Cleveland State at Niagara Game Preview

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GAME #10
Cleveland State (3-6) at Niagara (5-6)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Niagara, N.Y. | Gallagher Center
Live Stats | Video StreamAM 1420

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Cleveland State at Niagara

GAME PREVIEW:
• Cleveland State begins a stretch of three games in five days when the Vikings play at Niagara on Tuesday (Dec. 19) at 7:00 pm.
• The Vikings have not played since an 89-56 win over Notre Dame (OH) on Sunday (Dec. 10), taking last week off for final exams.
• Niagara is 5-6 this year and is coming off an 85-82 win over Norfolk State at home on Saturday afternoon.
• Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on AM 1420 and AM 1440 with Al Pawlowski providing the call. The game will also be video streamed on the Niagara Sports Digital Network.
THE NIAGARA SERIES:
• Tuesday’s game will be the eighth all-time meeting between the two schools with CSU holding a 4-3 lead in the series.
• CSU has won two straight in the series and three of the last four.
• The teams have not played since the 1987-88 season when the Vikings won, 86-76 (12/28/87).
• Niagara has won all three games in the series played in its home gym.
GAME 9: @CSU 89, NOTRE DAME (OH) 56 (12/10/17):
• CSU tied the single game school record with 14 three-pointers and scored 51 second half points in a win over Notre Dame (OH).
Bobby Word scored 19 points and Kenny Carpenter finished with 17 points and eight boards.
Tyree Appleby had 12 points, four boards, three assists, two blocks and four steals in his first career start. Kasheem Thomas had 10 points and five assists and Shawn Christian knocked down three three-pointers for nine points. Terrell Hales grabbed six rebounds.
APPLEBY NAMED HL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK (AGAIN):
Tyree Appleby has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week in each of the last two weeks (Dec. 4 & Dec. 10).
• He earned the first award after averaging 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals vs. Arkansas State and at Kent State, shooting .562 (9-16) from the floor.
• Appleby picked up his second straight honor after averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals, while shooting .800 (12-15) from the field, including 5-of-6 (.833) from three-point at Western Michigan and vs. Notre Dame College.
… AND POURS IN CAREER HIGH:
Tyree Appleby scored a career-high 24 points at Western Michigan (Dec. 6).
• Appleby hit 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point and all four free throws, while adding three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
• It was the most points by a CSU freshman since Rob Edwards scored 26 points at Detroit Mercy on Jan. 4, 2016.
A LOOK AT THE FRESHMAN:
Tyree Appleby is averaging 11.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals in his first season of college basketball.
• He ranks fourth in the League in steals and is 18th in scoring and assists. He is the second highest scoring freshman in the League.
• Appleby is shooting .542 (39-72) from the field, including .435 (10-23) from three-point.
CARPENTER GOING TO WORK:
• Senior Kenny Carpenter is enjoying his best season to date.
• He ranks ninth in the Horizon League in scoring (14.4), eighth in rebounding (6.8) and ninth in assists (3.0).
• Carpenter is also fourth in field goal percentage (.505) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).
• Carpenter scored a career-high 26 points against Coppin State (Nov. 17), bettering his old career-high of 24 points set at UIC as a sophomore.
• He scored 24 points in the first half vs. Coppin State – hitting 10-of-17 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point.
• The six three-pointers are tied for the fourth most in a game in program history and the 17th time a CSU player made six three’s. • He became the first CSU player to make six three’s since Charlie Lee hit six at Oakland on Feb. 6, 2014.
… AND DOUBLES UP TWICE:
Kenny Carpenter has posted two double-doubles this year, the first two of his career.
• Carpenter recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 boards in the season opener at Akron (Nov. 11).
• He posted a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State (Nov. 17).
THOMAS OFF THE BENCH:
Kasheem Thomas came off the bench for the first time in his career on Sunday (Dec. 10) against Notre Dame (OH).
• He started the first 38 games of his career, including all 31 as a freshman last year, the most starts for a first year player in program history.
THE WRIGHT STUFF:
Anthony Wright recorded his first career double-double on Dec. 2 at Kent State.
• Wright scored a career-high 21 points, hitting 8-of-11 from the field, including a career-best four three’s (in six attempts). He also had a career-high tying 11 rebounds.
• Wright is averaging 7.8 points and ranks sixth in the League with 6.9 rebounds.
• After coming off the bench in the first two games, Wright has drawn a starting assignment in each of the last seven contests.
WORD UP!:
• Senior Bobby Word has started all 40 games of his CSU career.
• He is averaging 10.2 points this year, while ranking 13th in the League in three’s (1.9).
• Word scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Notre Dame College (Dec. 10).
• He made 5-of-6 from three-point for 15 points vs. Central Connecticut (Nov. 24).
• Word is the top returning scorer from last year’s team at 11.1 ppg.
THE FELTON FILE:
• First-year head coach Dennis Felton earned his first victory at CSU with an 80-56 win over Coppin State (Nov. 17).
• Felton, who made his CSU regular season debut on Nov. 11 at Akron, was named the 15th head coach in CSU history on March 24.
• Felton is a coaching veteran with more than 30 years of experience, is in his 12th season as a head coach, having spent five years at Western Kentucky (1998-03) and five-plus seasons at Georgia (2003-09).
• During his time on the sidelines Felton has amassed 187 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.
VIKINGS TIE THREE POINT MARK WITH 14 MAKES:
• The Vikings have tied the single game school record with 14 made three-pointers two times this year.
• CSU was 14-of-32 from three-point against Coppin State (Nov. 17) and went 14-of-39 from long distance against Notre Dame College.
• The Vikings have hit 14 three’s in a game six times in school history.
• CSU hit 13 three’s vs. Central Connecticut (Nov. 24), tied for the second most in a game in program history.
FOR THREE:
• CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 606 consecutive games.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 155 straight contests, extending the streak with 14 trifectas vs. Notre Dame College on Sunday.
• The last time CSU failed to make a three-pointer was Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings were 0-for-8 in a 60-57 win over Detroit.
UP NEXT:
• CSU travels to Cincinnati for a 7:00 pm game on Thursday (Dec. 21) and returns home to host Toledo on Saturday (Dec. 23) at 2:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.
• Both games will be shown live on ESPN3.
• The Vikings conclude the non-conference season with a 6:00 pm game at No. 2 Michigan State on Dec. 29. The game will be broadcast live on the Big 10 Network.

   

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Vince McKee
Vince McKee is a growing force in the sports literary world. He has written seven books on Cleveland Sports. They have all helped to build his credibility as a top-notch chronicler of the impact of Ohio sports. Vince has done freelance work as the MMA correspondent for InscriberMag: Digital Magazine as well as a Beat Reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer & The Medina Gazette. His work has been featured on Drennan Live, SLAM Magazine, The Magic 105.7 Morning show, ESPN radio and over 25 local papers, tv stations and radio programs. Despite his personal connection with Bill Belichick, one of the worst moments of Vince’s young life was watching his beloved Browns leave town only weeks after the Indians lost the World Series in 1995. Vince is a life long Cleveland sports fan and enjoys spending lots of time with his wife Emily and daughter Maggie.

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