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

Friday, November 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center
Live Stats | ESPN3 | AM 1420

Coppin State at Cleveland State

•     Cleveland State hosts Coppin State on Friday (Nov. 17) at 7:00 pm in the 2017-18 home opener in the Wolstein Center.
•    The game is the second of four in the Showcase on the Banks for CSU.
•    The Vikings are 0-2 this year, dropping road games at Akron and Rutgers to begin the season.
•    Coppin State is 0-2 this year, falling at ECU and Oregon.
•    The Bald Eagles are in the midst of playing their first eight games on the road and will also play at Cincinnati on Thursday (Nov. 16) night.
•    Friday’s game will be available on ESPN3, as well as AM 1420 and AM 1420.
•    Al Pawlowski and Pat Vuyancih will have the call on ESPN3, and the radio.

•     Friday’s game will feature the return of 216 Hoopy Hour with $2.00 chicken tenders, $1.00 drafts and $6.00 tickets.
•    The first 216 fans in Hoopy Hour will also receive Viking Horns courtesy of Pepsi.
•    Tickets are available by phone or text at 216-687-4848, in-person at the Wolstein Center Box Office or online at

•     Friday will be the first meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball.
•    It is one of just two teams that CSU will play for the first time in program history this year (ECU on Nov. 20).

GAME 2: RUTGERS 70, CSU 38 (11/14/17):
•     CSU opened play in the Showcase on the Banks Classic with a 70-38 setback at Rutgers.
•    Stefan Kenic scored 12 points with four rebounds, hitting a pair of three-pointers.
•    Kenny Carpenter tallied 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Tyree Appleby finished with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

•     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.

•     Through two games, Kenny Carpenter leads the team in scoring (11.0), rebounding (9.0) and assists (4.0).
•    He has led the team in rebounding and assists in both games this year.
•    Carpenter is shooting .588 (10-17) from the field this year.

•     A pair of CSU freshmen – Tyree Appleby and Stefan Kenic – both had solid debuts at Akron (Nov. 11).
•    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.

•     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.

•     Kasheem Thomas has started all 33 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.
•    Thomas has started both games this season.
•    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.

•     Senior Bobby Word is the top returning scorer from last season as 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.

•    CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 599 consecutive games.
•    The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 148 straight contests, extending the streak with three trifectas at Rutgers on Tuesday 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.

Detroit, Mich., natives Rashad Williams and Deante “Spider” Johnson have signed National Letters of Intent to attend CSU beginning in the fall of 2018.
•    A 6-foot-3 point guard, Wiliams 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.
•    The 6-foot-9 Johnson was named to the Class C all-state team and was selected as the Class C Defensive Player of the Year in Michigan.
•    He led the school to its first regional championship and appearance in the state semifinals, posting 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the state semifinal contest.
•    One of the top defensive players in the State of Michigan with a 7-foot wingspan, Johnson averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots, while shooting 68-percent from the field last year.

•    The Vikings continue play in the Showcase on the Banks Classic with a 7:00 pm contest at ECU on Monday (Nov. 20).
•    CSU closes play in the event on Friday (Nov. 24) when the Vikings host Central Connecticut at 5:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.


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