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GAME #23
Cleveland State (5-17, 2-7 HL) at Milwaukee (11-12, 4-6 HL)

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Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 2:00 pm ET
Milwaukee, Wis. | UWM Panther Arena
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Cleveland State at Milwaukee

GAME PREVIEW: 
• Cleveland State concludes its two-game swing through Wisconsin when the Vikings play at Milwaukee on Saturday (Jan. 27) at 2:00 pm ET in UWM Panther Arena.
• The Vikings are 5-16 overall and 2-6 in the League this year following a 66-44 loss at Green Bay on Thursday night.
• Milwaukee enters the game with an overall record of 11-12 (4-6 HL) after a 66-55 win at home over Youngstown State on Thursday night.
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on AM 1220, AM 1420 and AM 1440 with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.
• The pre-game show begins at 1:30 pm ET.
• The game will also be shown live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
THE MILWAUKEE SERIES: 
• Milwaukee leads the all-time series with Cleveland State, 27-20.
• The Panthers have won the last two meetings and five of the last six overall.
• The Vikings had won four straight in the series prior to that.
• Milwaukee won the first meeting between the teams this year, 64-60, on Jan. 6 in the Wolstein Center. Kenny Carpenter scored 17 points for the Vikings, while Bobby Word had 11.
• CSU is 7-17 all-time in Milwaukee with its last win coming in the 2013-14 season.
GAME 22: @GREEN BAY 66, CSU 44 (1/25/18):
• Cleveland State shot a season-low .277 from the field in a 66-44 setback at Green Bay on Thursday night.
Dontel Highsmith scored 10 points, while Stefan Kenic had nine points and four rebounds.
Kasheem Thomas scored six points, while Jamarcus Hairston grabbed five rebounds and Kenny Carpenter and Bobby Word had four rebounds apiece.
• Hairston and Tyree Appleby both had three assists.
CARDIAC VIKINGS:
• The Vikings have played in eight one possession games this year, posting a 3-5 mark in those games.
• Four of CSU’s Horizon League games have come down to the final possession as the Vikings fell to Youngstown State (80-77), defeated Green Bay (80-79), lost at Detroit Mercy (85-84) and defeated IUPUI (70-67).
• CSU played in three straight one poessession games from Nov. 20 through Nov. 29, falling at ECU, 72-69 (Nov. 20), losing to Central Conn., 74-73, (Nov. 24), and topping 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 played a one possession game at Niagara (L, 79-77 on Dec. 19).
CARPENTER GOING TO WORK: 
• Senior Kenny Carpenter is enjoying his best season to date.
• He ranks 18th in the Horizon League in scoring (12.6) and 15th in rebounding (5.1), while adding 2.3 assists.
• Carpenter is also 14th in the League in field goal percentage (.474).
• He has three, 20-point games this year and has 15 double figure scoring games.
• Carpenter also has three double-digit rebounding games.
• 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.
• 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).
IMPROVING AT THE LINE:
• CSU has shown continued improvement at the free throw line since going 13-of-37 (.351) over the first two games.
• The Vikings are shooting 225-of-305 (.738) at the charity stripe since then.
• In Horizon League play, the Vikings have hit 118-of-150 (.787) from the free throw line
• CSU is shooting .696 (238-342) at the line this year.
APPLEBY APPEALING:
Tyree Appleby is averaging 10.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals in his first season of college basketball.
• He ranks third in the League in steals, sixth in assists and is 23rd in scoring.
• He is a three-time Horizon League Freshman of the Week, earning the award in back-to-back weeks (Dec. 4, Dec. 10) and again on Jan. 15.
• 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.
• He won his third award after averaging 16.5 points, 7.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in games at Detroit Mercy and Oakland.
• Appleby has dished out a career-best seven assists in five games this season.
• 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.
HAIRSTON EARNS FIRST CAREER START: 
• Jamarcus Hariston earned his first career start at CSU vs. Green Bay (Jan. 4). He totaled two points, four rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.
• In nine League games (eight starts), Hairston is averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds, while shooting .500 (25-50) from the floor.
• He scored 16 points – hitting 4-of-7 from three-point – with seven rebounds vs. UIC (Jan. 20).
• Hairston posted six points and set career-highs in rebounds (8) and steals (4) in a win at IUPUI, playing a career-high 32 minutes. His tip-in with 22 seconds left gave CSU the lead for good (68-67).
• He had 14 points (5-6 FG) with six boards at Detroit (Jan. 10).
• Hairston scored a career-high 17 points at Niagara (Dec. 19), hitting 7-of-9 from the field, adding five boards and two assists.
WORD UP!: 
• Senior Bobby Word has started all 54 games during his CSU career.
• He is 24th in the League in scoring this year (10.6), while ranking third in the League in three pointers (2.4).
• 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).
WORD HITS 1,000 CAREER POINTS WITH DOUBLE DOUBLE:
• 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 579 points during his CSU career for 1,066 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.
CLAYBORNE’S BIG NIGHT:
Evan Clayborne scored a career-high 10 points and tied his career-high with seven rebounds in a win over IUPUI (Jan. 18).
• He added two steals and a block in 24 minutes off the bench.
• Clayborne has slowly worked his way back from a knee injury suffered at Kent State (Dec. 2), which forced him to miss seven games.
KENIC SCORES CAREER-HIGH:
Stefan Kenic scored a career-high 15 points at Detroit Mercy (Jan. 10).
• 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 before UDM won the game at the buzzer.
• Kenic is averaging 8.6 points and 3.1 rebounds this year, playing in all 20 games with 17 starts.
VIKINGS TIE THREE POINT MARK WITH 14 MAKES: 
• 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.
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, 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 189 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.
FOR THREE:
• CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 619 straight games.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 168 straight contests, extending the streak with four threes at Green Bay on Thursday night.
• 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.
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 7.6 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 started 14 straight games. He has missed the last four games with injury.
KASH IS MONEY: 
Kasheem Thomas has been one of the top sixth men in the Horizon League, averaging 7.7 points and 3.1 assists in League play.
• 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) and posted 10 points and six assists at NKU (Jan. 15).
• Thomas scored 13 points against UIC (Jan. 20), setting career highs in free throws made (11) and attempted (12).
• 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 (148 assists to 81 turnovers).
UP NEXT: 
• The Vikings return home for two games next week, hosting Wright State on Thursday (Feb. 1) at 7:00 pm and Northern Kentucky at 3:00 pm on Saturday (Feb. 3).

 

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