Dec. 31, 2012
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The Last Meeting
November 22, 2011
Kent State (8-5) at Cleveland State (8-5)
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Cleveland State closes out nonconference play when the Vikings host Kent State at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 2) in the Wolstein Center.
The Vikings are 8-5 overall this year and are coming off a 79-59 win over Rio Grande on Friday (Dec. 28).
The Vikings are 5-0 at home this season and have won seven straight in the Wolstein Center dating to last year.
Kent State is also 8-5 this season and has won three straight, including a 77-75 win over Fairmont State on Sunday (Dec. 30).
The Golden Flashes are 2-2 on the road this year.
KSU leads the all-time series with Cleveland State, 26-19, but the Vikings have won three straight.
CSU won last year's meeting in Kent, 59-53, the Vikings first win at Kent State since the 1997-98 season.
The Vikings are 5-3 all-time against KSU in the Wolstein Center and 11-10 all-time in Cleveland.
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 the Dec. 19 victory over Notre Dame College.
Waters, who is third all-time at CSU with 130 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 217 games coached at CSU are second most in program history by a head coach (Ray Dieringer; 360 games).
VIKINGS vs. THE MAC:
CSU's loss at Akron on Dec. 23 snapped an 11-game win streak for the Vikings over schools from the Mid-American Conference.
Prior to the loss, the last time CSU suffered a setback to a school from the MAC was an 84-69 loss to Kent State on Dec. 29, 2007.
CSU is 3-1 against the MAC this year with wins over Bowling Green, Ball State and Toledo.
NATIONAL STAT LEADERS:
Charlie Lee is ranked 63rd in the nation in assists (4.9).
As a team, the Vikings are 82nd in the country in three-point percentage (.361), 99th in free throw percentage (.700) and 100th in three-pointers per game (6.8).
FROM THE FIELD:
The Vikings shot .518 (29-56) from the field in Friday's (Dec. 28) win over Rio Grande.
It was the fifth time that CSU shot better than 50-percent from the floor in a game this year.
The Vikings are 5-0 in those games.
BACK TO DEFENSIVE ROOTS:
CSU held Rio Grande to .351 (20-57) shooting from the field on Friday (Dec. 28).
It was just the third time CSU held a team under 40-percent shooting this year (Grambling & Old Dominion).
The previous five opponents all shot better than 50-percent against CSU.
Last year, the Vikings held 12 teams under 40-percent shooting in a game.
CSU has used five different starting lineups this year.
Nine different players have started at least one game.
Charlie Lee, Tim Kamczyc and Marlin Mason have started every game for CSU.
Two seasons ago, CSU was one of just three Division I teams to use the same starting five in every game (36 games).
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 nine of their 13 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, Notre Dame College and Rio Grande.
The Vikings are 3-0 when leading at halftime.
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 764 career points, needing 236 to become 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points.
Played in 115 consecutive games, 10th longest in CSU history. Has also made 87 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.
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 (13.5).
Shooting .492 (59-120) from field, including .464 (26-56) from three-point. Also 32-of-39 (.821) at free throw line.
Scored career-high 22 points, adding seven assists, vs. Toledo (Dec. 1).
First career double-double with 14 points and career-high 10 assists vs. Bowling Green.
Anton Grady, who has missed the last seven games with a knee injury, is slated to be out six to eight weeks after injuring his knee at Robert Morris (Nov. 20).
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.
LONG AS A STARTER:
Devon Long has stepped in to start at center in three 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 6.0 points and 3.9 rebounds, shooting 20-of-29 (.690) 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.
CSU has hit at least one three-pointer in 447 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).
LOMOMBA IN ACTION:
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 off the bench at RMU.
Scored career-high 16 points at Akron (Dec. 23).
Made first career start vs. Notre Dame (OH) , scoring 7 points with 3 assists.
Missed seven games this year with foot injury.
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 six of last seven 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.
The Vikings open Horizon League play at Valparaiso on Friday (Jan. 4) at 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPNU.