Vikings Return Home to Host Northern Kentucky on Thursday Night

Vikings Return Home to Host Northern Kentucky on Thursday Night

GAME #27
Northern Kentucky (17-8, 8-5 HL) at Cleveland State (8-18, 4-10 HL)
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 7:45 pm ET
  Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center
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Northern Kentucky at Cleveland State

    •     Cleveland State returns home to host Northern Kentucky on Thursday (Feb. 16) night at 7:45 pm in the Wolstein Center.
    •    It will be a doubleheader with the CSU women hosting League leading Wright State at 5:30 pm.
    •    The CSU men are 8-18 overall and 4-10 in the Horizon League after a 66-63 win at UIC on Saturday night.
    •    NKU is 17-9 overall (8-5 HL) and have won five of its last six games, including a 69-63 win over Milwaukee on Saturday.
    •    Thursday's game will be broadcast on Spectrum Sports and ESPN3 with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play and Pat Vuyancih serving as the analyst.
    •    Ed Daugherty will provide the call on AM 1420, WHK.

    •    Thursday's game will be the fourth all-time meeting between CSU and NKU.
    •    CSU won the first two meetings last year in NKU's first year in the Horizon League.
    •     The Norse won the first match-up this year, 83-75, on Jan. 7 in Kentucky.

GAME 26 REVIEW: CSU 66, @UIC 63 (2/11/17):
    • The Vikings used an 8-2 run to close the game and held UIC without a field goal over the final six minutes to claim the win.
    •    Bobby Word led the Vikings with 13 points, while Rob Edwards scored 12 and Demonte Flannigan had 11 points.
    •    Kenny Carpenter scored seven points with five rebounds and Jibri Blount posted eight points, three rebounds and two steals.

    •    CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school-record 592 consecutive games.
    •     The last time CSU failed to make a three-pointer was Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings were 0-for-8 in a 60-57 win over Detroit.
    •    The Vikings have hit at least three three-pointers in 141 straight games, dating to Jan. 4, 2013, when CSU was 1-of-18 from three-point at Valparaiso.

    •    Saturday's game at UIC was the 361st career game at CSU for head coach Gary Waters, the most for a men's basketball coach in program history.
    •    Waters tied Ray Dieringer's mark with his 360th career game at CSU on Thursday night at Valparaiso.
    •    Waters is tops in school history with 193 career wins and ranks second in CSU history in winning percentage (.536).
    •    Waters is 364-303 in his 21 years as a head coach, including 193-168 in 11 years at CSU.
    •    He has won 98 Horizon League games during his career.
    •    He has led 12 of his teams to the post-season in his 20 seasons as a head coach, including three trips to the NCAA's.

    •     Rob Edwards was named to the preseason All-Horizon League second team.
    •    He ranks sixth in the Horizon League in scoring (15.8), second in steals (1.4) and 11th in three-pointers (1.9).
    •    Edwards has 12 career 20-point games, including eight times this year.
    •     He scored a career-high 32 points in the win at Oakland (Jan. 16), bettering his old career-high of 28 points at No. 1 ranked Kentucky (Nov. 28) when he set career-highs in field goals made (12) and attempted (21).
    •    Edwards had a career-best seven steals at Milwaukee (Jan. 20), the second most by a Horizon League player in a game this year.
    •    The seven steals were the most by a CSU player since Craig Caldwell made eight at Wright State (2/19/95).
    •    Edwards has amassed 809 career points.
    •    Last year, he averaged 12.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals, earning a spot on the Horizon League All-Freshman team.
    •    He started 30 games last year, the most for a freshman in CSU history, and also logged a CSU freshman record 994 minutes.

    •    Kasheem Thomas dished out a career-high 10 assists at Youngstown State on Jan. 28.
    •    Thomas became the first CSU player with double-digit assists in a game since Charlie Lee had 10 helpers vs. UIC (2/2/2013).
    •    Thomas ranks eighth in the Horizon League with 3.3 assists per game and is second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).
    •    He has recorded at least six assists in six games this year, including nine in his first collegiate game vs. Kent State (Nov. 11).
    •    Thomas has started all 26 games this year and became the first CSU freshman to start a season opener since 2003-04 (Walt Waters).
    •    His 26 starts are tied for the fifth most by a freshman in program history.
    •    He is averaging 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

    •     Bobby Word is sixth in the Horizon League with 2.3 three-pointers per game. His 59 total three's are also fifth most in the League.
    •    He has nine games this year with at least four three-pointers.
    •    Word hit four three-pointers in four straight games from Jan. 20-Feb. 2.
    •    Word scored a career-high 25 points vs. Western Michigan (Dec. 7), hitting 9-of-12 from the field (5-8 3FG).
    •    Word ranks 25th in the League in scoring (11.1) in his first season at CSU after sitting out last year when he transferred from Oral Roberts.

    •    Anthony Wright just missed his first career double-double on Jan. 28 at YSU, finishing with 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.
    •    He followed that up with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals vs. Detroit Mercy (Feb. 2), hitting 5-of-6 from the field.
    •    Wright scored a career-high 14 points with seven rebounds at Belmont (Dec. 22).    

    •     Since missing the first four games due to a medical issue, Demonte Flannigan has come back to provide a strong post presence.
    •    Flannigan is averaging 11.1  points, 24th best in the League and a team-high 5.6 rebounds per game (11th in HL), while shooting .480 from the field (13th in HL).
    •    He has six career 20-point games and six career double-doubles, including 17-point, 10 rebound effort at Wright State (Jan. 5) this year.
    •    He grabbed a CSU season-high 13 rebounds in the Dec. 29 setback to Green Bay, his sixth career double-digit rebound game.

    •    CSU's 90-73 win over Detroit Mercy (Feb. 2) was the first time the Vikings scored 90 points since a 92-85 win at Oakland (2/2/14).
    •    The Vikings used a 57 point second half vs. the Titans to hit the 90 point mark.
    •    CSU shot 19-of-31 (.613) from the field in the second half and hit eight straight shots at one point to key a 19-0 run, which was part of a 29-2 spurt.

    •    Derek Sloan set career highs in points (10) and rebounds (7) vs. Canisius (Nov. 15). He ranks 13th in the Horizon League with 0.6 blocks per game.
    •    Gavin Peppers has not played this season after injuring his foot the day before CSU's exhibition game (Nov. 6).
    •    Anthony Wright tallied a career high 14 points with seven rebounds at Belmont (12/23), hitting 5-of-7 from field and both three-point attempts.
    •    Jibri Blount tied his career-high with 11 rebounds vs. UT-Martin (Nov. 18).
    •    Blount is the son of former Pittsburgh Steeler great and NFL Hall of Famer, Mel Blount.
    •    Kasheem Thomas tied his career-high with 16 points at Oakland (Jan. 16), a total he also had at Duquesne (Nov. 27).
    •    Nelson Maxwell tied his career-high with eight points (3-6 FG), adding three rebounds, one steal and one assist vs. Valparaiso (1/14).
    •    Evan Clayborne is shooting 14-of-22 (.636) from the floor this year.
    •    Jamarcus Hairston scored 13 points (3-6 3FG) vs. Kent State (Nov. 12) in his CSU debut, hitting a three-pointer with 2.6 seconds left to send game into overtime.
    •    CSU's game at Kentucky on Nov. 23 marked the second time in program history that the Vikings played the No. 1 team in the country (Cincinnati, 1999).

    •    CSU remains home to host Wright State on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 3:30 pm in the Wolstein Center. The game will be broadcast live on Spectrum Sports, ESPN3 and AM 1420, WHK.
    •    It is also a doubleheader with the CSU women hosting Northern Kentucky at 1:00 pm.