Men’s Basketball schedule: The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge in Charleston (W.Va.) Nov. 12-13


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Jeff Helsel

California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team, Nov. 2021

The California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program announced its schedule for the 2021-22 season on Thursday afternoon.

The schedule consists of 28 games with 22 contests mandated by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as 16 games are versus divisional opponents and six contests are against crossover schools. The league features a balanced nine-team structure in both the Western and Eastern Divisions.

The Vulcans open the season at a tip-off challenge hosted by Charleston (W.Va.) on Nov. 12-13. Cal U will face the host Golden Eagles on the initial day before playing Glenville State after both teams advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament.
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Cal U will play its first home game in 625 days on Nov. 16 when it hosts Franklin Pierce (N.H.), which advanced to the semifinals of the 2020 Northeast-10 (NE-10) Conference Tournament. The Vulcans then face 2021 MEC Champion Fairmont State at home on Nov. 18 before traveling to face Shippensburg, which advanced to the finals of the 2020 PSAC Championship, in non-conference play on Nov. 23.

In December, the Vulcans start PSAC Crossover play with a weekend road trip to Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg on Dec. 3-4. Cal U returns to the Convocation Center for three games following Finals Week, starting on Dec. 15 versus Carlow. The Vulcans close out the 2021 portion of their schedule with back-to-back home games against West Chester and Millersville on Dec. 18-19.

Cal U starts 2022 with a home crossover contest against Kutztown on Jan. 2 before opening PSAC West play against 2020 PSAC Champion IUP on Jan. 5. The Vulcans then travel to face Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 8 before playing their final crossover game of the season on Jan. 10 at Shepherd. Cal U hosts Slippery Rock on Jan. 12 before beginning a three-game road trip at Edinboro on Jan. 15. The Vulcans then play at Clarion on Jan. 19 and travel to face Mercyhurst on Jan. 22. Cal U closes the month of January with three games in a week, starting with home games versus Gannon on Jan. 24 and Seton Hill on Jan. 26 before starting the second round of divisional play on Jan. 29 by traveling to Slippery Rock.

In February, Cal U plays Pitt-Johnstown at home on Feb. 2 before having an idle Saturday. The Vulcans return to action on Feb. 9 at IUP before hosting Edinboro on Feb. 12. Cal U travels to nearby Seton Hill on Feb. 16 before playing consecutive home games against Clarion on Feb. 19 and Mercyhurst on Feb. 23. The Vulcans close the regular season with a road game against Gannon on Feb. 26.

The PSAC Tournament is slated to start on Feb. 28 with the top-six teams from each division qualifying for the event. The semifinals and finals of the tournament will hosted on March 5-6 at the top remaining seed from the Western Division.

Note, games, dates, locations and times are subject to change.



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Charleston surfer buddies set world record for fastest travel to all 50 states | Charleston Scene


It was 15 degrees in Wyoming and 80 in Alabama in late April as a rented minivan, luggage strapped to the top and a twin-size mattress in the backseat, made its way across 48 state lines with a mission in mind. 

Thomas Cannon pulled up a map on his iPhone, a route designed by an algorithm seeking optimal ways to shave off trip time between back roads and highways. 

Justin Morris, from the passenger seat, tilted his camera and captured the phone mounted to the dashboard, arid Arizona desert terrain in the windshield at one point, snowy Nevada mountain peaks at another. 

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The route Thomas Cannon and Justin Morris took to travel to all 48 continental United States. Provided


The two Charleston friends who used to work together at Ocean Surf Shop on Folly Beach claim they have set a world record for traveling to all 50 states the fastest. And they did it without speeding.

“We were pretty good about obeying the speed limit,” Cannon said. “The last thing we wanted was a ticket.”

A plane trip from Hawaii to Alaska kicked off the mission, followed by a road trip between all 48 continental states that started at the Seattle airport.

Clocking it from wheels up in Hawaii to minivan tires crossing the Vermont border at exactly 7,007 miles on the odometer, Morris, 36, and Cannon, 33, made the trek in five days, 16 hours and 20 minutes. 

According to their time log from 8:33 p.m. on April 20 in Hawaii — which is six hours behind the East Coast — to 6:53 p.m. April 26 Eastern Time, they beat the former record by one day, one hour and 11 minutes.

That record was previously held by Nate Williams, Josh Willis, Chris Watson and Brian Mehrens from Missouri who made the whirlwind navigation in six days, 17 hours and 31 minutes in 2015. 






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Thomas Cannon designed an algorithm that would help determine the fastest drivable route between all 48 continental states. Justin Morris/Provided




Though the world record crown does seem to now rest on the heads of the Lowcountry’s own Cannon and Morris, there isn’t yet any official recognition. 

That’s because Guinness World Records, the annual reference book that prints world record achievements, wasn’t along for the ride. They stopped recognizing “driving around the world at speed” in the mid-’90s due to safety concerns. 

“High-speed circumnavigations by car were a common feature of earlier editions, but by 1996, we stopped accepted new claims, owing the danger of driving over national speed limits,” the company shared. “We still accept claims for round-the-world driving records but only in relation to fuel economy, not speed.”






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In Anchorage, Alaska, on the Seward Highway. Justin Morris/Provided




For Cannon and Morris, that didn’t matter.

They were determined to go on the adventure anyway, sponsored by Cannon’s employer eSite Analytics. The company provided Cannon with the resources necessary to design the optimal route algorithm, one that started in Seattle and ended in White River Junction, Vt. 

They also purchased a larger van for the occasion and paid for gas mileage and food along the route. 

Unfortunately, that much roomier vehicle broke down just as the journey was about to unfold, prompting the Charleston duo to rent a minivan instead. The unexpected trade switched out comfort for speed. 

Morris said you could stand up in the expected ride.

“We were going to build a bathroom in the back,” he said. “There were plenty of places to sleep.”

With the minivan, “Well, we lost a lot of space but but it probably handled the road a lot better and could go a lot faster.” 

Once they left Seattle, Morris and Cannon were in the car for four days straight. Their longest interludes were maybe 10 or 15 minutes while they stopped for gas and stretched their legs, Morris said. 

They spent the most time in a state (other than their kickoff in Hawaii) traveling 10 hours from Nevada’s northernmost spot, where they crossed in from Idaho, to its southern tip bordering California and Arizona. Their briefest visit to a state was a minute in Texas, just stepping over the Department of the Interior’s official marker en route from New Mexico to Oklahoma. 






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Justin Morris. Provided


“How does the van smell?” social media followers queried, the most-asked question the duo received along the way.  

“On the last day, we were running purely off adrenaline,” Morris said.  

For the driving portion of the journey, Cannon and Morris added two members to the team: Cannon’s father-in-law Bill McSteen — who only made it to Minneapolis on the third day before he was summoned back to work — and his friend Jim Froelich. 

Froelich and McSteen used to be old car racing buddies. 

“They’d do these endurance races, where they’d be up six, 12, 24 hours at a time,” Cannon said. “So this was right up their alley.” 

The passengers traded off on 24-hour driving shifts and stayed heavily caffeinated. 






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Thomas Cannon. Provided


“We ate a lot of beef jerky and drank a lot of coffee,” Cannon said. 

For entertainment, they mostly talked, he said, though there were a few podcasts and songs on the radio. 

When asked what their favorite state was along the route, they didn’t quite have an answer, since they only visited each for such a short period and mostly just from the car. 

The surfers admitted they were pretty stoked on their three nights in Oahu, Hawaii, before the world record race kicked off. There, they rented surfboards and soaked up some island-time relaxation before the impending time trial. 

Morris and Cannon are in the process of submitting their world record documentation to companies that might be able to sign off on the feat. Morris said he also has plans to package his photographs and video footage into some form of a documentary. 

But first — as Morris noted by phone with The Post and Courier a day after the adventure was over — sleep. 





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COVID-19 halts Charleston Southern-USC Upstate game minutes before tip-off | Sports


Just minutes before the scheduled Big South Conference men’s basketball tip-off between Charleston Southern and USC Upstate, Tuesday night’s game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within the visiting Spartans team.

The teams had completed preliminary warmups and were just about to re-enter the floor for final preparations when the results were announced. Both teams took scheduled tests on Sunday. CSU received its results on Monday night, while USC Upstate’s results were not known until just before the game.

“It’s unfortunate, but this is the times we live in,” CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “We went through this earlier in the year (December), so it’s just something we all have to deal with. We are praying for the individual who tested positive and we’re praying for their entire program.”

The teams were scheduled to play Wednesday night, but that game also has been postponed. Radebaugh said the Big South Conference has an open week at the end of the regular season when games can be played, if necessary.

CSU (1-11, 0-8 Big South) will travel to Campbell for games on Sunday and Monday. USC Upstate (3-11, 3-5) will undergo a mandatory pause for 10-14 days.

“We will make the most of these extra days of practice as best we can and try to get ready to play Campbell this weekend,” Radebaugh said.





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Positive COVID-19 test cancels series between Charleston Southern and USC Upstate | Sports


Just minutes before the scheduled Big South Conference men’s basketball tip-off between Charleston Southern and USC Upstate, Tuesday night’s game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result at the Tier 1 level within the visiting Spartans team.

Teams had completed preliminary warmups and were just about to re-enter the floor for final preparations when the results were announced. Both teams took scheduled tests on Sunday. CSU received their results on Monday night, while USC Upstate’s results were not known until just before tip-off.

Tier 1 level includes coaches, players and other members of essential travel parties, to include athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches.

“It’s unfortunate, but this is the times we live in,” CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh said. “We went through this earlier in the year (December), so it’s just something we all have to deal with. We are praying for the individual who tested positive and we’re praying for their entire program.”

Wednesday night’s game also is postponed. Radebaugh says the Big South Conference has an open week at the end of the regular season when games can be played, if necessary.

CSU (1-11, 0-8 Big South) will travel to Campbell for games on Sunday and Monday. USC Upstate (3-11, 3-5) will undergo a mandatory pause for 10-14 days.

“We will make the most of these extra days of practice as best we can and try to get ready to play Campbell this weekend,” Radebaugh said.





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