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Notre Dame College at Cleveland State Game Preview

*** Cleveland State University Press Release***

GAME #9
Notre Dame College (3-6) at Cleveland State (2-6)

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center
Live Stats | ESPN3 | AM 1420

PDF GAME NOTES
Notre Dame College at Cleveland State

GAME #9
Notre Dame College (3-6) at Cleveland State (2-6)

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center
Live Stats | ESPN3 | AM 1420

PDF GAME NOTES
Notre Dame College at Cleveland State

GAME PREVIEW:
•     Cleveland State returns home for the first time in two weeks and the fourth time this year when the Vikings host Notre Dame College on Sunday (Dec. 10) at 2:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.
•    The Vikings are 2-6 this year following a 78-67 setback at Western Michigan on Wednesday night.
•    Notre Dame (OH) is 3-6 this year and fell at West Virginia State, 98-88, on Wednesday. The Falcons also host Charleston on Saturday.
•    Sunday’s game will be available on AM 1420, AM 1220 and AM 1440, as well as ESPN3 with Al Pawlowski (play-by-play) and Pat Vuyancih (analyst) providing the call.
•    Sunday is a Family Value Weekend with $1 hot dogs, and a FREE KidZone. The first 1,000 fans will receive Viking lip balm.
•    Tickets are available by phone or text at 216-687-4848, in-person at the Wolstein Center Box Office or online at www.csuvikings.com.

THE NOTRE DAME (OH) SERIES:
•     Sunday will be the first meeting in men’s basketball between CSU and Notre Dame (OH).

GAME 8: @WESTERN MICHIGAN 78, CSU 67 (12/6/17):
•     The Vikings fell at Western Michigan on Wednesday night.
•    Tyree Appleby scored a career-high 24 points with three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
•    Kenny Carpenter scored 13 points with three steals and Bobby Word added 13 points. Anthony Wright finished with seven points and nine rebounds and Kasheem Thomas scored nine points.
•    WMU went 27-of-37 at the free throw line, including 24-of-33 in the second half to hold off CSU’s rally.

APPLEBY NAMED HL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK:
•     Tyree Appleby was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week on Monday (Dec. 4) for the first time in his career.
•    Appleby averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games last week, shooting .562 (9-16) from the floor.
•    In Wednesday’s win vs. Arkansas State, Appleby scored seven points and dished out a career-high seven assists, adding two rebounds and two steals. On Saturday at Kent State, he poured in 13 points, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor, adding three boards and a steal.

… AND POURS IN CAREER HIGH:
•     Tyree Appleby scored a career-high 24 points in Wednesday’s setback at Western Michigan.
•    Appleby hit 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.

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 8.5 points and ranks fifth in the League with 7.5 rebounds per game.
•    After coming off the bench in the first two games, Wright has drawn a starting assignment in each of the last five contests.

CARPENTER NETS CAREER HIGH:
•     Senior Kenny 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.
•    Carpenter – who scored 24 points in the first half – 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.

CARPENTER DOUBLES UP (x2):
•     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).

… AND BEGINS SENIOR YEAR STRONG:
•     Through seven games – he missed the game at ECU due to illness – Kenny Carpenter leads the team in scoring (14.0) and assists (3.3) and ranks second in rebounding (6.6).
•    Carpenter ranks 13th in the League in scoring and eighth in rebounding and assists.
•    In addition, he is shooting .500 (41-82) from the field, which is fifth best in the League. He is also fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).

HIGHSMITH MAKES CSU DEBUT:
•     Dontel Highsmith made his CSU debut at ECU (Nov. 20) after missing the first three games of the season.
•    He posted nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals at ECU.
•    He scored a team-high 17 points vs. CCSU (Nov. 24), going 8-of-12 from the floor.
•    Highsmith is a graduate transfer from Northern Illinois where he spent the 2013-17 seasons, missing two years (2014-16) with knee injuries. He started all 32 games last year, averaging 6.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.

APPLEBY HAS STRONG START TO FRESHMAN YEAR:
•     Freshman Tyree Appleby has also had a solid start to his collegiate career, averaging 11.6 points, 1.9  rebounds, and 2.8 assists, while leading the team with 13 steals.
•    He is 18th in the League in scoring – second highest among all freshman – 16th in assists and ninth in steals.
•    Appleby scored a career-high 24 points at Western Michigan (12/6), hitting 8-of-10 from the floor, including four of five from three-point.
•    The Arkansas native dished out a career-high and CSU season-high seven assists in a win over Arkansas State (Nov. 29).
•    Appleby scored a team-high 13 points in the season opener at Akron (Nov. 11) and tallied a career-best 15 points – all in the second half – at ECU (Nov. 20).

THOMAS IN THE STARTING LINEUP:
•     Kasheem Thomas has started all 39 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 has started all eight games this season.

CARDIAC VIKINGS:
•     CSU played in three straight one-possession games from Nov. 20 through Nov. 29.
•    The Vikings fell at ECU, 72-69 (Nov. 20), lost at home to Central Connecticut, 74-73, (Nov. 24), and knocked off Arkansas State, 75-72, on Nov. 29.
•    It’s the first time CSU has played in three straight one possession 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).

VIKINGS TIE THREE POINT MARK:
•     The Vikings went 14-of-32 from three-point against Coppin State (Nov. 17), 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.
•    CSU hit 13 three’s vs. Central Connecticut (Nov. 24), tied for the second most in a game in program history.

FOR THREE:
•    CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 605 consecutive games.
•    The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 154 straight contests, extending the streak with eight trifectas at Western Michigan on Wednesday 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.

UP NEXT:
•    After a week off for final exams, the Vikings will return to action on Tuesday (Dec. 19) with a 7:00 pm game at Niagara.
•    CSU will also play at Cincinnati on Thursday (Dec. 21) at 7:00 pm and return home to host Toledo on Saturday (Dec. 23) at 2:00 pm.
•    The Vikings travel to Michigan State on Dec. 29 for the final non-league game of the season.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for LastWordOnSports.com. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on AllSportsCleveland.com.

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