Vikings Play at Rutgers on Tuesday to Open Showcase on the Banks Classic

Vikings Play at Rutgers on Tuesday to Open Showcase on the Banks Classic

GAME #2
Cleveland State (0-1) at Rutgers (2-0)
Showcase on the Banks Classic

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm ET
  Piscataway, N.J. | Rutgers Athletic Center
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TV: Big 10 Network
Listen: AM 1420

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Cleveland State at Rutgers

GAME PREVIEW: 
• Cleveland State begins play in the Showcase on the Banks Classic with a 7:00 pm game at Rutgers on Tuesday (Nov. 14) in the Rutgers Athletic Center.
• The Vikings are 0-1 this year, dropping a 67-57 contest at Akron in the season opener on Saturday night.
• Rutgers is 2-0 this year and is coming off a 71-67 victory over Central Connecticut on Sunday afternoon.
• Tuesday's game will be broadcast on AM 1420 and AM 1440 with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.
• The game will be broadcast live on the B1G Network with Jason Horowitz and Bob Wentzel on the call.
 
THE RUTGERS SERIES: 
• Tuesday will be the second all-time meeting between the schools.
• Rutgers won the only other match-up, 78-69, in New Jersey on Jan. 15, 1980.
 
GAME 1: AKRON 67, CSU 57 (11/11/17): 
• CSU dropped the season opener, 67-57, at Akron on Saturday night in the NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Kenny Carpenter recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Tyree Appleby scored a team-high 13 points, while Derek Sloan added eight points and four rebounds.
• CSU held the Zips to .313 (20-64) shooting from the field, but Akron held a 46-38 edge on the boards.
• The Zips hit 19-of-23 at the free throw line, while CSU struggled from the charity stripe, going 10-of-26.
 
CARPENTER DOUBLES UP: 
Kenny Carpenter recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the season opener at Akron (Nov. 11).
• Carpenter also added a team-best four assists and a steal.
• His previous career high in rebounds was seven which he did multiple times.
 
FRESHMEN SOLID IN DEBUTS: 
• A pair of CSU freshmen - Tyree Appleby and Stefan Kenic - both had solid debuts on Saturday night at Akron.
• Both players were signed in the late signing period in April by head coach Dennis Felton and his staff.
• Appleby scored a team-best 13 points, adding three rebounds and two steals.
• Kenic finished with nine points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He hit a pair of three-pointers.
 
FELTON BEGINS TENURE AT CSU: 
• Head coach Dennis Felton made his CSU regular season debut on Saturday night at Akron.
• Felton was named the 15th head coach in program history on March 24, 2017.
• Felton is a coaching veteran with more than 30 years of experience, including 10 full seasons as a head coach.
• During his time on the sidelines Felton has amassed 184 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.
 
WORD UP: 
• Senior Bobby Word is the top returning scorer from last season. He averaged 11.1 points per game.
• Word also ranked seventh in the Horizon League with 2.1 three-pointers per game.
• He made at least four three's in nine games last season.
 
KASH IS MONEY: 
Kasheem Thomas has started all 32 games in his CSU career.
• He started all 31 games as a freshman last year, the most starts for a first year player in program history and drew a starting assignment in Saturday's season opener at Akron. 
• Thomas averged 7.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists (9th in HL) last year, ranking third in the Horizon League in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) with 102 assists and 49 turnovers.
• He had seven games with at least six assists.
 
FOR THREE:
• CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 598 consecutive games.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three's in 147 straight contests, extending the streak with three trifectas at Akron on Saturday..
• 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.
 
RASHAD WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH CSU:
• Rashad Williams, a native of Detroit, Mich., signed a National Letter of Intent to attend CSU beginning in the fall of 2018.
• The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 24.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists at Wayne Memorial HS last year.
• He was the first player from Wayne Memorial to earn Associated Press first team all-state honors in 20 years, leading team to the district finals.
• Williams led the team to its first KLAA championship, knocking down 78 three-pointers last year as the squad went 19-4..
 
UP NEXT: 
• CSU continues play in the Showcase on the Banks Classic, hosting Coppin State in the home opener on Friday (Nov. 17) at 7:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.
• 216 Hoopy Hour will begin 90 minutes before the game and feature $2 Crispy Chicken Tenders with BBQ Sauce, $1 drafts and $6 game tickets.
• The first 216 fans to Hoopy Hour will receive a Viking Helmet, Courtesy of Pepsi.
• Call or tesx 216-687-4848 for tickets.