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CSU Vikings Prepare For The Showcase on the Banks Classic

November 19, 2017

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

Monday, November 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center
Live Stats | ESPN3 | AM 1420

Cleveland State at ECU

• Cleveland State plays on the road for the third time in the first four games of the season when the Vikings travel to ECU for a 7:00 pm contest on Monday (Nov. 20).
• The Vikings are 1-2 this year and are coming off an 80-56 victory over Coppin State on Friday night in the home opener.
• ECU is also 1-2 after a 79-68 setback at home to Central Connecticut on Friday night.
• Monday’s game will be the third for both teams in the Showcase on the Banks Classic.
• Al Pawlowski will have the call of the game on AM 1420 and AM 1440.
• Monday 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 (Coppin State last Friday).
GAME 3: CSU 80, COPPIN STATE 56 (11/17/17): 
• The Vikings defeated Coppin State, 80-56, in the home opener to give Dennis Felton his first victory as CSU head coach.
Kenny Carpenter scored a career-high 26 points, including 24 in the first half, to lead the Vikings. He also had 11 rebounds for his second double-double in three games this year.
Stefan Kenic scored 13 points, while Anthony Wright added seven points and 10 rebounds and Kasheem Thomas had five assists.
• CSU tied the single game school record with 14 three-pointers, going 14-of-32 from long range.
• First-year head coach Dennis Felton earned his first victory at CSU with Friday’s 80-56 win over Coppin State.
• Felton, who made his CSU regular season debut on Nov. 11 at Akron, 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 Kenny Carpenter scored a career-high 26 points in Friday’s (Nov. 17) win over Coppin State, bettering his old career-high of 24 points set at UIC as a sophomore.
• Carpenter – who scored 24 points in the first half on Friday – hit 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. Carpenter is the first CSU player to make six three’s since Charlie Lee hit six at Oakland on Feb. 6, 2014.
Kenny Carpenter has posted two double-doubles through the first three games 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).
• Through three games, Kenny Carpenter leads the team in scoring (16.0), rebounding (9.7) and assists (3.7).
• Carpenter is shooting .588 (20-34) from the field this year, including 7-of-15 (.467) from three-point.
• The Vikings went 14-of-32 from three-point against Coppin State on Friday, tying the single game mark for three’s made in a game.
• It marked the fourth time in school history that CSU hit 14 three’s in a game and the first since Feb. 6, 2014 at Oakland.
• Freshman Stefan Kenic has had a strong start to his collegiate career, ranking second on the team in scoring (11.3) and adding 3.3 rebounds.
• He has scored in double figures in all three games this season.
• Kenic is shooting 40-percent from three point (6-15).
• Freshman Tyree Appleby has also had a solid start to his collegiate career. He is averaging 8.7 points and 2.0 rebounds.
• Appleby scored a team-high 13 points in the season opener at Akron.
• He earned all-state honors in each of his three seasons at Jacksonville HS and was ranked among the top-10 players in Arkansas as a senior.
Kasheem Thomas has started all 34 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 all three 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 600 consecutive games.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 149 straight contests, extending the streak with 14 trifectas against Coppin State on Friday 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.
• CSU closes play in the Showcase on the Banks Classic on Friday (Nov. 24) when the Vikings host Central Connecticut at 5:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.
• The Vikings remain home to host Arkansas State on Wednesday (Nov. 29) at 7:00 pm.


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