CSU Falls To Rutgers 70-38 On The Road

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Stefan Kenic scored 12 points and Kenny Carpenter added 12 as Cleveland State fell at Rutgers, 70-38, in the opening game of the Showcase on the Banks Classic on Tuesday night in the Rutgers Athletic Center.

CSU fell to 0-2 this year, while Rutgers improved to 3-0.

STAT LEADERS

  • Kenic led the Vikings with 12 points, hitting a pair of three-pointers. He added four rebounds.
  • Carpenter had his second straight game in double figures with 11 points, going 5-of-7 from the floor. He also had six rebounds and four assists.
  • Tyree Appleby tallied six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Anthony Wright finished with four points and four rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Stefan Kenic gave the Vikings early offense, hitting a pair of three-pointers as the game was tied 6-6 four minutes in.
  • Rutgers opened up a seven point lead (17-10) midway through the first half and would extend the lead to as many as 13 points late in the second half.
  • The Vikings scored six of the last eight points of the half to slice the deficit under single digits (31-22) at halftime.
  • Rutgers used the long ball – hitting three three-pointers early in the second half – as part of an 18-4 run over the first five-plus minutes of the second half to open up a 49-26 lead.

COACH TALK

  • “We are learning a lot of things for the first time with this group, including how to win. It starts with learning how to compete and play through some adversity. I thought we had some good possessions and got good looks, but we didn’t make those high-quality shots. I liked some of the things we did defensively in the first half, but we didn’t sustain it the entire game.” – Head coach Dennis Felton

KEY STATS

  • Today was just the second all-time meeting between the two schools with the series now tied at 1-1. The Vikings won the only other meeting between the teams in the 1979-80 season.
  • The Vikings shot 16-of-52 (.308) from the floor, while Rutgers was 29-of-65 (.446). The Scarlet Knights also held a 45-34 advantage on the boards.
  • Both teams struggled at the free throw line with CSU hitting 3-of-11 and Rutgers going 5-of-11.

UP NEXT

  • The Vikings open the 2017-18 home slate on Friday (Nov. 17) with a 7:00 pm contest against Coppin State in the Wolstein Center.
  • CSU travels to ECU on Monday (Nov. 20) for a 7:00 pm contest and returns home to host Central Connecticut in the fourth and final game of the Showcase on the Banks on Friday (Nov. 24) at 5:00 pm.

Recap stats and info sent via Greg Murphy of CSU media communications team.

About the Author

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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