Dec. 5, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
Cleveland State (6-2) at #24/25 N.C. State (5-2)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. - Reynolds Coliseum
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Cleveland State returns to action for the first time in a week when the Vikings play at #24/25 N.C. State on Saturday (Dec. 8).
The Vikings are 6-2 this season.
Head coach Gary Waters enters the game with 299 career wins.
CSU picked up two wins last week, winning at Ball State, 69-63, on Wednesday for the first road win of the year. The Vikings also won at home over Toledo, 78-73, on Saturday.
N.C. State is 5-2 this season following a 69-65 win over UConn on Tuesday.
Saturday's game will be the first-ever meeting between the teams.
N.C. State is the third first-time opponent for the Vikings this year, joining Grambling and Alabama-Huntsville, and the 253rd all-time opponent in program history.
The Wolfpack will be CSU's eighth all-time opponent from the ACC. The Vikings are 4-8 (.333) all-time against schools from the ACC, including an 84-69 win over Wake Forest in the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament.
CSU vs. TOP-25 TEAMS:
Saturday's game will be CSU's second against a top-25 team this season.
The Vikings lost at then No. 5 Michigan, 77-47, on Nov. 13.
CSU is 6-36 all-time against ranked teams.
Gary Waters has five of those six wins in his tenure at CSU.
The Vikings are 3-24 all-time on the road against top-25 teams.
CSU has three road wins all-time vs. top-25 teams, including last year's season opening win at No. 7 Vanderbilt, the highest ranked opponent CSU has even defeated.
The Vikings also won at # 11 Syracuse and at #17 Butler in 2008-09.
Charlie Lee is ranked 36th in the nation in assists (5.8).
As a team, CSU is 56th in three-point percentage (.382), 66th in three-pointers per game (7.5), 71st in three-point defense (.293) and 73rd in free throw percentage (.732).
Freshman Bryn Forbes was honored as the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week (Dec. 3).
Averaged 17.0 points in two CSU wins.
Scored career-high 18 points in win at Ball State and followed that with 16 points against Toledo.
Scored 15 of CSU's 18 points in an 18-2 run that gave the Vikings the lead midway through second half at Ball State.
All 18 points at BSU came in the second half when he hit six of his seven shots, including all four three-pointers.
AT THE HALF:
The Vikings have trailed at halftime in six of their eight games this year and have been tied in one other contest.
The only game CSU had led after 20 minutes was the season opener against Grambling.
CSU is 5-2 in games it has trailed or been tied at the half.
ANOTHER NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER:
The Ball State game (Nov. 28) was CSU's final game in November, giving the Vikings their sixth winning November under head coach Gary Waters.
CSU is 35-15 (.700) 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 19-3 in November over the last three seasons.
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 Saturday's game with 299 career wins, including 128 at CSU. He won 92 at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
His 212 games coached at Cleveland State are the second most in program history by a head coach.
DEFENSE DOMINATES BALL STATE:
CSU's defense stifled Ball State in Wednesday's (Nov. 28) win.
After starting the game 7-of-10 from the field, the Cardinals went just 12-of-37 (.324) over the final 34 minutes.
CSU held the Cardinals without a field goal for almost nine minutes in the first half (11:20 until 3:42) and more than 11 minutes in the second half (12:16 until 0:35).
Forced 19 BSU turnovers and turned them into 17 points.
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 725 career points, needing 275 to become 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Played in 110 consecutive games, 10th longest in CSU history. Has also made 82 straight starts, seventh longest in program history.
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.
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 37.6 minutes per game, playing at least 39 minutes in six games., including five straight.
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.
Missed last two games after injuring knee at Robert Morris (Nov. 20) and is slated to miss the next month.
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 sixth in the league in scoring (15.8).
Shooting .526 (41-78) from field, including .500 (19-38) from three-point. Also 25-of-30 (.833) at free throw line.
Scored career-high 22 points, adding seven assists, vs. Toledo (Dec. 1).
Leads league with 5.8 assists per game, dishing out career-best 10 dimes vs. Bowling Green.
Dished out at least five assists in six of eight games.
Has 46 assists to just 24 turnovers, ranking second in league with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio.
First career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists vs. 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.
Forced to come out of win at Ball State (Nov. 28) after re-aggravating foot injury after just two minutes.
Missed Toledo (Dec. 1) game with sprained foot.
LONG GETS FIRST START:
With Anton Grady out at Ball State (Nov. 28), Devon Long stepped in to get his first career start.
Had 10 points and three rebounds in career-best 25 minutes.
Averaging 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
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.
VIKINGS vs. THE MAC:
Cleveland State's win over Toledo on Saturday (Dec. 1) extended the Vikings win streak over Mid-American Conference schools to 11 straight.
The last defeat was an 84-69 setback to Kent State on Dec. 29, 2007.
CSU still has two MAC schools on the schedule this year, at Akron (Dec. 23) and at home against Kent State (Jan. 2).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Following finals next week, the Vikings return to action on Saturday (Dec. 15) with at 2:00 p.m. contest at St. Bonaventure.