Cincinnati State Men's Basketball
Basketball Classic Spices Up Holiday Weekend
Nov. 24, 2015
Cincinnati State's men's basketball team will provide an entertainment opportunity for the Thanksgiving weekend. The Surge are hosting a four-game classic on Friday and Saturday.
The highlight is likely the Saturday clash between the No. 7 Surge and No. 10 Danville. The two teams met on the opening weekend in Danville with the Jaguars upsetting Cincinnati State, 79-77, in overtime.
That contest will take place at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday following the 1 p.m. matchup of Cuyahoga and Moraine Valley.
The Classic tips off Friday at 5 p.m. with Danville playing Cuyahoga. Cincinnati State will play Moraine Valley at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati State enters the weekend with a 7-3 record. The Surge turned back Don Bosco Prep, 90-88, on a pair of Brandon Trotter free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining on Monday. Trotter's heroics came after the Surge lost a 12-point second half lead--in part by missing free throws.
Surge Seek Wins in Upcoming Schedule
Nov. 19, 2015
Cincinnati State's men's basketball team will try to launch a winning run when hosting Jefferson Community College from Louisville, Ky. on Saturday.
The Surge will be playing their first home game in 11 days and only their third of the season when they tip off Saturday at 1 p.m. Head coach Andre Tate hopes the home atmosphere will aid his team.
Cincinnati State entered the season ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA national poll. A loss at No. 10 Danville in the first weekend of the season did not dampen the high expectations.
The Surge have struggled with injuries and have won only two of their last four games for a 5-3 record.
When healthy the team has been a high-scoring machine on offense with an aggressive, ball-hawking style of play on defense. Corie Smith, averaging 16.5 points per game, leads a quintet of double-digit scorers: Justin Baker (15.3), Isiah Bostic (11.9), Brandon Trotter (11.4) and Josh Santos (10.9). Baker and Trotter have missed significant playing time recently due to injuries. Grover Anderson, last year's leading scorer, has been sidelined for the season with a knee injury.
If nothing else, the Surge will have their home court as an edge as their next five games are in the Cincinnati State gym, including Monday's 7 p.m. contest vs. Don Bosco Prep and the Surge Classic on Nov. 27-28.
Upcoming Home Schedule:
Nov. 21 Jefferson, 1 p.m.
Nov. 23 Don Bosco Prep, 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 Surge Classic vs. Moraine Valley, 7 p.m.
Nov. 28 Surge Classic vs. Danville, 3 p.m.
Dec. 2 Tiffin, 7 p.m.
Surge Optimistic About 2015-16 Season
Andre Tate is usually upbeat about the prospects of the Cincinnati State men's basketball team, but this preseason finds ate particularly optimistic about the Surge's prospects for the 2015-16 season.
Togetherness is one of the first reasons Tate cites for his optimism.
"This team has tremendous closeness, much closer than other teams," Tate explained. "Our 2010 team became this close by the end of the season, but this team is starting out that way."
For a point of reference, that 2010 team narrowly missed a national championship, posting a runner-up finish in the NJCAA tournament.
Tate is also high on the return of a pair of guards, sophomores Grover Anderson and Cory Smith. Anderson (12.2 points per game in 2014-15) is a combination guard who can score in a number of ways while Smith (.401 shooter from 3-point range) is an accurate long-range shooter.
The Surge added an experienced point guard in sophomore Justin Baker, a transfer from Owens. Freshmen Deshannon Lewis has looked sharp when given the opportunity to direct the team and Isiah Bostic has made an impact on the wing.
Tate beams brightest when talking about Cincinnati State's newfound size and inside play. Transfers Joshua Santos (6'8") and Brandon Trotter (6'7") bring both size and playing experience to the forward spots. Freshman Ladell Griffin (6'7") has made a quick impression. Marlon Kordrostami (6'10") and Chris Blount (6'6") are a little ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of competing for playing time.
Obviously, depth is another reason for optimism.
"We should be a much stronger rebounding team and we should block a lot of shots," Tate predicted. "We have the speed to be effective in the transition game and I believe that we can learn how to become patient in the half-court offense."
The Surge open the season in a tournament at Danville, Ill. They hope they can close their season there, too. That is the site of the NJCAA Division II basketball championships.
Surge Picked First in OCCAC
Oct. 21, 2015
Cincinnati State has been picked to win the 2015-16 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) men's basketball championship, according to a vote by the league's basketball coaches.
Cincinnati State received five of the eight first place votes, while Lakeland Community College received two and Owens Community College received one. Cincinnati State averaged 1.75 points among all voters, while Owens averaged 2.25 and Lakeland was at 3.5.
Lakeland and Owens have shared the past two OCCAC regular season championships. Last year, Lakeland defeated Owens 80-78 in the Region XII District 11 championship game and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Tournament, where they finished fifth in the country.
Either Owens, Lakeland and Cincinnati State have met in the Region XII District 11 championship game over the past four seasons. Lakeland defeated Owens in 2011-12, Owens defeated Lakeland in 2012-13, Cincinnati State defeated Owens in 2013-14 and Lakeland defeated Owens in 2014-15. In fact, the last two district championship games have been decided at the buzzer.
Outside the top three, Sinclair Community College edged out Cuyahoga Community College for the preseason fourth place pick. Sinclair averaged four points among conference votes, while Cuyahoga averaged 4.13.
Rounding out the top eight are Columbus State Community College (6.13), Lorain County Community College (6.75) and Edison Community College (7.5).
Santos Set To Join The Surge
Josh Santos, a 6-foot-8 forward originally from London, England, has transferred to Cincinnati State and will join the Surge men’s basketball team.
Santos played last season at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana. He averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while playing in 16 contests. Santos, who produced game highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds last season, was named Third Team All-Conference in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate is excited about the versatility Santos will bring to his squad.
“Josh is a great shooter, as far as midrange, and he can hit the three,” Tate said. “He’s a good rebounder. And he will be a veteran for us.
The Surge men’s basketball team produced a 25-7 record, had winning streaks of eight, six and five games and was ranked in the top 15 of the NJCAA Division II poll all season in 2014-15.
Trotter Transfers to Cincinnati State
Brandon Trotter has transferred to Cincinnati State and begun working out with the Surge men’s basketball team.
Trotter, a 6-foot-7 forward, comes to Cincinnati State after a year at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game during the 2014-15 season. Trotter had season highs of 14 points (against Dodge City) and 10 rebounds (against Northeastern Junior College).
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Trotter is a 2014 graduate of Seneca High School. After posting 11 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks a game as a junior, he had 14 points and six boards per contest during his senior season.
Trotter then played in the Ohio-Kentucky Boys' All-Star Basketball Game in 2014.
Surge head coach Andre Tate is looking forward to adding Trotter to the Cincinnati State roster for a variety of reasons.
“Brandon gives us length and athleticism,” Tate said. “I like his ability to rebound, and I really think he is going to help us in transition.”
Surge Bring In Point Guard Baker
Justin Baker, who played basketball for Owens Community College last season, has transferred to Cincinnati State.
A 5-foot-7 point guard, Baker is from Indianapolis and is a 2014 graduate of Cathedral High School. He averaged 20 points, three rebounds, seven assists and three steals per game as a senior for a team that went 19-5. Baker was named First Team All-City after his junior and senior seasons and Honorable Mention All-Indiana following his senior campaign.
Baker averaged 6.2 points, 3.2 assists and 1.5 rebounds a game while playing for Owens in 2014-15. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range and posted a season-high 20 points in a game against Columbus State in February. Baker also had a season-high 11 assists against Muskegon in November in his first career start.
Surge head coach Andre Tate is looking for Baker to come in and take charge.
“Sometimes players transfer in and they want to take a back seat, but with him playing point guard, I told Justin he has to be a leader,” Tate said. “And he’s done a good job of meshing with the guys and telling them where they need to be.”
Tate believes Baker’s strengths will be accentuated when playing Cincinnati State’s brand of basketball.
“I like his speed. Justin will fit in well with the up-tempo style of play,” the head coach said. “And he knows what he wants to do with the ball. He’s a very good passer.”
Sakho Transfers To Cincinnati State
Mamadou Sakho, a transfer from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, has joined the Cincinnati State men’s basketball team.
A 2012 graduate of Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in Virginia, Sakho averaged 17.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during the 2011-12 season.
Sakho, a 6-foot-4 wing, played one season at NJCAA Division I Clinton Community College in South Carolina and averaged nine points and five rebounds a game while shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. He then redshirted last season while at Monroe Community College.
Sakho is excited about the opportunity to join the Surge program and play for head coach Andre Tate.
“This is one of the top teams in the country, especially at the (NJCAA) Division II level, and coach Tate has a great reputation of getting guys to the next level,” Sakho said. “I believe if I do my job, I’ll be one of those guys going to the next level.”
Sakho, originally from Queens, New York, said the transition to Cincinnati State is going well and he is ready to contribute.
“I’m looking to bring a New York toughness (to the team), and I have some college experience under my belt,” he said.
Tate pointed to Sakho’s shooting as one of the key attributes he can add to the Surge, and the head coach is looking forward to pairing up Sakho with fellow sharpshooter Cory Smith.
“Mamadou is going to help stretch the defense for us,” Tate said. “I think he will help loosen up the defense a little bit, especially when you have him and Cory on the floor together.”
Barnes Headed Back To Alabama, Division I Basketball
Cincinnati State sophomore Nick Barnes recently signed a letter of intent to join the men’s basketball program at Alabama State University. A native of Lanett, Alabama, he will return to his home state to attend the NCAA Division I school located in Montgomery.
Barnes went to Texas Southern University, an NCAA Division I program, right out of high school, but injuries prevented him from seeing any game action. And after one year at Snead State Community College, Barnes came to Cincinnati State.
Surge head coach Andre Tate knows Barnes always has wanted another shot at playing at college basketball’s top level.
“Something Nick had in mind when he transferred in was getting back to Division I,” Tate said. “So I’m really happy for him. I think he’ll do a great job for Alabama State. He’s just got to put the work in, and I think things will fall in line for him.”
A 6-foot-6 wing player, Barnes averaged 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this past season for the Surge. He shot 37.5 percent from three-point range and had game highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds during the 2014-15 campaign.
However, it was more than just his statistics that impressed Tate.
“Nick was a leader for us this past season, and that was something we really needed,” the head coach said. “We had a lot of freshmen. He took on a leadership role, especially when we got into conference play.”
Tate believes Barnes will be a nice addition for the Hornets, which are coming off a 19-10 overall record and a 14-4 mark in Southwestern Athletic Conference play last season
"I think he will provide great shooting for Alabama State and be a good fit for them," Tate said.
Cincinnati State Men's Basketball Team Lands Lewis
DJ Lewis, a senior at Princeton High School, recently signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State men’s basketball program.
Lewis, a versatile 6-foot-3 player, averaged 12 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game for the Vikings during his senior season. He erupted for 19 points and 19 rebounds in a game against Fairfield and also had 17 points and 10 boards in a matchup with Colerain.
Surge head coach Andre Tate is excited about bringing Lewis into the Cincinnati State program.
“I love DJ’s toughness and I love that he’s left-handed,” Tate said. “He’s a tough kid who likes to battle big guys, but he’s going to be a good wing for us.”
Tate anticipates Lewis, who spent much of his time in the post in high school, playing some combination of shooting guard and small forward for the Surge.
“DJ is a solid shooter, good defender and good rebounder,” the head coach said. “So he’s going to help us.”
Georgia Student-Athlete Signs With Surge Men's Hoops Team
The Cincinnati State men’s basketball program reached into Georgia for one of its latest recruits.
Surge head coach Andre Tate and assistant coach Mike Walker discovered Devale Johnson, a senior at Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, Georgia. The interest was mutual, and Johnson attended an “open gym” session at Cincinnati State.
After seeing him play, Tate offered Johnson a scholarship. The 6-foot-2 combo guard recently signed a letter of intent to join the Surge during a ceremony at his high school.
Johnson averaged 12 points, five rebounds and four assists per game during his senior season. He recorded a season-high 19 points in a Stockbridge victory.
Tate likes Johnson’s versatility and thinks he will fit in well with his scheme.
“Devale has a really good midrange game and is an up-tempo style of player who is going to be an asset for what we like to do,” Tate said.
Cincinnati State, which is coming off a 25-7 record in 2014-15, will have lots of competition for time in the backcourt leading into next season. Johnson will join returning players Grover Anderson and Cory Smith as well as newcomers Jhedayah “Juice” Gibbs, Isiah Bostic and DJ Lewis at the guard spots.
Tate is perfectly fine with having an assortment of guards on his squad.
“That’s a great thing,” the head coach said. “Teams that are deep going into conference play usually are going to be in the thick of things.”
'Juice' Signs To Join Surge Men's Basketball Team
Jhedayah “Juice” Gibbs, from New York City, recently signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State men’s basketball program.
A 6-foot guard, Gibbs scored more than 1,000 points over his last three high school seasons while playing for Thurgood Marshall Academy in Manhattan.
A talented 3-point shooter, he averaged 18.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game during his senior season. Gibbs, a second team All-City selection, had 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists in a game during his final high school campaign.
Surge head coach Andre Tate is eager to bring Gibbs to Cincinnati State.
“He’s a dynamic point guard who can really handle the basketball and knows how to run a team,” Tate said. “And he’s left-handed. I like left-handed point guards.”
Gibbs, who will begin taking classes at Cincinnati State and working out with the basketball team in June, is expected to be in the running for the starting point guard spot for the Surge next season.
“He’s good defensively, and he’s long,” Tate added. “He’s going to come in and help us.”
Bostic Signs With Surge Hoops Team
Isiah Bostic, a senior at Turpin High School in Cincinnati, signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to continue his academic and basketball careers at Cincinnati State.
Bostic, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during his senior season. One of his season highlights came in a 22-point performance in Turpin’s 85-84 victory over Milford. Bostic also played in the Cincinnati East West All-Star Game earlier this month.
Bostic comes from a family rich in basketball tradition in the city of Cincinnati. His father, 6-foot-5 Curtis Bostic, played for the University of Cincinnati and later was a strength and conditioning coach for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate, a University of Cincinnati standout in his own right, is excited about bringing in the son of a fellow former Bearcat.
“His dad was really good at UC,” Tate said. “Isiah doesn’t have his dad’s height, but he has his athletic ability.”
Tate added that the younger Bostic, who projects as a shooting guard and possibly a wing player with the Surge, is a smart player who is strong, good on the defensive end and can knock down shots.
In addition to being a basketball standout, Bostic is a track-and-field athlete and an honor-roll student.
Season a Success for Cincinnati State Men's Basketball Team
While the 2014-15 Cincinnati State men’s basketball season has to be deemed a success, the ultimate goal remained just out of reach.
The Surge produced a 25-7 record, had winning streaks of eight, six and five games and was ranked in the top 15 of the NJCAA Division II poll all season.
However, a 107-102 overtime loss to Owens Community College in the final regular-season game prevented Cincinnati State from a second straight conference championship and a 75-68 setback to Owens in the semifinals of the district tournament kept the Surge from back-to-back national tournament appearances.
Cincinnati State burst out of the gates, claiming six straight victories to start the season. The Surge ended the calendar year with a 12-2 mark, but 2015 brought changes to the roster and increased roles for some freshmen players.
Cincinnati State went 5-3 to start the month of January before the team gelled and hit its stride. The Surge reeled off eight straight wins heading into the regular-season finale.
“That eight-game stretch, we came together as a team and we got on a roll,” Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said.
A leading cause for the run of success was the play of Grover Anderson. The freshman guard from Crest Hill, Illinois, averaged 20.9 points per game during the eight games.
“Grover Anderson took off in the second half of the season to become a first-team all-conference player,” Tate said.
Another key member of the Surge was James Kilpatrick. Tate remarked late in the season that he didn’t know where his team would be without the sophomore forward from Memphis, appreciating the effort from Kilpatrick.
“His consistency, day-in, day-out, as far as hustle, rebounding and points when we needed it was great,” the head coach added.
Anderson paced the Surge with 12.2 points per game, and Kilpatrick led the team with 7.5 rebounds a contest. Freshmen guards Cory Smith (10.6) and Davion Ashe (10.1) rounded out the players who averaged double figures in scoring.
Anderson was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference first team, while Kilpatrick was named to the second team and Ashe received honorable mention recognition.
“I thought it was a very good season,” Tate said. “Any time you win 25 games, it has to be considered a good season.”
Looking forward, Tate believes next season’s team will be back where he wants the program to be. Cincinnati State, which currently has five verbal commitments from high school seniors, will return approximately a half dozen players from this squad.
Surge Let One Slip Away in District Tournament
Circleville, Ohio -- The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team allowed Owens Community College to finish on a 16-4 run as the Surge fell to the Express, 75-68, in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II District 11 tournament.
Leading, 64-59, with 3:46 remaining, Cincinnati State struggled to rebound and connect from the free-throw line, giving Owens the opportunity to come back. It marked the second time in a week that the Express got the best of the Surge.
Owens (25-6) out-rebounded Cincinnati State by 15, blocked eight more shots and held the Surge to 33.8 percent shooting from the field.
Sophomores James Kilpatrick (pictured), Larry Johnson, Adam McCall and Nick Barnes played their last game for Cincinnati State, which finished the season with a 25-7 record. Barnes led the Surge with 16 points, while Kilpatrick had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman guard Grover Anderson went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line en route to 12 points, and freshman forward Alex Baptiste added nine points and six boards.
Darren Groves led the way for Owens with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
For the season, Anderson led Cincinnati State with 12.2 points per game, while Kilpatrick paced the team with 7.5 rebounds a contest.
Surge Advance to District Tournament Semifinals
After two nail-biting wins against Columbus State Community College this season, the Cincinnati State men’s basketball got out in front and didn’t let up en route to a 77-62 victory over the visiting Cougars in an NJCAA Division II District 11 tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday night.
The Surge used balanced offense and high-pressure defense to secure a spot in the tournament semifinals. Cincinnati State will face Owens Community College at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, on Friday at 8 p.m.
Six players scored between nine and 13 points as the Surge won their ninth game in the past 10. Freshmen guards Grover Anderson and Cory Smith led the way with 13 points each, while sophomore forward Larry Johnson added 11. James Kilpatrick posted 10 points, seven rebounds and a game-high four assists, and Alex Baptiste (pictured) had nine points and a team-best eight boards.
“We talked about moving the ball, and when you do that, everyone has a chance to score,” Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said.
The Surge locked down defensively, holding Columbus State leading scorer Matthew Rhodes to zero field goals and three points, and Tate noticed a difference in his team’s third game against the Cougars.
“I thought we did a better job of guarding and running them off the 3-point line,” he said.
With a matchup with Owens on the horizon, Cincinnati State is eager for the opportunity.
“We’re looking forward to playing Owens,” Tate said. “They are a very good team and very well coached. As long as we keep them off the glass, we will put ourselves in a position to win.”
Conference crown on the line as Cincinnati State faces Owens
It all comes down to this.
The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team travels to face Owens Community College on Saturday, and with a win, the Surge will clinch at least a share of the conference regular-season title and the top seed in the district tournament.
Cincinnati State is 24-5 and 11-2 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play, matching the same conference record held by Owens and Lakeland Community College. The Surge hold the tiebreaker over the Lakers, meaning a win at Owens would guarantee a No. 1 seed in the district tournament in addition to their ninth OCCAC crown.
Cincinnati State, No. 11 in the NJCAA Division II rankings, is riding an eight-game winning streak, its longest such stretch of the season. Five of those eight victories have been by three or fewer points, but that doesn’t bother head coach Andre Tate.
“I’m fine with that.” Tate said. “You are not going to have any blowouts in the tournament. There are going to be some close games.”
Grover Anderson, chosen OCCAC player of the week twice in the past three weeks, has been hot. The freshman guard is averaging 22.5 points per game while shooting 90.7 percent from the free-throw line in his last six contests. Anderson hasn’t missed from the charity stripe in the last three games, going 19-for-19.
“As long as he’s aggressive and playing like he is right now, we’re going to pretty tough to beat,” Tate said.
Additionally, James Kilpatrick has been a huge asset to the Surge down the stretch. The sophomore forward has connected on two game-winning baskets in the past three games and is averaging 10.3 rebounds over the last four.
“James has been consistent all year,” Tate said. “He’s been our MVP the whole season. I don’t know where we’d be without him, because he also brings the toughness, and it rubs off on a few guys.”
If Cincinnati State loses at Owens on Saturday, the Surge will host Columbus State on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in district tournament play.
But a victory would mean a trip straight to the district tournament semifinals in Circleville, Ohio, next Friday.
“I just want us to go up there and play with some toughness,” Tate said of the regular-season finale. “If we go up there and play tough and rebound the basketball and don’t let them get in the paint against us, we’ll have a chance of coming out of there with a win.”
Surge move up to No. 5 in national poll
Cincinnati State has moved up one place, to No. 5, in the NJCAA Division II men's basketball poll.
The Surge (12-2) trail only Louisburg (13-0), Kishawaukee (14-2), Richard Bland (13-0) and Phoenix (12-3) and are the highest-ranked team from Region XII. Owens (12-4) is the only other OCCAC team in the rankings.
Cincinnati State's next game is at Lorain County on Saturday.
Surge hold off Olive-Harvey
The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team shook off the rust from not playing a game in more than two weeks as it defeated visiting Olive-Harvey College, 85-82, on Monday night.
The Surge trailed most of the first half, including by a score of 22-11 about 10 minutes into the game, and shot just 28 percent in the opening 20 minutes. However, Cincinnati State rallied back to tie the game at 41 at halftime.
“We finally got our legs under us,” Surge head coach Andre Tate said. “Being off 14-15 days, going into the game, I knew we were going to struggle a little bit, but I thought after going into the locker room we regrouped and came out ready to play.”
Cincinnati State executed better offensively in the second half, knocking down 60 percent of its shots. Keying the run were freshman guard Grover Anderson and sophomore forward James Kilpatrick. The duo combined for 22 of the Surge’s 44 second-half points.
Kilpatrick also led Cincinnati State with nine rebounds.
“James is a monster on the glass,” Tate said. “He’s starting to finish around the bucket, which is making him a better player, and defensively he causes a lot of problems.”
After Cincinnati State stretched the lead to 61-50 on a three-pointer from Davion Ashe that just beat the shot-clock buzzer with 12:49 remaining, Olive-Harvey began to chip away. The Panthers cut the Surge lead to one with 56 seconds to go before sophomore guard Deandre Hollins-Johnson drove the lane and scored. An Olive-Harvey desperation three-pointer at the final buzzer ricocheted off the rim.
Anderson finished with a team-high 18 points and six rebounds, while Kilpatrick netted 17. Ashe added 13 points and five rebounds. Olive-Harvey guard Quentin Ruff led all scorers with 33.
“We’ve been in a lot of tight games this year, and it’s going to bode well for us when tournament time and conference time gets here,” Tate said. “We’ll be ready for anything that comes our way.”
Surge add length with acquisitions of Barnes, Muhammad-Ahmarudeen
Cincinnati State coach Andre Tate continues to revamp his roster for the upcoming basketball season with the recent additions of center Yusef Muhammad-Ahmarudeen and transfer guard Nick Barnes.
Muhammad-Ahmarudeen comes to Cincinnati State after winning back-to-back Utah Class 2A State titles while playing for Coach Geno Morgan at Wasatch Academy. The 6’10 center from Nigeria averaged 8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2 blocks last season while leading the Raptors to a 26-1 record and a flawless 10-0 mark in their region.
“With his length, Yusef is a player who can come in and make an immediate impact,” Tate said. “He has the ability to alter shots and stretch the floor.”
Nick Barnes, a 6’6 guard from Lanett, Ala., spent last season playing at Snead State Community College (Ala.). He averaged 4.8 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. Barnes is projected to compete for a starting spot with incoming freshmen Davion Ashe and Quinton Chames.
“Nick has the ability to score. His length is what sets him apart from other guards at this level,” Tate explained. “We haven’t had this type of size in a while. We will have five or six guys who can finish around the basket and play above the rim.”
Muhammad and Barnes join a Cincinnati State team coming off of a 29-5 season, a conference title, a district championship and a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.
Transfer Hollins-Johnson to play point at Cincinnati State next season
Cincinnati State coach Andre Tate further solidified the point guard spot for next season with the recent acquisition of transfer Deandre Hollins-Johnson.
Metro Conference Player of the Year Smith III accepts offer to play for Surge
Taft forward Robert Smith III has signed his letter of intent and will play at Cincinnati State next season.
Smith III averaged 14.5 points and 13.7 rebounds last year for the Senators. He led his team to the Metro League title and was named the Metro League "Athlete of the Year." Smith III and the Senators went on to claim the Division II sectional title before being defeated by Thurgood Marshall in the regional championship game. Smith III also was selected to the District 16 1st Team.
"I liked Robert's game from the first time I watched him play," Surge head coach Andre Tate said. "He is a bit undersized at his position, but he makes up for it with his strength and toughness. I expect him to bring that same toughness and work ethic to every practice and every game."
Smith III joins a Cincinnati State team coming off of a 29-5 season, a conference title, a district championship and a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament.
Grays to play at James Madison University next season
Cincinnati State guard Winston Grays has signed his national letter of intent to play at James Madison University next season.
“I just loved everything about JMU,” he said. “The coaching staff, the players and the campus seem like a great fit for me.”
The 6’2 scorer won the OCCAC “Player of the Year” and was named a Division II NJCAA 1st Team All-American. Grays is third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,160 points.
Grays, who said he chose JMU over offers from IUPUI and Eastern Kentucky, is the third Surge player to suit up for the Dukes in the past five seasons. Rayshawn Goins and James Millen, members of Cincinnati State’s 2010 team, also went on to play for head coach Matt Brady and the Dukes.
James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Va., competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes have appeared in the NCAA tournament five times, including in 2013.
Winston Grays will play for James Madison head coach Matt Brady and the Dukes next season.
Surge claim district title, finish sixth at nationals
After claiming the district title, the men's program capped off a successful season with a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA national tournament.
The men punched their ticket to nationals in Danville, Ill., thanks to a Winston Grays jumper as time expired that sent Cincinnati State to a 79-78 win over Owens in the NJCAA District XI championship game on March 9.
The Surge, which were the top seed in the national tournament, had their title hopes dashed after a 90-78 loss to Central Community College (Neb.) in the second round. Cincinnati State ended with a sixth-place finish in the tournament.
The Surge, which ended the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA national poll for the first time in program history, finished with a 29-5 record while claiming the District 11 and OCCAC titles.
Capping off a great year, Grays was named OCCAC “Player of the Year” and an an NJCAA All-American. Grays led the team in scoring and is one of six Cincinnati State players to score more than 1,000 points. Surge head coach Andre Tate was named OCCAC and District I “Coach of the Year.”
For information on the Men’s Div. II National Tournament, go to - http://www.njcaa.org/sports_nationalChampionship.cfm?category=National%20Championship&sid=5&divid=2&slid=2
Cogdell sinks two free throws with 0.5 seconds to lift Surge past Lakeland
Circleville, OH -- Freshman DJ Cogdell hit two of the most important free throws of Cincinnati State's season with 0.5 seconds left in regulation, giving the Surge a 75-73 win over Lakeland Community College in Friday's district semifinal.
Cincinnati State claims share of OCCAC title with win over Lakeland
CINCINNATI, OH - In the final game of the regular season, Cincinnati State earned its first OCCAC title since 2010 with a 104-74 victory over Lakeland Community College on Saturday.
Ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA national poll, Cincinnati State (25-3; 11-1 in OCCAC) closed out the season on a 9 game winning streak thanks to a balanced scoring attack. 7 Cincinnati State players finished in double figures led by sophomore McKinley Bell's 17 points. Bell also added 12 rebounds in his final home game in a Surge uniform. Hugh Hobbs finished with 15 points. Winston Grays, the program's 5th leading scorer of all-time, finished with 13 points and a game-high 8 assists.
"This was a great win. With a title on the line, you always want to come out and execute," Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said. "We did that in the second half today and pulled away to the victory."
With the win, this year's team finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record at home.
Lakeland (14-13; 6-6) was led by forward Rasheed Howard's 20 points.
Securing the top spot in this weekend's conference tournament, Cincinnati State will play the winner of Tuesday's play-in game between Columbus State and Lakeland. This year's conference tournament is held on Friday and Saturday at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, OH.
Surge close in on OCCAC crown with road win over Sinclair
DAYTON, OH - Cincinnati State took another step toward clinching the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference men's basketball crown with a 93-76 road win over Sinclair Community College on Wednesday.
Surge defeat Owens in battle of top ten teams
CINCINNATI, OH - Cincinnati State moved back into first place in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings with a convincing 80-67 victory over Owens Community College on Saturday.
The victory by the Surge, No. 2 in the NJCAA poll, avenged their lone loss in league play and put them a half game over Owens. Cincinnati State is 23-3 overall and 9-1 in the OCCAC. Owens, ranked No. 8 nationally, fell to 20-5 and 7-1.
Winston Grays led the Surge with 20 points and became the third documented Cincinnati State player to score over 1,000 career points, finishing the game with 1,118. Chrisean Marsden added 16 along with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. McKinley Bell tallied 14. Point guard Orlando Berry finished with a team high 8 assists as the Surge improved to 12-0 at home this season.
Cincinnati State staked an early lead and never trailed, boasting a 20-point margin in the second half. The Surge shot 48 percent from the floor, with eight of the 10 players reaching the scoring column. Cincinnati State’s defense flustered the Express to 36 percent shooting and 19 turnovers. The Surge, who lead the nation in steals, made 15 thefts in the game.
Andy Bachman led Owens with 17 points. Bikramjit Gill had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Boykins added 15 points.
Cincinnati State travels to Sinclair Community College on Wednesday.
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Grays closes in on 1,000 point milestone as Surge defeat Lakeland
KIRTLAND, Ohio -- Needing 38 points to eclipse 1,000 in his junior college career, Cincinnati State's Winston Grays led his team to a 76-69 victory over Lakeland Community College with 25 points on Saturday afternoon.
Surge stay undefeated at home with lopsided victory over winless Edison
Cincinnati, OH -- Five players scored in double figures as Cincinnati State rolled over Edison, 105-65, for its 20th win of the season, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play on Thursday.
It was the 12th century scoring performance of the season for the 20-3 Surge, who entered the game ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA national poll with the nation’s second-leading scoring offense (103.0).
Winston Grays led Cincinnati State with 24 points. Starters Teron Ramsey and James Kilpatrick netted 14 and 11 points, respectively. McKinley Bell and D.J. Codgell came off the bench to contribute 18 points each as the Surge improved to 11-0 on their home floor this season.
Cincinnati State was 14-of-29 from 3-point range, with Codgell and Wright each sinking six of 12 from beyond the arc. As a team, Cincinnati State has reached double digits in 3-pointers made three times in its last four games.
"This is the best shooting team I have had," Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said. "We have seven or eight guys who can get hot on any given night. Lately, they have all been hitting their shots."
Chandon Williams’ 22 points was tops for the Chargers, who remained winless on the season (0-13, 0-7).
Cincinnati State, now 6-1 and in second place in the OCCAC, plays at third-place Lakeland Community College on Saturday.
Sophomore Winston Grays led all players with 24 points in Thursday's win over Edison. Grays is 38 points shy of eclipsing 1,000 points scored in his junior college career.
Donald leads Surge to win over No. 9 Sinclair
Cincinnati, OH -- In Wednesday's Ohio Community College Athletic Conference action, freshman Trent Donald scored 25 points and led a second-half rally as Cincinnati State edged Sinclair Community College, 93-87.
Donald, who had missed the last two games due to injury, scored five points to break a 59-all tie and had 11 of his points in the final 12 minutes. After Sinclair closed the gap to two points with 1:41 remaining, Donald made the first of a two-shot free throw. He missed his second attempt but Winston Grays grabbed the rebound and scored to clinch the game. Grays finished with 15 points and Orlando Berry had 16 and five assists.
The win ups Cincinnati State to 19-3 overall and 5-1 in the Ohio Community Colleges Athletic Conference. The Surge are ranked No. 6 for the second straight week in the NJCAA poll and are second in the OCCAC.
No. 9 Sinclair (18-4, 3-2) had five double-digit scorers. Deiontay Walters led the attack with 24 points, with Wesley Parr and Trace Cureton each adding 15.
Cincinnati State is idle until next Wednesday’s hom when the team hosts Edison Community College at 7:30 pm.
Grays scores career high as Surge top Cuyahoga
Cleveland, Ohio -- Winston Grays celebrated a homecoming with a career-high 40 points to lead Cincinnati State to a 109-72 win over Cuyahoga in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Saturday.
Second half offense propels Surge past Columbus State
Cincinnati, Ohio -- Cincinnati State scored 68 points in the second half to overpower Columbus State, 119-78, in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night.
Cincinnati State's Winston Grays led all scorers with 24 points to go along with 6 assists. Freshman DJ Cogdell finished with a career high 23 points, converting 7 of 10 three point attempts, to lift the No. 6 Surge to their 17th win (17-3) of the season and third win (3-1) in OCCAC play. It marked the 10th time that Cincinnati State topped the 100-point mark. The Surge are ranked first in the NJCAA in scoring offense (102.3).
Seven Cincinnati State players reached double figures in scoring with McKinley Bell also recording a personal best with 14 points. As a team, Cincinnati State shot 51.2 % from the field.
Columbus State (8-8, 1-3) was led by Brian Marshall’s 26 points. Claude Lewis III tallied 15 and Chris Cook Jr. 14.
Cincinnati State travels to play Cuyahoga Community College on Saturday.
Cincinnati State eclipses century mark for ninth time this season with win over Edison
Surge open up conference play with 116-64 win over Cuyahoga
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Trent Donald leads Surge to overtime victory over Olive-Harvey
Chicago, IL - Playing in the final game before the beginning of conference play, the Cincinnati State men's basketball team defeated Olive-Harvey 122-115 in overtime on Monday night.
Cincinnati State's second half surge leads to 92-74 win over ABCD Academy
Cincinnati, OH - In the final game before the Christmas holiday, the Cincinnati State men's basketball team defeated ABCD Academy 92-74 on Tuesday night.
No. 1 ranked Cincinnati State defeats Ancilla to stay undefeated at home
Cincinnati, OH - Playing in the their first game as the new No. 1 ranked basketball team in the NJCAA, the Cincinnati State Surge defeated Ancilla College 88-64 on Saturday afternoon.
Cincinnati State sophomore Hugh Hobbs came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points, while converting all 4 attempts from beyond the arc. For Hobbs, it was his 7th 20+ point performance of the season. Winston Grays finished with 16 points. Orlando Berry, a Taft High School product, finished with game highs in assists (11) and steals (5) to go along with 10 points and 7 rebounds as the Surge improved to 8-0 at home.
Perhaps the difference in the game was Cincinnati State's perimeter shooting. The Surge converted 11 of 19 3-point attempts compared to Ancilla's 4 for 15 performance.
With the loss, Ancilla dropped to 3-7 on the season.
Extending its winning streak to 6 games, the 12-1 Surge will play their final home game before the holiday break on Tuesday against ABCD Academy at 7 pm.
Surge defeat Monroe in tournament final; projected to jump to No. 1 in rankings
Monroe, NY - Playing in the championship game of the Pete Pavia Scholarship Tournament in Monroe, NY on Sunday, Cincinnati State won their 5th straight game with an 87-77 victory over tournament host Monroe Community College.
The Surge return home to face Wayne County Community College on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Wayne County is the only team to defeat the Surge this season, winning 97-83 on Nov. 16.
Surge defeat previously unbeaten Triton College
Cincinnati, OH - Playing host to Triton College in the final game of the Cincinnati State Surge Classic, Cincinnati State defeated the Trojans 83-79 on Saturday night.
In a game which featured 19 lead changes and 9 ties, Cincinnati State got off to a quick start, claiming a 37-19 lead with 7 minutes to go in the first half. Triton would respond with a 12-3 run to finish the half narrowing the Surge lead to 40-31 at the break.
Triton continued its run to start the second half, outscoring the Surge 11-3 in the first 5 minutes. With 6:18 remaining, Triton's Tyre Washington converting a basket and free throw to put the Trojans up 71-66. Cincinnati State responded to the deficit by applying full court pressure forcing Triton into 5 turnovers, leading to a 10-5 run and a tie game with 2:00 minutes remaining. After the teams traded baskets, the Surge owned possession with 48 seconds on the clock. Circling the ball around the perimeter, Orlando Berry found freshman Trent Donald, who converted the eventual game winning shot from the right elbow with 24.5 remaining. Triton's Paul Beene's three point attempt to win the game was unsuccessful as Cincinnati State guard Hugh Hobbs Jr. secured the rebound, was fouled and converted two free throws to give the Surge the 83-29 victory.
Hobbs Jr., who came of the bench, scored 12 of his game high 20 points in the second half. Starting point guard Orlando Berry finished with 14 points, 8 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals. Donald, a graduate of Winton Woods High School, finished with 11 points.
Triton, which fell to 8-1 on the season, was led by forward Isaiah Grace's 18 points followed by 14 points from Beene.
Improving to 9-1 on the season and currently ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA national poll, Cincinnati State will return to action on the road when the team participates in the Pete Pavia Memorial Scholarship Basketball Tournament hosted by Monroe Community College on Dec. 7 & Dec. 8.
Surge beat OSU-Club 119-64 in tune up game before this weekend's tournament games
Cincinnati State, which ranks no. 1 in the nation in steals (19.3 spg) & rebounds (53.0 rpg), out rebounded their opponent 62-34 and held a 20-5 edge in 2nd chance points. The Surge forced OSU into 28 turnovers, ultimately leading to a 38-2 advantage in points scored in transition. Chrisean Marsden led on the defensive end for the Surge, tallying 6 blocked shots, 3 steals and 11 rebounds. James Kilpatrick also finished with 11 rebounds to go along with 2 blocks and 2 steals.
"We used this game to work on a few things that we felt we could improve on. Tonight was preparation for this weekend's tournament games," Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said. "Our next five games are really the meat of our out-of-conference schedule and we wanted to head into them with some confidence."
Improving to 7-1 on the season and currently ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA national poll, Cincinnati State returns to action this weekend as the school plays host to the 6-game Cincinnati State Surge Classic. The Surge will face Moraine Valley Community College, the No. 12 ranked team in the NJCAA, on Friday beginning at 7 pm. On Saturday, Cincinnati State hosts Triton College at 5 pm.
Here is a complete schedule of this weekend's tournament games held at Cincinnati State
Fri., Nov. 29
3 pm - Miami University - Middletown vs. Triton College
5 pm - Malcolm X College vs. Lansing Community College
7 pm - Cincinnati State Community College vs. Moraine Valley Community College
Sat., Nov. 30
1 pm - Moraine Valley Community College vs. Malcolm X College
3 pm - Lansing Community College vs. Miami University - Middletown
5 pm - Triton College vs. Cincinnati State Community College
Surge stay undefeated with 75-67 win over Mineral Area in Lake Land Laker Round Ball Classic title game
Mattoon, IL - The Cincinnati State men's basketball team improved to 5-0 overall on the season with a 75-67 win over Mineral Area College in the championship game of the Lake Land Round Ball Classic on Sunday night.
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Surge start season 2-0 with wins over Ivy Tech and Clark State
11.4.13 - Opening the regular season with back to back games at home, the Cincinnati State men's basketball team began the season with one of the best offensive performances in team history with a 142-41 victory over Ivy Tech and a 93-65 win against Clark State.
Sunday's final score against Ivy Tech was the largest point margin of victory in Andre Tate's tenure as Cincinnati State's head coach. Cincinnati State recorded 36 steals and held a 70-0 advantage in points scored off turnovers.
"One of our goals as a team is to pressure teams for the full 40 minutes and create as many steals and points in transition as possible," Tate said. "Looking at the numbers, I would say we got off to a tremendous start in that area of the game."
Every Cincinnati State player who logged playing time scored. Leading the Cincinnati State offense was sophomore guard Hugh Hobbs, who scored a game high 23 points off the bench in just 15 minutes of playing time. Sophomore and last year's leading scorer Winston Grays finished with 20 points in just 9:33 of action. Freshman Trent Donald, a Winton Woods graduate, finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds in his collegiate debut. Orlando Berry recorded a game high 9 assists to go along with 15 points and 4 steals. Jarod Jones, a freshman from Pontiac, MI, came off the bench to contribute 12 points, including three dunks in a span of two minutes.
"For the first game of the season, I was extremely happy with the result. We have guys who can flat out score. Without a doubt, this was one of the best statistical performances my team has ever had," Tate said. "We just have to put the emphasis on how to keep getting better and improve."
In a 93-65 win over Clark State on Monday, the difference in the game proved to be Clark State's inability to take care of the ball. The Surge defense forced Clark State into 24 turnovers compared to just 3 by Cincinnati State, resulting in a 28-0 advantage in points scored off of turnovers.
Four players finished in double digits for the Surge. Leading the way was freshman James Kilpatrick, who finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Sophomore Orlando Berry had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Winston Grays finished with 17 points. Forward Terron Ramsey, a freshman from Detroit, MI, had the double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
"We didn't have our best shooting night but we took care of the ball and played great defense in the second half. With this game out of the way, our focus turns to next weekend's road games against Truman and a tough team in State Fair Community College," Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said.
The Surge travel to compete in the Lake Land Laker Invitational in Mattoon, IL with games against Truman College on Friday and State Fair Community College on Saturday.
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Mike Eubanks 1989-1990
James Walker 1993-1994
VerDell Rawls 1995-1996
Quentin Smith 1998-1999
Bakary Konate 2000-2001
Malcolm Manier 2002-2003
John Williamson 2005-2006
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