Dec. 21, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
Cleveland State (7-4) at Akron (5-4)
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012
Akron, Ohio - James A. Rhodes Arena
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Cleveland State is back on the road when the Vikings travel to Akron for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Sunday (Dec. 23).
Sunday's game will be the eighth time CSU will play away from home through the first 12 games of the season.
CSU is 7-4 this season, while Akron is 5-4.
The Vikings snapped a two-game losing streak with a 77-66 win over Notre Dame College on Wednesday (Dec. 19) in the Wolstein Center.
Akron also broke a two-game skid with a 76-46 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday (Dec. 18).
CSU is 1-4 away from home this year, while Akron is 3-0 at home.
This will be the Vikings' first game on a Sunday this year.
Sunday's game is the 66th all-time meeting between CSU and Akron with the Zips holding a 34-31 lead in the series.
The Vikings have won two straight in the series, including a 69-66 win at home last season as Jeremy Montgomery hit a three-pointer with 21 seconds left.
SUCCESSFUL MID-MAJOR PROGRAM:
The Vikings have been one of the top mid-major programs in the nation since the beginning of the 2007-08 season.
Entering this season, the Vikings had won 112 games since 2007-08, tied with Vermont for the 14th most among all mid-major programs in the country.
CSU won 21 games in 2007-08, 26 the following season, 16 in 2009-10, 27 in 2010-11 and 22 last year.
Only 30 Division I mid-major programs entered this season with at least 100 wins over the last five seasons; Butler (139), Saint Mary's (133), VCU (132), Gonzaga (131), Murray State (122), Belmont (121), Old Dominion and Creighton (119), Robert Morris and Kent State (117), Akron (116), Davidson (115) and George Mason (113) ranked ahead of CSU.
Head coach Gary Waters earned his 300th career win in Wednesday's victory over Notre Dame College.
Waters, who is third all-time at CSU with 129 wins, won 92 games at Kent State and 79 at Rutgers.
Is in his seventh season 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).
His 215 games coached at CSU are second most in program history by a head coach (Ray Dieringer; 360 games).
NATIONAL STAT LEADERS:
Charlie Lee is ranked 63rd in the nation in assists (5.0).
As a team, the Vikings are 82nd in the country in three-point percentage (.367), 99th in free throw percentage (.717) and 100th in three-pointers per game (6.9).
FROM THE FIELD:
CSU shot a season-best .604 (32-53) from the field in Wednesday's win over Notre Dame College.
The Vikings were 16-of-22 (.727) in the second half.
CSU has shot better than 50-percent four times this year. The Vikings are 4-0 in those games.
Through 11 games, the Vikings have already used five different starting lineups due to injuries.
Nine different players have started at least one game.
Charlie Lee, Tim Kamczyc and Marlin Mason have started every game for CSU this year.
Two seasons ago, CSU was one of just three Division I teams to use the same starting five in every game.
MASON SCORES CAREER-HIGH:
Marlin Mason set career-highs in points (19) and blocked shots (4) in Wednesday's win over Notre Dame College.
Went 9-of-12 from the field.
Ranks third in league in steals (1.6) and blocked shots (1.1) and ninth in offensive (1.8) and defensive (4.2) rebounds.
AT THE HALF:
The Vikings have trailed at halftime in eight of their 11 games this year and have been tied in one other contest.
The only games CSU had led after 20 minutes were the season opener against Grambling and Wednesday vs. Notre Dame College.
CSU is 5-4 when 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.
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.
Has scored 745 career points, needing 255 to become 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Played in 112 consecutive games, 10th longest in CSU history. Has also made 84 straight starts, the sixth 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.
Dished out career-high seven assists vs. Old Dominion (Nov. 17).
Scored career-high 21 points in overtime win against Bowling Green (Nov. 12), making career-best five three's.
Second in Horizon League at 36.0 minutes per game, playing at least 39 minutes in six games.
Has already earned his undergraduate degree and is scheduled to receive his MBA in the spring.
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 seventh in the league in scoring (14.2).
Shooting .495 (52-105) from field, including .449 (22-49) from three-point. Also 30-of-36 (.833) at free throw line.
Scored career-high 22 points, adding seven assists, vs. Toledo (Dec. 1).
First career double-double with 14 points and 10 assists vs. Bowling Green.
Anton Grady, who has missed the last five games with a knee injury, is slated to be out six to eight weeks.
Prior to the season, 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 did not disappoint early in the season, averaging 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds He also had 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.
Freshman Junior Lomomba made his highly-anticipated debut at Robert Morris (Nov. 20), 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 two games (Toledo, N.C. State) with sprained foot before returning to action at St. Bonaventure.
Made first career start vs. Notre Dame College (Dec. 19), scoring seven points with three assists.
LONG AS A STARTER:
Devon Long has stepped in to start at center in two games this year.
Had 10 points and three rebounds at Ball State (Nov. 28).
Just missed first career double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds at #25 N.C. State (Dec. 8).
Averaging 6.3 points and 3.8 rebounds, shooting 18-of-27 (.667) from field.
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 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).
CSU has hit at least one three-pointer in 445 straight games.
The last game CSU failed to hit a three-pointer was vs. Detroit on Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings went 0-for-8.
CSU hit 12 three-pointers vs. Toledo (Dec. 1), tied for the second most in a game in CSU history (14 vs. Milwaukee on 12/4/10 and 14 at Michigan St. on 12/16/05).
Bryn Forbes was the Horizon League Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 3. Averaged 17.0 points in CSU two 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.
Has reached double-figures in four of last five games.
The seventh edition of Success Class under Gary 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 in past classes include 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 had the same staff in place for seven years 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 CSU 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 at Villa Angela-St. Joseph.
The 6-foot-8 Flannigan averaged 16.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game as a junior.
The Vikings host Rio Grande at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 28).