Jan. 22, 2013
Contact: Greg Murphy
Loyola (11-7, 1-4 HL) at Cleveland State (10-10, 2-4 HL)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
7:00 p.m. EST
Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None Live; Live Video Stream Available on Horizon League Network & CSUVikings.com
Series: Loyola leads, 22-19
Last Mt'g: CSU 65, @LU 47 (2/3/12)
Tickets: CSU season, mini-plan, groups and single game tickets are available by calling the Wolstein Center Ticket Office at (216) 687-4848.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Cleveland State returns home for the first time in almost two weeks when the Vikings host Loyola on Wednesday (Jan. 23) at 7:00 p.m.
The Vikings are in the midst of playing five of seven games away from home (Jan. 9 - Feb. 2).
CSU is 10-10 overall and 2-4 in the Horizon League after dropping games at Milwaukee and Green Bay last weekend.
Loyola is 11-7 overall and 1-4 in the league. The Ramblers opened league play with a win at Valparaiso, but has lost four straight.
The Ramblers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 66-63 overtime win at Chicago State in a nonconference game on Sunday (Jan. 20).
Loyola leads the all-time series with CSU, 22-19.
The Vikings have won nine straight in the series and 10 of the last 11. CSU is 12-9 against Loyola in Cleveland.
CSU's game against Valparaiso on Feb. 9 at the Wolstein Center has been selected as an ESPN wild card game.
The game will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. and be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Detroit at Green Bay game will be the Horizon League Game of the Week.
FORBES NAMED NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK:
Bryn Forbes was tabbed the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 14 for his performance in CSU's three games last week.
Averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 boards in three games.
Had 14 points in win over UIC and led CSU with 15 at Wright State.
Set career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (8) in win over Detroit, tying CSU freshman single-game record with five three-pointers.
Second award for Forbes this season after earning honor on Nov. 28.
MORE INFO ON FORBES:
Leads CSU and is 17th in league in scoring (11.3).
Has scored in double figures in 11 straight games and 13 of the last 14.
Inserted into starting lineup against Jan. 7 against UIC.
Averaging 15.0 points per game in league games, sixth in the league.
His five three-pointers against Detroit were tied for the most in a game by a CSU freshman (done 12 times).
Career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (8) versus Detroit (Jan. 12).
Is seventh in the league in three-pointers (1.8).
CSU is one of the youngest teams in the nation this year.
The 12 man roster - one senior, three juniors, four sophomores and four freshman - combine for just 11 years of college basketball experience.
Cal State Northridge and Dartmouth also have rosters that combine for just 11 years of collegiate experience.
FIRST HALF OUTBURST:
The Vikings tied a season-high with 43 first half points against Detroit on Jan. 12.
CSU scored 43 first half points vs. Grambling (Nov. 9).
CSU is averaging 28.1 points in the first half this year.
KAMCZYC KEEPS PLAYING:
Wednesday's game will be the 123rd in the career of Tim Kamczyc, eighth on CSU's all-time list.
He has yet to miss a game in his career with his 123 straight games the sixth longest streak in school history.
Made 93 straight starts, third longest in CSU history.
J'Nathan Bullock and Norris Cole hold the CSU record with 106 consecutive starts.
If Kamczyc plays in every game this season, he would become the 12th player in program history to play every game during a four-year career.
The lone senior on this year's 13 man roster. He is in his fifth year after redshirting in 2008-09.
Has scored 825 career points, needing 175 to become 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Has already earned his undergraduate degree and is scheduled to receive his MBA in the spring.
Marlin Mason had an all-around game on Thursday at Milwaukee, finishing with 7 points, a career-high 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 2 steals.
In the process, Mason became the 12th player in CSU history with at least 20 blocks, 20 assists and 20 steals in a season.
Now has 23 blocks, 21 assists and 26 steals this season.
Is the second sophomore to accomplish the feat (Jamal Jackson, 1994-95).
Anton Grady was the first freshman to record the numbers last year with 45 blocks, 33 assists and 29 steals.
LEE GETS THE POINT:
After serving as the backup point guard last year, Charlie Lee has taken over the starting job this year.
Is 20th in league in scoring (10.8) and leads the circuit in assists (5.1).
Has 12 games with at least five assists, seven of which have been CSU wins.
Career-high 10 assists vs. Bowling Green (Nov. 12).
Is just the seventh player in school history to have at least 70 assists as both a freshman (74) and sophomore (101) and has 175 through his first two seasons.
Only four players in CSU history have reached 200 assists through their sophomore season (Shawn Hood, 240; Ron Harris, 233; Craig Caldwell, 204; Franklin Edwards; 200).
FROM THE FIELD:
CSU shot .519 (28-54) from the field in the Jan. 12 win over Detroit.
It was the sixth time that CSU shot better than 50-percent from the floor in a game this year with the Vikings going 6-0 in those games.
CSU is 2-6 when its opponent shoots better than 50-percent from the field.
Head coach Gary Waters earned his 300th career win in the Dec. 19 victory over Notre Dame College.
Waters, who is third all-time at CSU with 132 wins, won 92 games at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
Is in his 7th season at CSU, making him the third longest tenured coach in CSU history behind Ray Dierenger (1969-83) & Homer Woodling (1929-41, 1952-53).
His 224 games coached at CSU are second most in program history by a head coach (Ray Dieringer; 360 games).
CSU is shooting .684 (245-358) at the line this year.
CSU has shot better than 70-percent at the free throw line in each of head coach Gary Waters' first six seasons.
Prior to Waters arriving at CSU (2006-07), CSU shot better than 70-percent from the free throw line just two times since the 1965-66 season (1979-80 & 1986-87).
The Vikings have committed less than 10 turnovers in just one game this year, making a season-low nine against Old Dominion (Nov. 17).
CSU has tallied 15 turnovers or more in 10 games.
The Vikings are 2-6 when making more turnovers than their opponent.
Last season, CSU had 21 games with less than 15 turnovers, including three games of single-digit miscues.
AT THE HALF:
The Vikings have trailed at halftime in 14 of their 20 games this year and have been tied in one other contest. All of CSU's halftime leads have been at home.
The Vikings are 6-0 when leading or being tied at halftime.
CSU is 4-10 when trailing at halftime.
The 79-73 overtime win over Bowling Green on Nov. 12 snapped CSU's streak of not playing an OT game at 170.
Prior to that game, CSU had not played an OT contest since a 69-66 win over Florida State on Nov. 17, 2007.
CSU's streak of not playing an overtime game in the Horizon League reached 102 straight on Saturday at Green Bay.
The last OT game in league play was a 57-56 loss at Milwaukee (1/29/07).
CSU has used seven different starting lineups this year.
Nine different players have started at least two games.
Charlie Lee and Tim Kamczyc are the only two players to start every game.
CSU has used the same starting five for the last five games (Lee, Forbes, Douglas, Kamczyc, Long).
It's the first time CSU has had the same starters in five straight games since the opening five games of the season (Lee, Douglas, Mason, Kamczyc, Grady).
Two seasons ago (2010-11), CSU was one of just three Division I teams to use the same starting five in every game.
CSU has hit at least one three-pointer in 454 straight games.
The last game CSU failed to hit a three-pointer was vs. Detroit on Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings went 0-for -8.
CSU hit 12 three-pointers vs. Toledo (Dec. 1), tied for the second most in a game in CSU history (14 vs. Milwaukee on 12/4/10 and 14 at Michigan St. on 12/16/05).
SUCCESSFUL MID-MAJOR PROGRAM:
The Vikings have been one of the top mid-major programs in the nation since the beginning of the 2007-08 season.
Entering this season, the Vikings had won 112 games since 2007-08, tied with Vermont for the 14th most among all mid-major programs in the country.
CSU won 21 games in 2007-08, 26 the following season, 16 in 2009-10, 27 in 2010-11 and 22 last year.
Only 30 Division I mid-major programs entered this season with at least 100 wins over the last five seasons; Butler (139), Saint Mary's (133), VCU (132), Gonzaga (131), Murray State (122), Belmont (121), Old Dominion and Creighton (119), Robert Morris and Kent State (117), Akron (116), Davidson (115) and George Mason (113) ranked ahead of CSU.
Anton Grady, who has missed the last 13 games,, is slated to be out at least six to eight weeks after injuring his knee at Robert Morris (Nov. 20).
Prior to the season, Grady was tabbed as a player with "Breakout Potential" by several national publications this preseason.
Among those who mentioned Grady were Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com (ranked 11th of 30 players poised to breakout this year), Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk and Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated who had Grady as one of six sophomores ready to breakout.
Grady did not disappoint early in the season, averaging 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds He also had 13 steals and eight blocked shots.
His 53 career blocked shots are the 12th most in CSU history, five shy of moving into the top-10 on the list.
LONG TIME ASSISTANTS:
Gary Waters has had the same staff in place for seven years with associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jermaine Kimbrough.
The group is the longest tenured staff in the country.
CSU heads to Youngstown State on Saturday (Jan. 26) for a 2:00 p.m. contest in the Horizon League Network Game of the Week.
Game can be seen locally on SportsTime Ohio.