times outrebounding players with more size and height.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Hill's season is the fact that he played in every game with significant injuries to both knees. Despite these injuries, the 6'5 Cincinnati native from Mt. Healthy High School still performed at a high level playing big minutes and starting most of the games as he helped lead the Surge to a 23-10 overall record. Cincinnati State finished second in the conference and one win away from a second consecutive NJCAA National Tournament appearance. After the season had ended, Hill had surgery to repair ligaments in his right and left knee which had torn in the later part of the season.
"The toughest thing for me is not being able to play and workout," says Hill, who is now spending the summer rehabilitating his knees. "My goal is to get back to 100% and win next year."
Already taking home the team M.V.P. trophy, Roman Hill also received the men's basketball Academic Award for earning the highest GPA on the team. Also receiving team awards were Marquis Wilson (Unsung Hero) and Bradley Tilford (Most Improved).
Eric Mosley named OCCAC Player of the Year; Little named to All-Conference Team
MAR, 5. 2011- Sophomore guard Eric Mosley won the 2011 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Mosley led all scorers in the conference and ranked third nationally averaging nearly 24 points per game. He recorded a season-high 38 points in the Region XII Tournament semi-finals against Columbus State Community College. Mosley has signed with St.Bonaventure of the Atlantic-10 Conference and will play for the Bonnies next fall.
Sophomore guard Melvyn Little was named to the OCCAC All-Conference First Team. Little had a tremendous season for the Surge averaging 14 points per game. Little made huge improvements on the defensive end. In his sophomore season, Little averaged 2.7 steals per game ranking in the top twenty five nationally in the category.
In his two years at Cincinnati State, Little helped lead the Surge to a 50 and 19 overall record and a NJCAA National Finals appearance in 2010. He has verbally committed to play for Southern Indiana University for the fall of 2011.
Surge players headed for D-1 program
APRIL, 2010 - Forward Rayshawn Goins and guard James Millen of the Cincinnati State men's basketball team have signed letters of intent to play at James Madison this upcoming season. Goins led the team in scoring averaging nearly 23 points and 8 rebounds per game. Millen is a local product from Schroder High School. In his two years at Cincinnati State, the 6’2" guard averaged 15 points and 5 assists per game. James’ game was noticed nationally and earned him an invited to participate in the Jerry Muellens Junior College Top 120 Camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After their appearance in the NJCAA National Finals, Millen and Goins were named to the National-All Tournament Team.
“James and Ray were great leaders,” Head Coach Andre Tate said. “The reason we went so far last year was the team chemistry. These two guys were one of the main reasons why our team was so close to bringing home the national championship.”
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