CSU vs Rutgers Mens Basketball Preview

Cleveland State (0-1) at Rutgers (2-0)
Showcase on the Banks Classic

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 7:00 pm ET
Piscataway, N.J. | Rutgers Athletic Center
Live Stats
TV: Big 10 Network
Listen: AM 1420

Cleveland State at Rutgers

• Cleveland State begins play in the Showcase on the Banks Classic with a 7:00 pm game at Rutgers on Tuesday (Nov. 14) in the Rutgers Athletic Center.
• The Vikings are 0-1 this year, dropping a 67-57 contest at Akron in the season opener on Saturday night.
• Rutgers is 2-0 this year and is coming off a 71-67 victory over Central Connecticut on Sunday afternoon.
• Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on AM 1420 and AM 1440 with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.
• The game will be broadcast live on the B1G Network with Jason Horowitz and Bob Wentzel on the call.
• Tuesday will be the second all-time meeting between the schools.
• Rutgers won the only other match-up, 78-69, in New Jersey on Jan. 15, 1980.
GAME 1: AKRON 67, CSU 57 (11/11/17): 
• CSU dropped the season opener, 67-57, at Akron on Saturday night in the NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Kenny Carpenter recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Tyree Appleby scored a team-high 13 points, while Derek Sloan added eight points and four rebounds.
• CSU held the Zips to .313 (20-64) shooting from the field, but Akron held a 46-38 edge on the boards.
• The Zips hit 19-of-23 at the free throw line, while CSU struggled from the charity stripe, going 10-of-26.
Kenny Carpenter recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the season opener at Akron (Nov. 11).
• Carpenter also added a team-best four assists and a steal.
• His previous career high in rebounds was seven which he did multiple times.
• A pair of CSU freshmen – Tyree Appleby and Stefan Kenic – both had solid debuts on Saturday night at Akron.
• Both players were signed in the late signing period in April by head coach Dennis Felton and his staff.
• Appleby scored a team-best 13 points, adding three rebounds and two steals.
• Kenic finished with nine points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He hit a pair of three-pointers.
• Head coach Dennis Felton made his CSU regular season debut on Saturday night at Akron.
• Felton was named the 15th head coach in program history on March 24, 2017.
• Felton is a coaching veteran with more than 30 years of experience, including 10 full seasons as a head coach.
• During his time on the sidelines Felton has amassed 184 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.
• Senior Bobby Word is the top returning scorer from last season. He averaged 11.1 points per game.
• Word also ranked seventh in the Horizon League with 2.1 three-pointers per game.
• He made at least four three’s in nine games last season.
Kasheem Thomas has started all 32 games in his CSU career.
• He started all 31 games as a freshman last year, the most starts for a first year player in program history and drew a starting assignment in Saturday’s season opener at Akron.
• Thomas averged 7.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists (9th in HL) last year, ranking third in the Horizon League in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) with 102 assists and 49 turnovers.
• He had seven games with at least six assists.
• CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 598 consecutive games.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 147 straight contests, extending the streak with three trifectas at Akron on Saturday..
• 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.
• Rashad Williams, a native of Detroit, Mich., signed a National Letter of Intent to attend CSU beginning in the fall of 2018.
• The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 24.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists at Wayne Memorial HS last year.
• He was the first player from Wayne Memorial to earn Associated Press first team all-state honors in 20 years, leading team to the district finals.
• Williams led the team to its first KLAA championship, knocking down 78 three-pointers last year as the squad went 19-4..
• CSU continues play in the Showcase on the Banks Classic, hosting Coppin State in the home opener on Friday (Nov. 17) at 7:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.
• 216 Hoopy Hour will begin 90 minutes before the game and feature $2 Crispy Chicken Tenders with BBQ Sauce, $1 drafts and $6 game tickets.
• The first 216 fans to Hoopy Hour will receive a Viking Helmet, Courtesy of Pepsi.
• Call or tesx 216-687-4848 for tickets.

Stats and info for preview supplied by Greg Murphy of CSU.

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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