Vikings Open Horizon League Championship on Friday vs. Youngstown State

Vikings Open Horizon League Championship on Friday vs. Youngstown State

GAME #31

No. 9 Youngstown State (11-20) vs. No. 8 Cleveland State (9-21)
Friday, March 3, 2017 | 8:00 pm
  Detroit, Mich. | Joe Louis Arena
Live Stats | ESPN3 | AM 1420 WHK

Youngstown State vs. Cleveland State

    •     Eighth-seeded Cleveland State opens the 2017 Horizon League Championship with a first round game against ninth-seeded Youngstown State on Friday (March 3) at 8:00 pm at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.
    •    The Vikings are 9-21 this year and finished 5-13 in the League. YSU is 11-20 overall and also went 5-13 in the Horizon League.
    •    Friday's game will be broadcast live on AM 1420, WHK with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.
    •    The game will be broadcast live on the WatchESPN App/ESPN3 with Will Haskett and Dave Kaplan on the call.

    •    CSU leads the all-time series with YSU, 46-41, and has won 15 of the last 21 meetings between the two teams.
    •    The 87 games are the most CSU has played against a school in program history.
    •    YSU won the first meeting this year, 67-64, on Jan. 28 with CSU earning a 69-55 win in the Wolstein Center in Saturday's regular season finale.
    •    Friday's game will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the Horizon League tournament.

    •    CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school-record 596 straightgames.
    •     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 145 straight games, dating to Jan. 4, 2013, when CSU was 1-of-18 from three-point at Valparaiso.

    •    The Vikings are 9-14 all-time in the Horizon League tournament and 23-27 all-time in conference tournaments.
    •    CSU is 9-9 in the HL tournament under Gary Waters.
    •    CSU won the 2009 tournament title, winning four games, including a 57-54 win at Butler in the championship game.

    •    Rob Edwards was named to the All-Horizon League second team after being named to the preseason all-league second team.
    •    He ranks sixth in the Horizon League in scoring (16.1), second in steals (1.4) and ninth in three-pointers (2.0).
    •    Edwards has 13 career 20-point games, including nine 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).
    •    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.

    •    Rob Edwards has scored 484 points this year, the fifth most by a sophomore in CSU history.
    •    Ken McFadden (708 points), Clinton Ransey (535), Bryn Forbes (498) and Norris Cole (492) are ahead of Edwards on the list.
    •    Edwards has 882 career points, 38th most in program history.

    •    The Vikings tied a school record by hitting 14 three-pointers on Feb. 21 at Detroit Mercy, making 14-of-33.
    •    It was the fourth time in program history that CSU hit 14 three's in a game and the first since CSU made 14 at Oakland (2/6/14).
    •    The 33 three-point attempts also tied a school record set earlier this season at UT-Martin (Nov. 18).

    •     Demonte Flannigan posted his seventh career double-double and second of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds against Wright State on Feb. 18.
    •    Flannigan's first double-double of the year with a 17-point, 10-rebound effort at Wright State on Jan. 5.
    •    Since missing the first four games of the year due to a medical issue, Flannigan has come back to average 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.
    •    He ranks 23rd in the League in scoring and 15th in rebounding, while shooting .471 from the field (13th in HL).
    •    He has seven career 20-point games and 7 career double-doubles.
    •    He grabbed a CSU season-high 13 rebounds in the Dec. 29 setback to Green Bay.

    •    Daniel Levitt scored a career-high 18 points on Feb. 21 at Detroit Mercy, hitting 6-of-7 from three-point.
    •    Levitt did his damage in just 12 minutes off the bench.
    •    Levitt's six three's are tied for the fourth most in a game in program history.
    •    He became the first CSU player with at least six three's in a game since Charlie Lee made six at Oakland on Feb. 6, 2014.

    •    Bobby Word is seventh in the Horizon League with 2.1 three-pointers per game.
    •    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 24th in the League in scoring (11.2) in his first season at CSU after sitting out last year when he transferred from Oral Roberts.

    •    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 ninth in the Horizon League with 3.3 assists per game and is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).
    •    He has recorded at least six assists in seven games this year, including nine in his first collegiate game vs. Kent State (Nov. 11).
    •    Thomas has started all 30 games this year and became the first CSU freshman to start a season opener since 2003-04 (Walt Waters).
    •    His 30 starts are tied for the most by a freshman in program history, tied with Shawn Hood (1983-84) and Rob Edwards (2015-16).
    •    Thomas is averaging 7.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

    •    Terrell Hales grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in Saturday's (Feb. 25) win over Youngstown State.
    •    Hales grabbed six offensive rebounds, helping the Vikings to a season-high 19 offensive boards, which led to 19 second chance points.
    •    Hales became the third CSU player to record double-digit rebounds this year, joining Demonte Flannigan and Jibri Blount.

    •    The Vikings had four players on the floor for at least 40 minutes in a double overtime loss to Wright State (Feb. 18).
    •    Bobby Word played 49 minutes, the fifth most for a player in a game in program history, while Demonte Flannigan (44), Rob Edwards (41) and Kasheem Thomas (40) also played at least 40 minutes.
    •    It was a career-high in minutes played for all four players.
    •    It was the first time CSU had four players play at least 40 minutes since a Dec. 4, 2013, 85-82 double OT loss at Drexel.
    •    In that game, Trey Lewis played 53 minutes, while Bryn Forbes (46), Jon Harris (44) and Marlin Mason (41) all topped 40 minutes.

    •    Derek Sloan set career highs in points (10) and rebounds (7) vs. Canisius (Nov. 15). A former walk-on, he has started 22 games this year.
    •    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 (Dec. 23), hitting 5-of-7 from field and both three-point attempts. He missed his first career double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds at Youngstown State (Jan. 28).
    •    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.
    •    Head coach Gary Waters coached in his school record 361st career game at CSU on Feb. 11 at UIC, breaking Ray Dieringer's old record of 360 games coached.
    •    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).

    •    The winner of Saturday's game will play top-seeded Oakland in a second round game on Saturday (March 4) at 5:30 pm at Joe Louis Arena.