Cleveland State Opens 2019 With Four-Game Trip

Cleveland State Opens 2019 With Four-Game Trip

GAME #16
Cleveland State (5-10, 0-2) at Milwaukee (5-9, 0-1)

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 | 8:00 p.m. ET
Milwaukee, Wis. | UWM Panther Arena
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GAME #17
Cleveland State (5-10, 0-2) at Green Bay (7-7, 1-0)

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Green Bay, Wis. | Resch Center
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Cleveland State at Milwaukee/Green Bay

• Cleveland State opens Horizon League road action by traveling to  Milwaukee and Green Bay Thursday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 5.
• The Vikings opened Horizon League play with a pair of 12-point setbacks to Oakland (77-89) and Detroit Mercy (61-73).
• Milwaukee dropped its HL opener last weekend to Green Bay, which snapped a three-game winning streak by the Panthers.
• Green Bay is 7-7 overall after topping Milwaukee to open HL play. That win snapped a four-game losing streak vs. DI foes by GB.
• Both games will be broadcast live on AM 1420 with Al Pawlowski calling the action.
• The Milwaukee game will be streamed on ESPN+ with the Green Bay game airing on ESPN3 while both games will be on the ESPN app.

• This will be the 51st all-time meeting between these teams.
• Milwaukee swept the regular-season series last season and has won six of the past seven meetings.
• CSU has not won at Milwaukee since the 2013-14 season and has just seven wins on the road in the all-time series.

• This will be the 78th all-time meeting between these teams.
• The Phoenix have won six of the past seven after the teams split their two meetings last year, each team winning at home.
• Kenny Carpenter hit a pair of shots in the final two minutes to break a 76-76 tie and help CSU hold on for an 80-79 win when the teams met in early January last year. 

GAME 15: UDM 73, CSU 61 (12/30/18):
• Detroit Mercy used a strong start to the second half to build a cushion to withstand a late CSU push and move to 2-0 in the HL.
• CSU trailed by 18 points with eight minutes to play but managed to cut its deficit to six points in the final 90 seconds.
• The teams' shooting numbers from the floor were similar, but the Titans made 16-of-17 at the line and tallied seven more steals.
• Four Vikings finished in double figures, led by Jaalam Hill's 13.
Seth Millner had a team-high seven boards. 

• Toledo is shooting 47.4% from the field in all other games, but the Vikings held the Rockets to a 38.7% mark from the floor. 
• At the time, it marked the lowest field goal percentage by a CSU opponent in the Vikings' last 35 regular-season games vs. DI foes.

• CSU then bettered that effort in its next game, holding Bowling Green to 32.9% shooting from the floor.
• The Vikings held Bowling Green to 64 points and 23 field goals.

• In its final non-conference game, the Vikings held Niagara to 60 points, a season low for the Purple Eagles.
• CSU held NU to 32.4% shooting and 22 field goals, both lows for CSU opponents this season.
• The Vikings also held Niagara to 18.5% shooting from distance, the lowest figure by a CSU foe since the 2016-17 regular-season finale.

• CSU held five of its seven opponents in December to under 41% shooting from the field and held four of seven below 39%.

Tyree Appleby has reached double figures in scoring in nine straight games entering the weekend, a career long streak.
• Appleby had 15+ points in seven of the final nine games in 2018 and has nine such efforts on the season entering 2019.
• Appleby had a career-high 37 points Dec. 5 vs. Bowling Green.
• Appleby combined for 31 points on the opening weekend of Horizon League play.

Tyree Appleby had a career-high 10 assists Dec. 9 to notch his first double-double as a collegian as he finished with 12 points.
• He has at least six assists in eight of the past 13 games.
• Appleby is averaging 5.2 assists, second in the Horizon League, after averaging 4.0 over the course of his freshman season.
• His career-long streak of 13 straight games with a steal was broken Dec. 30 vs. Detroit Mercy.

Rashad Williams had a breakout performance Dec. 16 at Illinois State, scoring a season-high 25 points.
• He was 8-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-11 from three, with his seven made three-pointers breaking the CSU freshman record.
• Williams had 20 points on the opening weekend of HL play.
• He hit double figures in four of his final five games of 2018

• Oakland became just the second opponent this season to commit fewer fouls than Cleveland State as the Golden Grizzlies were only called for 12 infractions.
• A player on the opposing team has fouled out in five games while a Viking has yet to foul out in 2018-19.

• Cleveland State set a single-game school record with 15 made three-pointers Dec. 5 vs. Bowling Green.
• The Vikings had tied the previous record of 14 in four games last season but surpassed that standard against the Falcons.
• The large magnitude of three's did not come at the expense of efficiency as CSU shot 50% from distance in the game (15-for-30).
• Six Vikings contributed to the record with Tyree Appleby's seven treys and Stefan Kenic's four triples leading the way.
• CSU followed up the record-breaking effort with 13 threes and hit 10+ threes in five of the final eight games in 2018.

• Junior college transfer Jaalam Hill is shooting 55.6% from the floor (60-for-108).
• Hill had 13 points in each of the first two HL games and just missed a double-double against Oakland by adding nine rebounds.
• Hill tied his season high of 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting at DePaul, including hitting a pair of threes, when he made his first start of the season (11/28).
• Hill had a team season-high 12 rebounds Dec. 16 at Illinois State, two games after he collected 11 boards vs. Bowling Green (12/5).
• He is averaging 7.7 rebounds over his past nine games and 8.3 over the past seven.
• Hill is averaging 9.1 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds for the season.
• Hill has eight double-figuring scoring games this season.

Kasheem Thomas has shown improvement in a number of areas in his third season.
• Thomas entered the season shooting 28% from three in his career but shot 47.5% from distance over the first 15 games of this season.
• He tied his career high of six made field goals Dec. 19 vs. Niagara.
• He tied his career high of three triples Dec. 9 vs. Notre Dame (Ohio).
• Thomas is also averaging career bests in rebounds (3.6) & assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).
• Thomas hit double figures in scoring in four of the final eight games of 2018, including a 10-point, five-rebound, five-assist effort vs. Detroit Mercy (12/30).

• Cleveland State held Toledo to an 8-for-34 mark on three-pointers in its Dec. 1 game.
• The Rockets' 23.5% mark from deep is their lowest in their past 41 regular-season games.
• That effort against the Rockets was part of a stretch that saw CSU hold its final seven non-conference opponents below 30% shooting from three-point range.
• CSU's first six non-conference opponents shot a combined 34% from beyond the arc while the last seven combined to shoot 24% from distance.
• Oakland broke CSU's stretch of holding foes below 30% from deep, but the Vikings rebounded by holding Detroit Mercy to 28% from distance.
• CSU has hit 10+ threes eight times this season while its opponents have done it twice.
• CSU is among the top 30 in DI in three-point field goal percentage defense (.292).

• Cleveland State took 319 free throws through 15 games, a mark that ranks among the top 40 in Division I.
Tyree Appleby leads the team with 80 attempts, having taken 25.1% of CSU's attempts.

• In their first 30 games under head coach Dennis Felton, the Vikings allowed their opponent to shoot 45% or higher on 17 occasions, including 50% or higher on 12 occasions.
• In the last 20 games dating back to last season, CSU has held 14 opponents under 45% from the field and 16 of 20 foes under 50% from the floor.
• CSU's opponents have shot a combined 41.9% in this stretch (539-for-1,285).

• After scoring a combined six points in the first two games, Stefan Kenic stepped up his scoring output.
• Kenic scored 10+ in 11 of the final 13 games of 2018.
• Kenic made a career-high four three's twice in the month of December, scoring 15 points vs. BG (12/5) and 18 vs. NDC (12/9).
• He tied his career high with 19 points against SCSU (11/16).
• He added 15 points and six rebounds vs. Samford, including making a career-high eight free throws (11/18).
• Kenic had a team-high 13 points at Ohio State (11/23) and then had 11 points & a career-high tying eight rebounds at DePaul (11/28).
• Kenic has taken 124 field goal attempts in the last 12 games after having only 11 in the opening three games.

• CSU enters the 2019 calendar year with a school record streak of 647 straight games with a three-pointer.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three's in 196 straight 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 set a single-season school record for three-pointers made (294) and threes attempted (863) in 2017-18, breaking the old records of 247 makes and 709 attempts.
• CSU tied the previous single-game school record of 14 three pointers made in four different games last year.

• CSU is on pace to finish the regular season with 300 three's, which would break last season's school record.
• CSU is among the top 15 in Division I with its 145 made three-pointers this season.

• The non-conference teams CSU lost to were a combined 80-29 as of Jan. 1.
• Two CSU opponents had just one loss and another opponent had only two losses entering the New Year.
• Five of CSU's non-conference opponents are ranked among the top 105 in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET).

• CSU did not get more than 70% of potential defensive rebounds in any of its first four games, twice falling short of the 60% mark.
• The Vikings have grabbed at least 75% of potential defensive rebounds in seven of the past 11 games.
• CSU got a season-high 82.4% of potential defensive rebounds Dec. 16 at Illinois State, holding ISU to just six offensive boards.

• CSU's bench has outscored its opponents in 12 of 15 games.
• CSU has a 365-241 advantage in bench points on the year, an average of 8.3 points better per game.
Rashad Williams leads the team with 136 bench points while Jaalam Hill has 71.
• CSU's bench outscored its foes in just 14 of 35 games last season.

• Through the first six games of the season, no Viking had played more than 30 minutes in a game and no player had reached 30 minutes more than once.
Tyree Appleby played over 30 minutes in six of the final nine games of 2018, hitting 35 minutes three times, including a career-high 38 at Illinois State.
Stefan Kenic played 30+ minutes in four of the final seven non-conference games, playing a career-high 37 at Illinois State.
• Five Vikings played 28+ minutes vs. Detroit Mercy, marking the first regulation game this season that five players all played 28+ minutes in a game.
• Six Vikings played 25+ minutes in the overtime loss at Illinois State Dec. 16.

• CSU is 5-0 this season when leading at the half.
• CSU is 5-0 when holding their opponent under 70 points.

• CSU concludes this season-long four-game road trip by visiting IUPUI and UIC Thursday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 12.