Feb. 14, 2013
Contact: Greg Murphy
Green Bay (13-12, 7-5) at Cleveland State (12-14, 4-8 HL)
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Al Pawlowski)
TV: ESPNU (Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby)
Series: Green Bay leads, 38-27
Last Mt'g: @GB 77, CSU 50 (1/19/13)
Promos: BLACK OUT: Black t-shirts to first 2,000 fans; Hoops for Hunger Drive to benefit Cleveland Food Bank
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 to begin a three-game homestand when the Vikings host Green Bay at 9:00 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 15).
The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and Malcolm Huckaby (color) providing the commentary.
CSU is 12-14 overall and is in seventh place in the Horizon League at 4-8.
CSU dropped its most recent contest at Detroit, 92-62, on Tuesday (Feb. 12).
Green Bay is 13-12 overall and in fourth place in the Horizon League at 7-5.
The Phoenix have won seven of their last 10 games, including a 68-59 win over Detroit at home in its most recent game on Saturday (Feb. 9).
The Vikings are 8-3 at home this year, while Green Bay is 2-9 on the road.
Green Bay won the first meeting between the teams this year, 77-50, on Jan. 19.
Green Bay leads the all-time series, 38-27, but CSU has won six of the last nine.
The Vikings are 17-13 all-time vs. Green Bay in Cleveland.
Friday's game will be the ninth of at least 11 games that CSU will play on regional or national television.
In addition to Friday's game on ESPNU, CSU has made two other appearances on the network; at Michigan (Nov. 14) and at Valparaiso (Jan. 4).
CSU played on Fox Sports South at N.C. State (Dec. 8).
The Vikings played in the Horizon League Game of the Week at Green Bay (Jan. 19) and at Youngstown St. (Jan. 26).
CSU hosted Valparaiso on ESPN2 on Feb. 9 and played at Detroit (Feb. 12) on ESPN3.
CSU hosts Milwaukee (Feb. 17) and Wright State (Feb. 20) on Time Warner Sports Channel, which also showed the Youngstown State (Feb. 5) game.
MASON STRONG OFF THE BENCH:
Sophomore Marlin Mason has grown into his role as the sixth man.
Averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 22.3 minutes over last six games.
Included in that was career-high 22 points at UIC (Feb. 2).
Averaging 8.8 points and is ninth in the Horizon League in rebounding (5.9).
FORBES A FAB FROSH:
Bryn Forbes leads CSU and is 13th in the Horizon League in scoring (12.3).
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.
Has a three-pointer in 11 straight games, the longest streak by a CSU freshman.
Streak of consecutive games in double figures snapped at 14 against Youngstown State (Feb. 5) when he scored four.
Scored in double digits in 18 of the last 20 games.
Has three 20 point games, including career-high 24 points vs. Valparaiso on Feb. 9.
22 points vs. Loyola (Jan. 23) and 21 vs. Detroit (Jan. 12).
Is 21-35 (.600) from field, including 12-of-15 (.800) from three-point and 13-14 (.929) at free throw line in 20 point games.
His five three-pointers against Detroit were tied for the most in a game by a CSU freshman (done 12 times).
Inserted into starting lineup against Jan. 7 against UIC.
Is seventh in the league in three-pointers (1.9).
Horizon League Newcomer of Week (Nov. 28 & Jan. 14).
CAREER NIGHT FOR LONG:
Devon Long scored a career-high 23 points in CSU's win over Youngstown State on Feb. 5.
Career-highs in field goals made (9) and attempted (11).
Scored 14 points in first half, bettering old career-high of 13 points (vs. Urbana, 11/15/10), in opening 20 minutes.
Added five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Averaging 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and shooting team-best .629 (56-89) from floor.
LONG AT THE LINE:
Devon Long has dramatically improved his free throw shooting with his new catch and shoot routine at the line.
Opened the season going 4-for-18 over the first 16 games.
Has gone 16-of-22 (.727) over the last 10 games.
LEE DISHING IT OUT AT THE POINT:
Charlie Lee ranks 19th in league in scoring (10.5) and leads the circuit in assists (5.1).
Is just the seventh player in school history to have at least 70 assists as both a freshman (74) and sophomore (131).
Has 14 games with at least five assists.
Had double-doubles against Bowling Green (Nov. 13) and at UIC (Feb. 2), recording career-high 10 assists in each game.
Dished out 42% of CSU's assists this year (131 of 319).
Is seven assists shy of breaking the CSU record for most assists in a season by a sophomore (Walt Chavis had 137 in 2002-03).
One of five players in CSU history to have 200 assists through their sophomore season (Shawn Hood, 240; Ron Harris, 233; Craig Caldwell, 204; Franklin Edwards; 200).
Ranks 22nd in CSU history with 205 career assists.
THE BENCH BUNCH:
CSU's bench has improved its play over the last four games, averaging 24.8 points.
Combined to score a season-high 37 points in win at UIC (Feb. 2), including a career-high 22 from Marlin Mason.
CSU's bench scored 19 points in the Feb. 5 win over YSU.
The Viking bench had 23 points against Valparaiso (Feb. 9), including 16 from Mason.
The bench scored 20 points against Detroit (Feb. 12).
KAMCZYC KEEPS PLAYING:
Friday's game will be the 129th in the career of Tim Kamczyc, fourth on CSU's all-time list.
Made 100 straight starts, the 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.
Lone senior on this year's roster, he's in his 5th year after redshirting in 2008-09.
Has 854 points and 449 rebounds in his career.
Already earned his undergraduate degree and will receive his MBA this spring.
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, it increases to 73% of the points, 59% of the rebounds, 62% of assists and 65% of the minutes from last year being gone.
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 28 blocks, 25 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.
CSU is shooting .705 (318-451) at the line this year.
The Vikings have shot .785 (73-93) from the line over the last six 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 26 games this year and have been tied in two contests.
The Vikings are 8-1 when leading or being tied at halftime.
CSU is 4-13 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 108 straight on Tuesday at Detroit.
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 460 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 11 games.
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 134 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 230 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.
LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR:
CSU signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 14. Ismaila Dauda and Demonte Flannigan will join CSU for the 2013-14 academic year.
The 6-foot-10 Dauda is from Kano, Nigeria and in his second year at Polk State College. He was a second team all-conference pick last season.
Flannigan is a three-time first team all-state pick at Villa Angela-St. Joseph.and averaged 16.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game as a junior.
The Vikings host Milwaukee on Sunday (Feb. 17) at 2:00 p.m.
CSU plays its final regular season home game on Wednesday (Feb. 20) at 7:00 p.m. against Wright State.