Vikings Play Two in NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Round
Nov. 18, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
Alabama Huntsville (3-1) vs. Cleveland State
Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 - 5:00 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa.
Cleveland State at Robert Morris (1-3)
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa.
THE KEY POINTS:
Cleveland State is back in action on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 19-20) when the Vikings play two games in the NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation round.
CSU plays Alabama-Huntsville on Monday at 5:00 p.m. and Robert Morris on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Both games will be played at Robert Morris.
Monday's game will be the first-ever meeting between CSU and Alabama-Huntsville. Tuesday's game at Robert Morris will be the 13th all-time meeting between the two schools. The series is tied 6-6.
The Vikings won at RMU last season, 62-58, in early December.
The Vikings have won three of their first four games of the season and are 3-1. Alabama-Huntsville is also 3-1, while Robert Morris is 1-3.
CSU will be playing their fifth and sixth games of the season in the first 12 days of the season.
The Vikings came back from a loss at fifth-ranked Michigan with a 67-55 win over Old Dominion on Saturday (Nov. 17). CSU trailed by five points at the half, but used a strong second half effort to claim the win.
NIT CONSOLATION ROUND SCHEDULE:
Monday, Nov. 19 - Cleveland State vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 5:00 p.m.
Bowling Green at Robert Morris, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Bowling Green vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 5:00 p.m.
Cleveland State at Robert Morris, 7:30 p.m.
All games will be played at Robert Morris, which was the No. 6 seed in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Virginia (No. 2 seed) and Lehigh (No. 5) will also host consolation rounds.
CSU, Alabama-Huntsville and Robert Morris all went 1-1 in their respective regionals of the NIT Season Tip-Off, while Bowling Green was 0-2. CSU defeated BGSU in overtime in the first game of the Ann Arbor Regional.
ALL ABOUT TIM:
Tim Kamczyc is the lone senior on this year's 13 man roster. He is in his fifth year after redshirting in 2008-09.
Kamczyc has scored 638 career points, needing 317 to become 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Played in 106 consecutive games, 10th longest in CSU history. Has also made 78 straight starts.
Dished out career-high seven assists in win over Old Dominion (Nov. 17).
Scored career-high 21 points in overtime win against Bowling Green (Nov. 12), making career-best five three's.
Has already earned his undergraduate degree and is scheduled to receive his MBA in the spring.
A VERY GRADY SEASON:
Anton 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 has not disappointed, averaging 13.0 points and 5.3 rebounds through the first four games. He also has seven steals and seven blocked shots.
FIVE FOR FIVE:
All five of CSU's starters are averaging double figures this season, led by Charlie Lee's 13.3 points.
Anton Grady is averaging 13.0 points, while Tim Kamczyc is at 12.3. Marlin Mason (11.0) and Sebastian Douglas (10.3) round out the five.
CSU's five starters have all scored in double figures in three of the four games this year.
Four of the five CSU starters played at least 40 minutes in Monday's (Nov. 12) overtime win against Bowling Green.
Kamczyc played 44 minutes, while Mason and Lee both played 43 minutes. Douglas logged 40 minutes. The fifth starter - Grady - was limited to 20 minutes due to foul trouble.
Both Charlie Lee and Marlin Mason recorded their first career double-doubles in the win over Bowling Green.
Mason had 11 points and a career-best 13 rebounds.
Lee scored 14 points with a career-high 10 assists.
Lee leads the Horizon League with 6.0 assists per game, tallying at least five dimes in three of the four games.
Monday's 79-73 overtime win over Bowling Green snapped CSU's streak of not playing an OT game at 170.
Prior to Monday, the Vikings had not played an OT contest since a 69-66 win over Florida State on Nov. 17, 2007.
CSU was 89-48 (.654) in games between the OT games.
THE HEAD VIKING:
Gary Waters is in his seventh season at at CSU, making him the third longest tenured coach in program history.
Waters is the third longest tenured coach in program history. Ray Dierenger (1969-83) and Homer E. Woodling (1929-41, 1952-53) have served longer.
Enters the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round with 296 career wins, including 125 at CSU. He won 92 contests at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
LONG TIME ASSISTANTS:
Gary Waters has now had the same staff in place for seven seasons 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 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.
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.
He 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.
LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT YEAR:
The Vikings signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 14. Ismaila Dauda and Demonte Flannigan will join the program 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.
One of the top rebounders in the nation, averaging 14.0 per game.
Flannigan is a three-time first team All-State selection from Villa Angela-St. Joseph H.S.
The 6-foot-8 Flannigan averaged 16.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game as a junior, helping VASJ to the district finals.
12th-best prospect in Ohio.
CSU travels to Ball State on Weds. (Nov. 28) for a 7:00 p.m. contest.