Vikings Back in Action at Ball State
Nov. 27, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
Cleveland State (4-2) at Ball State (2-2)
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
THE KEY POINTS:
Following an eight-day layoff, Cleveland State returns to action when the Vikings travel to Ball State for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Wednesday (Nov. 28).
CSU had opened the season by playing six games in the first 12 days.
The Vikings were last in action on Nov. 20, falling at Robert Morris, 71-62, in the final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The Vikings are 4-2 overall this season.
Wednesday's game will be CSU's fifth game away from home this year. The Vikings are 0-2 on the road and 2-0 in neutral site games.
Ball State is 2-2 this season, having dropped two straight after opening the season with two wins. The Cardinals lost at No. 1 Indiana on Sunday.
Wednesday will be the fifth all-time meeting between CSU and Ball State with the series tied at 2-2.
The teams met four consecutive seasons between the 1972-73 and 1975-76 seasons and have not played since.
Each team has won the two games played on their home court.
Ball State will be the second of five Mid-American Conference opponents for CSU this year. It is the most games against the MAC, or any conference outside of CSU's, since the 1987-88 team went 3-2 versus the MAC.
The Vikings have won nine straight contests against schools from the MAC. The last defeat was an 84-69 setback to Kent State on Dec. 29, 2007.
ANOTHER NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER:
Wednesday's game at Ball State is CSU's final game in November, assuring the Vikings of their sixth winning November under head coach Gary Waters.
CSU is 34-15 (.694) under Waters in November.
The lone losing November under Waters was 2008-09 when CSU went 3-4.
The Vikings went 6-1 in November last season and were a perfect 8-0 in the first month of the season in 2010-11, making the Vikings 18-3 in November over the last three seasons.
CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON ON FRIDAY:
The second of four CSU Hoops Luncheons will take play on Friday, Nov. 30, at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Wolstein Center.
Luncheon is a chance for fans to get updates from head coach Gary Waters.
Cost is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes buffet luncheon and beverages.
Call (216) 687-5119 to reserve a spot.
Future luncheons will be held on Monday, Jan. 7 and Friday, Feb. 15.
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 702 career points, needing 298 to become 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Played in 108 consecutive games, 10th longest in CSU history. Has also made 80 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.
Ranks second in Horizon League at 36.8 minutes per game, playing at least 39 minutes in four games.
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 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds He also has 13 steals and eight blocked shots.
His 53 career blocked shots are the 12th most in CSU history, five shy of moving into the top-10 on the list.
LEE GETS THE POINT:
After serving as the backup point guard last year, Charlie Lee has taken over the starting job this year.
Leads the team and is 9th in the league in scoring (14.7).
Tied his career-high with 20 points at Robert Morris.
Leads league with 5.5 assists per game, dishing out career-best 10 dimes vs. Bowling Green.
Has 33 assists to just 16 turnovers, ranking second in league with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Had first career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists in win over Bowling Green.
Freshman Junior Lomomba made his highly-anticipated collegiate debut at Robert Morris, coming back from a broken foot suffered in the summer.
Had eight points and four assists in 25 minutes.
Was No. 4 ranked high school player in Wisconsin and 38th-ranked small forward in nation coming out of high school.
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 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 behind Ray Dierenger (1969-83) and Homer E. Woodling (1929-41, 1952-53).
Enters Wednesday's game with 297 career wins, including 126 at CSU. Won 92 at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
The game at Ball State will be his 211th contest at Cleveland State, tying him with Kevin Mackey for the second most games coached at CSU.
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.
Other books used included 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.
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.
Averaging 14.0 per game this year.
Flannigan is a three-time first team All-State pick 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.
CSU returns home to host Toledo on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 2:00 p.m.