Nov. 16, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
Radio: WHKW 1420 AM (Al Pawlowski)
SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State begins a busy stretch with three games in four days when the Vikings host Old Dominion on Saturday (Nov. 17) at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. It will be a return BracketBuster game from the 2009-10 season, a 74-63 ODU win in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 20. Saturday's game will be the second meeting between the team's in men's basketball. The Vikings are 2-1 this season after splitting two games in the North Regional of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday and Tuesday. CSU defeated Bowling Green in overtime, but fell to fifth-ranked Michigan in the regional final. The Monarchs are 1-2 this season, having lost to UTSA, 79-70, in their last contest (Nov. 11).
BRACKETBUSTER RETURNS: Saturday's game will be the eighth time CSU has played a BracketBuster rematch with the Vikings owning a 4-3 record in those contests. CSU has defeated Central Michigan (2005), Delaware (2006), Marist (2008) and Toledo (2011) in return games, while falling to Eastern Michigan (2004), Cal State Northridge (2007) and Wichita State (2009).
LEE DISHING IT OUT: Charlie Lee has taken a liking to the starting point guard role early in this season. The sophomore leads the team and ranks 10th in the Horizon League with 13.3 points per game and is also second in the league at 7.3 assists per game. Lee has dished out at least five assists in all three games this year and has totaled half of CSU's 44 assists this year (22 total).
40 MINUTE MEN: Four of CSU's five starters played at least 40 minutes in Monday's overtime win over Bowling Green, all logging career-highs. Tim Kamczyc played 44 minutes, while Marlin Mason and Charlie Lee both played 43 minutes. Sebastian Douglas logged 40 minutes. The fifth starter - Anton Grady - was limited to 20 minutes due to foul trouble.
DOUBLING UP: Marlin Mason and Charlie Lee both recorded their first career double-doubles in Monday's win over Bowling Green. Mason totaled 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while Lee amassed 14 points and a career-high 10 assists.
THE SENIOR: As the lone senior on this year's roster, Tim Kamczyc made sure his squad wasn't going to lose Monday night against Bowling Green, hitting several key baskets down the stretch. Kamczyc finished with a career-high 21 points, including career-highs in field goals (8) and three-point field goals (5).
WORKING OVERTIME: Monday's 79-73 overtime win over Bowling Green snapped CSU's streak of not playing an overtime game at 170. Prior to Monday, the last time that 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 was gone 89-48 (.654).
VIKINGS WIN #500 AT HOME: The 92-49 win over Grambling (Nov. 9) 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.
WATERS CHASING 300th: Gary Waters enters Saturday's game needing five wins to reach 300 for his career. Waters, who has won 124 games during his seven years at CSU, won 92 games at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers, going 295-217 in his 17 year career.
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).
DOUGLAS SCORES CAREER HIGH: Sebastian Douglas scored a career-high 16 points in Monday's win over Bowling Green, hitting 5-of-10 from the field, including both of his three-point attempts. It shattered his old career-high of seven points at Vanderbilt in last year's season opener.
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.
BALANCED ON OFFENSE: The Vikings had six players score in double figures in the Nov. 9 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 Tuesday night, it extended his consecutive games played streak to 105 straight games, tying him for 10th longest streak in school history with Darren Tillis.
KAMCZYC KEEPS STARTING, TOO: Tim Kamczyc has started the last 77 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 Saturday's game with 673 career points, needing 327 to become the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
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.
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.
UP NEXT: CSU concludes play in the NIT Season Tip-Off with two games at Robert Morris next week. The Vikings play Alabama-Huntsville on Monday (Nov. 19) at 5:00 p.m. and host Robert Morris on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at 7:30 p.m.
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