Jan. 25, 2013
Contact: Greg Murphy
Cleveland State (10-11, 2-5 HL) at Youngstown State (11-8, 3-3 HL)
Saturday, January 26, 2013
2:00 p.m. EST
Beeghly Center - Youngstown, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Al Pawlowski)
TV: SportsTime Ohio (Will Haskett & Dave Kaplan); Live Video Stream Available on Horizon League Network.
Series: CSU leads, 40-37
Last Mt'g: CSU 67, @YSU 47 (1/28/12)
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 heads back on the road for a 2:00 p.m. contest at Youngstown State on Saturday (Jan. 26) in the Beeghly Center.
It will mark the second straight Saturday that CSU will play in the Horizon League Game of the Week.
The contest can be seen live locally on SportsTime Ohio with Will Haskett and Dave Kaplan on the call.
The Vikings are in the midst of playing five of seven games away from home (Jan. 9 - Feb. 2).
CSU is 10-11 overall and 2-5 in the Horizon League, having dropped three straight, including a 67-55 setback at home to Loyola on Wednesday (Jan. 23).
Youngstown State is 11-8 overall and 3-3 in the league. YSU has won two straight and three of five, including a 68-61 win over Wright State on Wednesday.
CSU is 40-37 all-time against YSU and has won nine of the last 11 meetings.
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 SCORES CAREER HIGH:
Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 22 points in Wednesday's loss to Loyola.
Hit 7-of-13 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point, and all five free throws.
Bettered his old career-high of 21 points against Detroit (Jan. 12).
His 22 points tied a CSU high for a game this season. Charlie Lee also scored 22 points against Toledo (Dec. 1).
It was the most points in a game by a CSU freshman since Anton Grady scored 23 at Green Bay last season (2/21/12).
MORE ON FORBES:
Leads CSU and is 13th in league in scoring (11.8).
Has scored in double figures in 12 straight games and 14 of the last 15.
Inserted into starting lineup against Jan. 7 against UIC.
Averaging 16.0 points per game in league games, ranking fourth behind Valparaiso's Ryan Broekhoff (18.1), Detroit's Ray McCallum (17.1) and Paris Gulley (16.2) of Milwaukee.
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) vs. Detroit (Jan. 12).
Is seventh in the league in three-pointers (1.8).
Two-time Horizon League Newcomer of the Week (Nov. 28 and Jan. 14).
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:
Saturday's game will be the 124th in the career of Tim Kamczyc, sixth on CSU's all-time list.
Made 95 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 828 points and 431 rebounds in his career.
Already earned his undergraduate degree and is scheduled to receive his MBA in the spring.
Marlin Mason had an all-around game at Milwaukee (Jan. 17), 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, 23 assists and 27 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 (10.6) and leads the circuit in assists (5.0).
Has 12 games with at least five assists, seven of which have been CSU wins.
Career-high 10 assists vs. Bowling Green (Nov. 12).
Has dished out 40-percent of CSU's assists this year (105 of 266).
Is just the seventh player in school history to have at least 70 assists as both a freshman (74) and sophomore (105) and has 179 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 2-7 when its opponent shoots better than 50-percent from the field.
CSU is shooting .689 (252-366) 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 had just 10 turnovers on Wednesday (Jan. 23) against Loyola.
The Vikings have tallied 15 turnovers or more in 10 games.
CSU is 8-5 when having less turnovers or the same number as its opponent.
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 two contests. All of CSU's halftime leads have been at home.
The Vikings are 6-1 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 103 straight on Wednesday vs. Loyola.
The last OT game in league play was a 57-56 loss at Milwaukee (1/29/07).
CSU has hit at least one three-pointer in 455 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).
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 six games (Lee, Forbes, Douglas, Kamczyc, Long).
Two seasons ago (2010-11), CSU was one of just three Division I teams to use the same starting five in every game.
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 14 games, is slated to be out at least six to eight weeks and could miss the rest of the season 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.
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 225 games coached at CSU are second most in program history by a head coach (Ray Dieringer; 360 games).
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 travels to UIC for its lone game of the week on Saturday (Feb. 2). Tip-off time is 8:00 p.m. EST.