Vikings Open Homestand With Non-Conference Finale

Vikings Open Homestand With Non-Conference Finale

GAME #13
Niagara (5-4) at Cleveland State (4-8)

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland, Ohio | Wolstein Center
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Niagara at Cleveland State

• Cleveland State opens a three-game homestand with its non-conference finale as it hosts Niagara Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
• The Vikings are coming off an overtime loss at Illinois State (88-77) in which they held a late lead but were unable to hold on.
• Niagara is 5-4 and enters Wednesday's game on a three-game winning streak with wins over Pitt, New Hampshire and Cornell.
• The Purple Eagles are among the top 25 in Division I in fewest turnovers along with free throw percentage.
• Senior forward Marvin Prochet is the reigning MAAC Player of the Week after notching his fifth double-double.
• The game will be broadcast live on AM 1420 with Al Pawlowski and Pat Vuyancih on the call.
• The game will also be streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

• This will be the ninth all-time meeting between these teams.
• The Purple Eagles held off a late CSU rally to claim a 79-77 win last year. CSU shot 50% from the floor compared to 41% for NU, but the Purple Eagles had a 15-4 advantage in second chance points.
• CSU is 3-0 against Niagara at home, but this will be the first meeting between the teams in the Wolstein Center.

• The teams CSU has lost to are a combined 65-23.
• Two CSU opponents had just one loss and four opponents had only two losses entering the week.
• Six CSU opponents are ranked among the top 110 in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET), the new metric which has replaced the RPI.

GAME 12: ISU 88, CSU 77 (OT) (12/16/18):
Tyree Appleby hit a pair of free throws with 3.3 seconds left to give CSU a 75-73 lead, but host ISU tied it with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds left and went on to claim the win in overtime.
• The Vikings forced a season-high 19 turnovers and had eight steals, their most vs. a DI opponent this season.
Rashad Williams led CSU with 25 points, Jaalam Hill had a game-high 12 boards & Tyree Appleby led CSU with seven assists.
• CSU made a season-high 20 free throws on 25 attempts.

Rashad Williams had a breakout performance last time out, scoring a season-high 25 points.
• He was 8-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-11 from three, with his seven made three-pointers breaking the CSU freshman record.
• Williams' effort against the Redbirds was his fifth double-figure scoring game and the third time he led the team in points.

Tyree Appleby earned HL Player of the Week honors Dec. 10.
• He became the first Viking to earn that honor since 2014-15.
Rashad Williams earned HL Freshman of the Week Dec. 17.
• Williams joined Appleby as active Vikings to win that honor.

Tyree Appleby has reached double figures in scoring in six straight games, a career long streak.
• Appleby has 15+ points in five of the past six games and has seven such efforts on the year.
• Appleby had a career-high 37 points Dec. 5 vs. Bowling Green.
• Appleby had 21 points last time out, making a career-high tying 12 free throws, en route to his fourth 20-point effort this season.

Tyree Appleby had a career-high 10 assists Dec. 9 to notch his first double-double as a collegian as he finished with 12 points.
• He has at least six assists in seven of the past 10 games and at least eight assists in three of the past six.
• Appleby is third in the HL with 5.4 assists/game.
• He also has at least one steal in 11 straight games, a career long.

• Cleveland State set a single-game school record with 15 made three-pointers Dec. 5 vs. Bowling Green.
• The Vikings had tied the previous record of 14 in four games last season but surpassed that standard against the Falcons.
• The large magnitude of three's did not come at the expense of efficiency as CSU shot 50% from distance in the game (15-for-30).
• Six Vikings contributed to the record with Tyree Appleby's seven treys and Stefan Kenic's four triples leading the way.
• CSU followed up the record-breaking effort with 13 threes and has hit at least 10 threes in four of the past five games.

• Toledo is the only one of 12 foes to commit fewer fouls than CSU this season, being charged with 18 compared to 22 on the Vikings.
• A player on the opposing team has fouled out in five games while a Viking has yet to foul out in 2018-19.

• Through the first six games of the season, no Viking had played more than 30 minutes in a game and no player had reached 30 minutes more than once.
Tyree Appleby has played over 30 minutes in five of the past six games, hitting 35 minutes three times, including a career-high 38 last time out.
Stefan Kenic has played 30+ minutes in four of the past six games, playing a career-high 37 last time out, while Seth Millner has done it twice.
• Five Vikings played 27+ minutes at DePaul, marking the first time this season that five players all played 25+ minutes in a game.
• Six Vikings played 25+ minutes last time out in the overtime loss at Illinois State.

• Junior college transfer Jaalam Hill is shooting 55.7% from the floor (44-for-79).
• Hill tied his season high of 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting at DePaul, including hitting a pair of threes, when he made his first start of the season (11/28).
• Hill had a team season-high 12 rebounds last time out, two games after he collected 11 boards vs. Bowling Green (12/5).
• He is averaging 7.9 rebounds over his past eight games and 9.0 over the past four.
• Hill is averaging 8.3 points and 6.9 rebounds, tops on the team and sixth in the HL.
• Hill has five double-figuring scoring games and three double-figure rebounding efforts this season.

Kasheem Thomas has shown improvement in a number of areas in his third season.
• Thomas entered the season shooting 28% from three in his career but is shooting 48.4% from distance this season.
• He tied his career high of three triples Dec. 9 vs. Notre Dame (Ohio).
• He shot 71.2% from the line in his career entering this season but is shooting 76.0% in 2018-19.
• Thomas is also averaging career bests in rebounds (3.3) & assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6).
• Thomas is averaging 4.8 assists in the month of December.

• Cleveland State held Toledo to an 8-for-34 mark on three-pointers in its Dec. 1 game.
• The Rockets' 23.5% mark from deep is their lowest in their past 39 regular-season games.
• That effort against the Rockets is part of a stretch that has seen CSU hold its opponent below 30% shooting from three in six straight games.
• CSU's first six opponents shot a combined 34% from beyond the arc while the last six have combined to shoot 25% from distance.
• No CSU opponent has made double-digit three-pointers since the season opener at Davidson while the Vikings have hit 10+ threes themselves six times in the same span.

• Cleveland State has taken 267 free throws through 12 games, a mark that ranks among the top 40 in Division I and third in the Horizon League.
Tyree Appleby leads the team with 61 attempts while Algevon Eichelberger has 39.

• After scoring a combined six points in the first two games, Stefan Kenic stepped up his scoring output.
• Kenic has scored 10+ in nine of the past 10 games.
• Kenic made a career-high four three's in each of the last two home games, scoring 15 points vs. BG (12/5) and 18 vs. NDC (12/9).
• He tied his career high with 19 points against SCSU (11/16).
• He added 15 points and six rebounds vs. Samford, including making a career-high eight free throws (11/18).
• Kenic had a team-high 13 points at Ohio State (11/23) and then had 11 points & a career-high tying eight rebounds at DePaul (11/28).
• Kenic has taken 96 field goal attempts in the last nine games after having only 11 in the opening three games.

• CSU rallied from an 11-point deficit in its Dec. 5 win over BG.
• It marked the first double-digit comeback for CSU under Dennis Felton in a regular-season game. However, the Vikings did have two such comebacks in the Horizon League Tournament last year.
• It was the largest comeback in a regular-season game for CSU since Jan. 16, 2016.

• CSU enters Wednesday's game with a school record streak of 644 straight games with a three-pointer.
• The Vikings have hit at least three three's in 193 straight games.
• 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 Vikings set a single-season school record for three-pointers made (294) and threes attempted (863) in 2017-18, breaking the old records of 247 makes and 709 attempts.
• CSU tied the previous single-game school record of 14 three pointers made in four different games last year.

• CSU is on pace to finish the regular season with 310 three's, which would break last season's school record.
• CSU is second in the Horizon League and is among the top 15 in Division I with its 120 made three-pointers this season.

• CSU did not get more than 70% of potential defensive rebounds in any of its first four games, twice falling short of the 60% mark.
• The Vikings have grabbed at least 76% of potential defensive rebounds in six of the past eight games.
• CSU got a season-high 82.4% of potential defensive rebounds last time out at Illinois State, holding ISU to just six offensive boards.

• Cleveland State grabbed just eight offensive rebounds combined in its opening two games this season.
• In the past 10 games, the Vikings have combined for 116 offensive rebounds, grabbing at least 12 on six occasions.

• The Vikings' bench outscored its opponents in nine of 12 games.
• CSU has a 298-198 advantage in bench points on the year, an average of 8.3 points better per game.
Rashad Williams leads the team with 102 bench points while Jaalam Hill has 71.
• CSU's bench outscored its opponent in just 14 of 35 games last season.

• CSU is 4-0 this season when leading at the half.
• CSU is 4-0 when holding their opponent under 70 points.

• CSU continues a three-game homestand by welcoming Oakland for its Horizon League opener Friday, Dec. 28.