Vikings Host Youngstown State on Tuesday
Feb. 4, 2013
Contact: Greg Murphy
Youngstown State (13-9, 5-4 HL) at Cleveland State (11-12, 3-6 HL)
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1420 AM (Al Pawlowski)
TV: Time Warner Sports Channel (311 or 1311HD) (Dave Bacon and Pat Vuyancih)
Live Video Stream on Horizon League Network.
Series: CSU leads, 40-38
Last Mt'g: @YSU 73, CSU 59 (1/26/13)
Promo: Free t-shirts to first 2,000 fans
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 to the Wolstein Center to host Youngstown State on Tuesday (Feb. 5) at 7:00 p.m.
The game begins a stretch where CSU plays five of six at home.
This will be the second meeting in 11 days between CSU and YSU. The Penguins won this year's first meeting in Youngstowns, 73-59, on Jan. 26.
The Vikings are 11-12 overall this year and 3-6 in the Horizon League.
CSU snapped a four-game skid and won its first league road game on Saturday (Feb. 2) with a 77-66 win at UIC.
The Penguins are 13-9 overall and 5-4 in league play this year.
YSU had its four-game win streak snapped with an 88-77 setback at Detroit on Friday (Feb. 1).
CSU is 7-2 at home this year, while YSU is 6-5 on the road.
CSU leads the all-time series with YSU, 40-37, and have won 9 of the last 12.
CSU ON TIME WARNER:
Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Sports Channel.
It can be seen on Channel 311 or 1311 in high-definition.
CSU's game against Wright State on Feb. 20 has also been picked up by Time Warner Sports Channel.
With the addition of the two games, CSU will now have at least 10 games on local, regional or national TV this year, including five of the next six contests.
MASON SCORES CAREER HIGH:
Marlin Mason scored a career-high 22 points in Saturday's win at UIC.
He hit 8-of-12 from the field, including all three of his three-pointers.
Bettered his old career-high of 19 points vs. Notre Dame College (Dec. 19).
His 22 points are tied for the most by a CSU player in a game this year (Charlie Lee had 22 vs. Toledo and Bryn Forbes scored 22 against Loyola).
LEE DOUBLES UP:
Charlie Lee notched his second career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists on Saturday at UIC.
Had 14 points and 10 assists against Bowling Green earlier this year (Nov. 13).
The 10 assists are a career-high.
LEE GETS THE POINT:
After serving as the backup point guard last year, Charlie Lee has taken over the starting job this year.
Is 18th in league in scoring (10.7) and leads the circuit in assists (5.2).
Has 13 games with at least five assists, eight of which have been CSU wins.
Dished out 41% of CSU's assists this year (119 of 293).
Is just the seventh player in school history to have at least 70 assists as both a freshman (74) and sophomore (119) and has 193 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).
FORBES A FAB FROSH:
Freshman Bryn Forbes leads CSU and is 13th in league in scoring (12.0).
Attempting to become just the seventh freshman in school history to lead team in scoring and the first since J'Nathan Bullock averaged 11.3 points in 2005-06.
Scored double digits in 14 straight games and 16-of-17.
Career-high 22 points in the Jan. 23 loss to Loyola.
Had 21 points in win over Detroit (Jan. 12).
Inserted into starting lineup against Jan. 7 against UIC.
Averaging 15.7 points in HL games, fifth in league.
His five three-pointers against Detroit were tied for the most in a game by a CSU freshman (done 12 times).
Is seventh in the league in three-pointers (1.9).
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.
WHAT WAS LOST FROM LAST SEASON:
CSU lost four seniors from last season (D'Aundray Brown, Trey Harmon, Jeremy Montgomery and Aaron Pogue).
The group accounted for 4,257 points, 1,690 rebounds, 760 assists and 326 wins in their careers.
Last year, the quartet accounted for 56% of CSU's scoring, 39% of the rebounding and 55% of the assists.
When adding Anton Grady's numbers from last year to the mix, it increases to 73% of the points, 59% of the rebounds, 62% of assists and 65% of the minutes from last year being gone.
KAMCZYC KEEPS PLAYING:
Tuesday's game will be the 126th in the career of Tim Kamczyc, tying him for fourth on CSU's all-time list.
Made 97 straight starts, third longest in CSU history.
J'Nathan Bullock and Norris Cole hold the record with 106 straight 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 842 points and 437 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 seven points, a career-high 14 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals.
He became the 12th player in CSU history with at least 20 blocks, 20 assists and 20 steals in a season.
Now has 25 blocks, 24 assists and 27 steals this season.
Is the second sophomore to accomplish the feat (Jamal Jackson, 1994-95).
Only one player in school history (Sam Mitchell in 1993-94) has posted 30 blocks, 30 assists and 30 steals in a season. He had 40 blocks, 34 assists and 32 steals.
FROM THE FIELD:
CSU shot .509 (27-53) from the field in the Feb. 2 win at UIC.
It was the seventh time that CSU shot better than 50-percent from the floor in a game this year with the Vikings going 7-0 in those games.
CSU is 2-7 when its opponent shoots better than 50-percent from the field.
CSU is shooting .696 (272-391) at the line this year.
The Vikings have shot .818 (27-33) from the line over the last three games.
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).
AT THE HALF:
The Vikings have trailed at halftime in 14 of their 23 games this year and have been tied in two contests. All of CSU's halftime leads have been at home.
The Vikings are 7-1 when leading or being tied at halftime.
CSU is 4-11 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 105 straight on Saturday against UIC.
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 457 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. CSU hit 14 vs. Milwaukee (12/4/10) and 14 at Michigan St. (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 eight 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 the 2012-13 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 Cleveland State.
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 133 wins, won 92 games at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
The Feb. 2 game at UIC was Waters' 100th road game at CSU. He is 42-58 away from home with his .419 winning percentage the second best among head coaches in CSU history (Kevin Mackey went 48-43; .527).
Is in his seventh season at CSU, making him the third longest tenured coach in history behind Ray Dierenger (1969-83) & Homer Woodling (1929-41, 1952-53).
His 226 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 7 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.
The seventh edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is using Dave Dinunzio's book Think Like a Champion as the course text for the second straight year.
Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life.
Other books used in past classes include John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success, Talent Is Never Enough by John Maxwell, Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength, and Maxwell's 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player and Winning With People.
The Vikings then host Valparaiso on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN2.
CSU travels to Detroit for a 7:00 p.m. game on ESPN3 on Tuesday (Feb. 12).