CSU Looks To End Road Skid Versus Oakland Friday Night

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GAME #18 *** preview provided by CSU***
Cleveland State (4-13, 1-3 HL) at Oakland (10-8, 2-3 HL)

Friday, January 12, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Rochester, Mich. | O’rena
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Cleveland State at Oakland

• Cleveland State continues its swing through Michigan with a 7:00 pm game at Oakland on Friday (Jan. 12) night in the O’rena.
• The Vikings are 4-13 this year and 1-3 in the Horizon League after an 85-84 setback at Detroit Mercy on Wednesday at the buzzer.
• The Golden Grizzlies are 10-8 overall (2-3 HL) and are coming off a 95-82 win over Youngstown State on Wednesday
• Friday’s game will be available live on ESPN3, while Al Pawlowski will provide the call of the game on AM 1420 and AM 1440.
• CSU leads the all-time series with Oakland, 7-4.
• The Vikings won the first six meetings with Oakland taking four of the last five.
• The teams split the two meetings last year with each winning on the others home court.
• CSU is 3-2 all-time in Oakland, including a 76-65 win last year.
GAME 17: @DETROIT MERCY 85, CSU 84 (1/10/18):
• CSU fell at the buzzer to Detroit Mercy, 85-84, on Wednesday.
• The Vikings trailed by five points with one minute left, but Stefan Kenic‘s three-pointer with 3.9 seconds to play gave CSU an 84-83 lead.
• UDM’s Corey Allen answered by taking the inbounds pass up the court for the game-winning layup.
• Kenic was one of four players in double figures with a career-high 15 points. Tyree Appleby had 19 points and a career-high tying seven assists. Bobby Word scored 19 points and Jamarcus Hairston had 14 points and six rebounds.
• CSU shot 31-of-56 (.554) from the floor and had 21 assists.
• The Vikings have played in seven one possession games this year, posting a 2-5 mark in those games.
• Three of CSU’s four Horizon League games have come down to the final possession as the Vikings fell to Youngstown State (80-77), defeated Green Bay (80-79) and lost at Detroit Mercy (85-84).
• CSU played in three straight one poessession games from Nov. 20 through Nov. 29.
• CSU fell at ECU, 72-69 (Nov. 20), lost at home to Central Conn., 74-73, (Nov. 24), and topped Arkansas State, 75-72 (Nov. 29).
• It was the first time CSU played three straight one poessession games since the 1999-2000 season when CSU fell at St. Bonaventure, 71-69, (12/30/99), and won at Loyola, 70-68 (1/6/00) and at UIC, 91-89 (1/8/00).
• The Vikings also had a one possession games at Niagara (L, 79-77 on Dec. 19).
Stefan Kenic scored a career-high 15 points in Wednesday’s setback at Detroit Mercy.
• He hit 6-of-10 from the floor and his three-pointer from the top of the arc with 3.9 seconds left gave the Vikings an 84-83 lead.
• Kenic is averaging 8.4 points and 2.8 rebounds this year.
• With his 11 point effort vs. Green Bay on Jan. 4, Bobby Word reached 1,000 career points.
• Word scored 487 points during his two seasons at Oral Roberts and has 546 points during his CSU career for 1,033 career points.
• Word also notched his first career double-double vs. Green Bay.
• He scored 14 points and added a career-high 10 rebounds. His old career-high was seven rebounds.
• Senior Bobby Word has started all 49 games of his CSU career.
• He is 19th in the League in scoring this year (11.8), while ranking third in the League in three pointers (2.6).
• Through four League games, Word is averaging 17.0 points, while shooting .500 (17-34) from three-point.
• Word scored a career-high 26 points – hitting a career-best seven threes – at Michigan State (Dec. 29).
• He followed that up with a 24 point effort vs. Youngstown State (Jan. 1), which included nine points in the final 49 seconds. His three-pointer with nine seconds left tied the game at 77-77 before the Penguins won it with a buzzer beater.
• Word is the top returning scorer from last year’s team (11.1).
• Jamarcus Hariston earned his first career start at CSU in vs. Green Bay (Jan. 4). He totaled two points, four rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.
• In four League games, Hairston is averaging 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. He is also shooting .556 (10-18) from the floor.
• He had 14 points (5-6 FG) with six boards at Detroit (Jan. 10).
• Hairston tallied seven points and set career-highs in rebounds (6) and assists (3) against Youngstown State (Jan. 1).
• He scored a career-high 17 points at Niagara (Dec. 19), hitting 7-of-9 from the field, adding five boards and two assists in a career-high 31 minutes.
• Hairston’s old career-high was 13 points set in the season opener against Kent State last year.
• Senior Kenny Carpenter is enjoying his best season to date.
• He ranks 17th in the Horizon League in scoring (12.7) and 15th in rebounding (5.3), while adding 2.4 assists.
• Carpenter is also 10th in field goal percentage (.486).
• He has two, 20-point games this year and has scored in double figures 12 times.
• 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 and finished the game 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 threes since Charlie Lee hit six at Oakland on Feb. 6, 2014.
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).
• Carpenter is one of eight players in the Horizon League who has multiple double-doubles this year.
Tyree Appleby is averaging 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in his first season of college basketball.
• He ranks sixth in the League in steals assists and is 20th in scoring – the highest scoring freshman in the League.
• He is a two-time Horizon League Freshman of the Week, earning the award in back-to-back weeks (Dec. 4 & Dec. 10).
• Appleby 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.
• Appleby scored a career-high 24 points at Western Michigan (Dec. 6), hitting 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.
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 7.6 points and ranks 10th in the League with 5.8 rebounds.
• Wright is shooting .806 (25-31) at free throw line and has made his last 11 free throws.
• After coming off the bench in the first two games, Wright has drawn a starting assignment in the last 14 contests.
• 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, 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 188 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.
Kasheem Thomas has had a strong start to Horizon League play, averaging 9.0 points and 4.2 assists, while shooting .545 (12-22) from the field and .429 (3-7) from three-point.
• Thomas scored a season-high 11 points with six assists against Youngstown State (Jan. 1).
• He had eight points with six assists at Detroit Mercy (Jan. 10).
• Thomas started 39 consecutive games to open his career, including all 31 last year, the most by a freshman in program history.
• Thomas has a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8 (139 assists to 74 turnovers).
• The Vikings have tied the single game school record with 14 made three-pointers three 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 (Dec. 10).
• The Vikings were 14-of-31 from three at Detroit Mercy (Jan. 10).
• CSU has hit 14 three’s in a game seven times in school history.
• CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 614 straight games.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 163 straight contests, extending the streak with 14 threes at Detroit on Wednesday.
• 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.
• CSU heads to Northern Kentucky on Monday (Jan. 15) for a 7:30 pm game.


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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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