CSU Opens NIT Season Tip-Off vs. Bowling Green

CSU Opens NIT Season Tip-Off vs. Bowling Green

Nov. 11, 2012

Contact: Greg Murphy

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Bowling Green (1-0) vs. Cleveland State (1-0
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012
Crisler Center - Ann Arbor, Mich.

Radio: WHK 1220 AM (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None
Series: BGSU leads, 8-7
Livestats: CSUVikings.com
Last Mt'g: BGSU 80, CSU 72 (12/28/02)
Tickets: Available at Site

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State opens play in the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off when the Vikings play a first round game against Bowling Green on Monday (Nov. 12) at 6:00 p.m. at the Crisler Center. The first two rounds of the tournament will be played in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan will host IUPUI in the other first round game on Monday with the two winners meeting on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. for the right to go to New York. Monday's two losers will play on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The Vikings opened the season with a 92-49 win over Grambling on Friday (Nov. 9), while Bowling Green (Lake Erie), Michigan (Slippery Rock) and IUPUI (Utah Valley) also won their season openers on Friday.

CSU IN PRESEASON NIT: Monday will mark CSU's third-ever appearance in the NIT Season Tip-Off with the Vikings owning an 0-2 all-time record. The Vikings dropped a 70-66 decision at Memphis State to open the 1986-87 season (Nov. 22) and also fell at No. 22 UMass in the 1993 opener (Nov. 18).

IN-SEASON TOURNEYS UNDER WATERS: The Vikings are 16-7 in in-season tournaments under head coach Gary Waters, including three tourney titles. CSU has claimed the 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, the 2010 World Vision Classic and the 2011 Ticket City Legends Classic under Waters.

VIKINGS WIN #500 AT HOME: Friday's 92-49 win over Grambling was the 500th home win in CSU history. The Vikings are now 500-391 at home since beginning play as Fenn College in 1929-30.

DOUBLE PLEASURE FOR VIKING FANS: Friday's game was the first of two scheduled doubleheaders this year as the CSU women's squad hosted South Dakota. CSU has been very successful in doubleheaders over the last five years, claiming 13 sweeps in 20 twinbills, including Friday's. Both the CSU men's and women's teams have gone 16-4 in doubleheaders since the start of the 2007-08 season.

WATERS CHASING 300th: Gary Waters enters Monday's game needing six wins to reach 300 for his career. Waters, who has won 123 games during his seven years at CSU, won 92 games at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers, going 294-217 in his 17 year career.

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The first CSU Hoops Luncheon of the year took place on Thursday with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from head coach Gary Waters throughout the 2012-13 season. Hosted by the voice of the Vikings, Al Pawlowski, the luncheons take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, Monday, Jan. 7 and Friday, Feb. 15. Cost of admission is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables for eight can also be reserved for $96.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.

GRADY EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION: In addition to earning a spot on the preseason all-league team, Anton Grady picked up several mentions from national publications as a player who has the potential to breakout this year. Among them are the following...

• CBSSports.com (Jeff Goodman) - ranked 11th of 30 players poised to breakout this year: Grady should make a significant jump after an impressive freshman season in which he averaged 8.5 points, 6.4 boards and 1.4 blocks in a little more than 20 minutes per contest. He has a good motor, nice skills and plays hard.

• College Basketball Talk (Rob Dauster) - Gary Waters has called Anton Grady his future, and he's right. He was incredibly productive -- 8.5 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 blocks, the team lead in offensive and defensive rebounding percentages -- in limited minutes as a freshman, and with so much of Cleveland State's production from last season graduating, Grady will have plenty of opportunities. Even without Butler in the league, the Horizon has quite a bit of talent. Grady might be the best player in the league.

• Sports Illustrated (Luke Winn ) Breakout Sophomores: Gary Waters has already referred to Grady, a much larger cousin of Earl Boykins, as "our future." With the Vikings' three top possession-users gone from last season, it would seem that the future is now. Grady was a monster in short spurts as a freshman, leading CSU in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, block percentage, and posting a usage/efficiency ratio that suggests he can assume a go-to-guy role if called upon. Waters told Grady during his recruitment that he'd be used as a wing forward, but he's been so good in a pure frontcourt role that it doesn't seem wise to push him to the perimeter. (And selfishly, I don't want anything to interfere with his breakout).

VIKINGS FIFTH IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLL: CSU was picked to finish fifth in the preseason Horizon League poll as voted on by the league's nine head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Valparaiso, the defending regular season champion, earned 382 points and 40 first place votes to claim the top spot. Detroit received the other four first place votes and 332 points to finish second. Green Bay was third with 283 points and was followed by Youngstown State (243), CSU (230), Milwaukee (178), Loyola (105), UIC (96) and Wright State (86).

GRADY NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM: Anton Grady was one of 10 players selected to the preseason All-Horizon League team, earning a spot on the second team. Grady played in all 33 games last season, serving as CSU's sixth man, while also making three starts. He averaged 8.5 points per game, while ranking sixth in the Horizon League in rebounding (6.4), fifth in blocked shots (1.4) and field goal percentage (112-210; .533), seventh in defensive rebounds (4.5) and eighth in offensive rebounds (1.9). Grady upped those numbers to 10.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per night in the 18 Horizon League contests, scoring in double figures in 12 of those games.

THE STARTERS HAVE IT: The Vikings started four sophomores and one senior in Friday's opener against Grambling. The young group was impressive, combining to go 25-of-38 (.658) from the field for 66 points. They also added 26 rebounds, 16 assists and 12 steals.

CHARLES IN CHARGE: Charlie Lee has taken over the starting point guard position and did not disappoint in his first game out on Friday. The sophomore scored a career-high 20 points (7-10 FG), adding a career-best seven assists.

BALANCED ON OFFENSE: The Vikings had six players score in double figures in Friday's win over Grambling, led by Charlie Lee's 20 points. Anton Grady and Bryn Forbes scored 14 points each, while Tim Kamczyc had 12 and Sebastian Douglas and Marlin Mason finished with 10 points apiece. Last season, CSU had just one game with six players in double figures, an 83-57 win over Milwaukee in the 21st game of the season (Jan. 22).

LONG TENURED: Gary Waters is in his seventh season as the head coach at CSU, making him the third longest tenured coach in program history. Ray Dierenger (1969-83) and Homer E. Woodling (1929-41, 1952-53) have served longer.

KAMCZYC KEEPS PLAYING: When Tim Kamczyc took the floor on Friday night, it extended his consecutive games played streak to 103 straight games, the 11th longest streak in school history. He needs to play in three games to pass Darren Tillis, who is 10th in program history, playing in 105 straight games.

KAMCZYC KEEPS STARTING, TOO: Tim Kamczyc has started the last 75 games he has appeared in, the eighth longest streak in CSU history. Depending on how many games the Vikings play this year, Kamczyc could break the school-record for consecutive starts, currently 106 by J'Nathan Bullock (2005-09) and Norris Cole (2007-11).

QUEST FOR 1,000: Tim Kamczyc enters Monday's game with 646 career points, needing 354 to become the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points. FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Friday's win over Grambling extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 170. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings toppled Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the 136 games since, Cleveland State has gone 89-48 (.654).

ADDING ASSISTANCE: The trio of associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jeremaine Kimbrough are in their seventh year serving for head coach Gary Waters on the Viking bench. It is the longest tenure for a trio of Viking assistant coaches in school history. Only the tandem of Mitch Buonaguro and Paul Molinari (1996-03) served longer as a unit. Not only that, it is also the longest tenure of any coaching staff together in the country.

SUCCESS 701: The seventh edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing 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. Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success. Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08, turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2010-11, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to CSU players over the summer and preseason months.

UP NEXT: Cleveland State will play a second round game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday (Nov. 13) in Ann Arbor. The Vikings will play either Michigan or IUPUI, depending on the outcome of Monday's opening round games.