Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cleveland State 77, Cedarville 37: CSU knocks down 12 3-pointers in win over Cedarville

Edwards, Carpenter combine for 35 points in CSU Win

BY TOM MIESKOSKI

With Cleveland State's Horizon League opener just five days away, Vikings head coach Gary Waters used Tuesday nights final nonconference game against Division II Cedarville as an opportunity to work on some things.

Waters made it an emphasis in practice this week to work on rebounding, cutting down on turnovers and making lay-ups.

"Every time they turned the ball over (in practice) they had to run and they hated that," said Waters. "Our goal every game is to be 10 (turnovers) or less."

On Tuesday, CSU turned it over 12 times in a 77-37 blowout victory at the Wolstein Center. Only four turnovers came in the final 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

BGSU 62, Cleveland State 47: Cold shooting Vikings fall to Falcons

BGSU's 19-4 run sinks CSU

BY TOM MIESKOSKI

Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters usually opens every press conference by saying: "I give honor to god first."

But after Wednesday's 62-47 loss to Bowling Green State University, Waters opened with a question.

"Can you shoot any worse?" he said. "You can't beat anybody shooting 27 percent."

CSU (4-8) shot season-lows from the field (27.1 percent) and from three-point range (15 percent) and had its season-high two game winning streak snapped. They made just 16 of 59 shots from the field and were three of 20 from long range.

"The last three or four games we shot the ball better, but today we went back to not shooting it well," said Waters. "The key is to make this just one game. We got to look at this about one game that we didn't shoot well."

Monday, December 21, 2015

Edwards Named Horizon League Freshmen of the Week

For the second time this season, Cleveland State freshman Rob Edwards has been named Horizon League Freshman of the Week.

The conference announced the honor today.

In Saturday's 67-65 upset of Belmont, the Detroit, Michigan native had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from long range.

Edwards, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, leads the Vikings in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game, while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor.

He'll take the floor with CSU (4-7) again on Wednesday afternoon when the Vikings host Bowling Green State University at 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Cleveland State 67, Belmont 65: Demonte Flannigan hits game winner to lift Vikings over Bruins

Flannigan scores final eight points to lift CSU to victory

By Tom Mieskoski

Gary Waters' young Cleveland State squad are starting to come together.

Coming off a big road win at Loyola of Chicago on Wednesday, CSU battled Belmont, an NCAA tournament team a year ago and ranked No. 11 in this week's CollegeInsider's Mid-Major top 25 poll, toe-to-toe until the final seconds Saturday with the Vikings pulling out a 67-65 nonconference win at the Wolstein Center.

With CSU's offense struggling to score late in the second half, it was junior Demonte Flannigan who stepped up and carried the Vikings on his back. The Villa-Angela-St. Joseph product scored CSU's last eight points, including the game-winner.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ohio 76, Cleveland State 67: Bobcats’ second-half offensive firepower too much for Vikings

OU outscores CSU 40-33 in second half

By Tom Mieskoski

Cleveland State could not keep up with Ohio University's high-scoring offense.

OU, which came in averaging 82.1 points per game, shot 49 percent en route to a 76-67 non-conference victory in front of 3,261 fans at the Q.

The 67 points were a season-high for the Vikings (2-7), who are averaging 59.1 points a game.

OU (5-3) exploited its superior height to dominate the interior, building a 42-26 advantage in points in the paint, and a 37-32 edge in rebounding. They also held a 15-7 advantage in second chance points.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Kent State 66, Cleveland State 62: Waters conducts team meeting after Vikings' loss

Edwards scores 14 in loss to Kent State

By Tom Mieskoski

Following a 66-62 loss to Kent State on Saturday afternoon at the Q, Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters held a team meeting that lasted about an hour.

The loss to the Golden Flashes marked CSU's fourth straight defeat and fifth in the last six games.

"A lot of stuff went on in there," said Waters, whose squad dropped to 2-6. "The biggest culmination was that we let a team out tough us out there. And I think that cost us the game. I'm talking about in the paint and offensive rebounds.

"I had to tell them about our team. Our team doesn't have a lot of room for error out there. When you have two guys you are counting on as your main guys, they have to bring it and that didn't happen today. Rob (Edwards) came through, but the other one didn't."

Monday, November 30, 2015

Rob Edwards earns Horizon League Freshman of the Week

Cleveland State freshman Rob Edwards earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week. The conference announced the honor today.

Edward, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Detroit, Mich., averaged 12.7 points per game in CSU's three games last week.

His career-high 17 points helped CSU defeat Rider in Cancun and earned him a spot on the Cancun Challenge Mayan Division All-Tournament team.

He followed up his performance in Cancun, scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in a loss to No. 2 Maryland on Saturday night.

Edwards closed out the first month of his career, averaging 10.7 points per game and leads the program with 2.2 steals.

He'll take the floor with CSU (2-3) again on Wednesday night at Toledo. The Vikings return home to host Kent State at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the first of five games at the Q.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Myles Hamilton Could Make Cleveland State debut Tuesday

By Tom Mieskoski

Cleveland State's struggling offense could get a boost Tuesday as Myles Hamilton could make his Vikings debut against Rider in the opening game of the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico (12:30 p.m., YouTube).

"He should be ready to go for the Rider game," Vikings head coach Gary Waters said last week at his media gathering.

Hamilton, a Kennessaw State transfer, has been suspended for the first three games for a violation of team rules.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cleveland State signs Clayborne, Lucien

By Tom Mieskoski

Cleveland State coach Gary Waters officially announced the signings of Evan Clayborne and Andy Lucien on Thursday afternoon at his media gathering.

"Clayborne is a shot blocker and Lucien is a shooter," said Waters.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cleveland State 62, Malone 46: Vikings gets first win of season in home opener

Flannigan has 22 points, 17 rebounds in CSU win

By Tom Mieskoski

The Cleveland State men's basketball team earned its first victory of the season on Tuesday night, defeating Malone, 62-46, at the Wolstein Center.

The game was much closer then the final score would indicate.

It took CSU (1-1) nearly 24 minutes to find its offense.

Trailing, 29-24 with 16:44 to go, CSU turned to its defense to create some offense.

Coming out of the timeout, the Vikings went on a 19-1 run to take a 43-30 advantage and never looked back.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Lucien Signs with Cleveland State

Andy Lucien
Andy Lucien officially signed his Letter of Intent with Cleveland State on Friday.

Lucien, a 6-foot-7 forward from North Olmsted, averaged 18.5 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior.

He plays center in high school. but is projected to be a stretch four in college.

Lucien also received offers from Ohio and UNC-Ashville, as well as interest from several DII programs.

He joins Evan Clayborne, who signed with CSU on Thursday in Gary Waters' class of 2016.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Clayborne Signs with Cleveland State

Evan Clayborne
Evan Clayborne became the first of Cleveland State's two verbal commitments to sign with the Vikings.

Clayborne signed his Letter of Intent on Thursday afternoon at a press conference at Dayton Thurgood Marshall High School.

A 6-foot-7 post player, Clayborne averaged 6.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.9 blocked shots as a junior for Dayton Dunbar High School.

Clayborne has transferred to Dayton Thurgood Marshall for his senior season.

CSU is still waiting to receive a LOI from Andy Lucien.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cleveland State suspends Myles Hamilton

By Tom Mieskoski 

Myles Hamilton's debut at Cleveland State will be delayed.

The team announced on Wednesday that Hamilton has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

"[There's] a great possibility you won't see him all of November," Vikings head coach Gary Waters said at his media gathering on Wednesday.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Cleveland State Basketball set for public intrasquad scrimmages on Saturday

Cleveland State fans will get their first look at Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters teams when the Vikings play its Green and White scrimmage games Saturday at the Wolstein Center as part of its Hallo-Hoops event.

Admission is free. Doors will open at 10 a.m.

The CSU women's team will scrimmage at 10:00 a.m. Peterson Abiad's squad, coming off its first WNIT appearance, welcomes back seven letterwinners, as well as four players who sat out last season due to injuries.

Making their debuts for Peterson Abiad's squad are freshmen Mariana Bautista (5-7, guard), Sierra Davidson (6-0, forward), Nicolete Newman (5-7, guard) and Emily Stoller (6-2, guard).

The CSU men, picked to finish seventh in the Horizon League, return four regulars from last year's team that won 19 games and advanced to the postseason for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.

Making their debuts for Waters squad are transfer guard Myles Hamilton (6.2 points, 17 starts at Kennessaw State), redshirt freshman Jonothan Janssen, and freshmen Jibri Blount (6-7, forward), Rob Edwards (6-4, guard) and Jeron Rogers (6-7, forward).

An autograph session, trick-or-treating, games, activities for kids 12 and under will follow the men's scrimmage inside the Wolstein Center concourse, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Vikings set to retire numbers of Cole, Klein: CSU announced on Friday that it will retire Norris Cole's and Kailey Klein's jersey numbers in a ceremony on Feb. 6.

Cole will have his jersey number 30 retired prior to the men's game against Oakland, while Klein will have her jersey number 23 retired at the half.

Both Cole and Klein made significant impacts on the Viking programs during their four-year careers.

A Dayton native and current member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Cole is the school's all-time leader in games played (140), consecutive games played (140) and minutes played (4,114), while ranking third in CSU history in scoring (1, 978).

Cole is best known for posting a 40-point, 20 rebound, nine assists game against Youngstown State as a senior. He is the only player in the in Horizon League history to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the same season when he earned both honors in 2011.

Klein, a Cherry, Ill. native, led the CSU women's basketball program to its only two NCAA tournament appearances (2008, 10). She finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in CSU history in points (2,140), free throws made (605) and free throws attempted (762).

Klein is best known for her Horizon League tournament performance as a senior. After being snubbed the Player of the Year, Klein then went out and set the Horizon League tournament record, scoring 80 points in three games en route to tournament MVP.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Maitre de-commits from Cleveland State; Lucien commits

Cleveland State received some good news and bad news on the recruiting trail.

The bad news came when Richardson Maitre de-committed from the Vikings on Tuesday. Maitre's decommitment was first reported by SourceHoops.com.

The good news came a few hours later when Andy Lucien announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to play for Gary Waters and the Vikings.


Lucien, a 6-foot-7 forward from North Olmsted, took an official visit to CSU earlier in the day. He also had offers from Ohio and UNC Asheville, as well as interest from several DII programs.

"I always wanted to go there throughout this recruiting process and even before that when I was a kid," Lucien told PrepHoopsOhio.com. "They really want to help me become the best basketball player I can be. It's a perfect fit."

Lucien averaged 18.5 points and eight rebounds per game last year as a junior.

Maitre, a point guard from West Oaks Academy in Fla., announced his committed to CSU on Sept. 28. The Montreal, Canada native reopened his commitment after recently receiving high-major interest.

Waters told the media last week that CSU could sign up to three recruits for the class of 2016.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cleveland State lands first basketball commit in 2016 class

Richardson Maitre
Cleveland State landed its first commitment in the Class of 2016 as 6-foot-2 guard Richardson Maitre pledged to head coach Gary Waters on Monday, according to multiple media reports.

Maitre attends West Oaks Academy in Orlando.

The Montreal, Canada native is a bit under the radar in the class of 2016. He made a name for himself this summer playing for the Brookwood Elite AAU program where he shined at a number of top-tier showcases.

At the Adidas Gauntlet in Atlanta, Maitre averaged 13.9 points per game and had an 18:10 assist to turnover ratio.

Maitre also received offers from Middle Tennessee State, UTEP, Quinnipiac, Bradley, Sam Houston State, and New Mexico State.

He took an official visit to CSU on Sept. 11 and also visited UTEP and Bradley.

NorthPoleHoops.com ranks Maitre as the 17th best prospect in Canada's class of 2016.

He is the second Brookwood Elite alum to commit to the Vikings in the past two months. In August, Daniel Levitt, a freshmen guard from Montreal, announced he will walkon to the CSU program this fall.

The Vikings are also recruiting Brookwood Elite's 6-foot-5 wing Max Boursiquot, who holds offers from CSU, Albany, Binghampton, and Bryant.

Photo: NorthPoleHoops.com

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cleveland State Basketball Announces 2015-16 Non-Conference Schedule

The Cleveland State men's basketball team released its complete 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday.

The 31-game schedule had been coming together over the course of the summer, but with the official unveiling, we now know the Vikings' final two non-conference opponents – Malone and Cedarville.

Early season highlights include two games at the Q, two games in Cancun and road contests at Rhode Island and Maryland.

The biggest surprise was that Gary Waters elected not to have an exhibition game, instead CSU will have two closed-door scrimmages against non-Division I programs.

The toughest stretch of CSU's non-conference schedule comes in November as five of their six games are away from the Wolstein Center.

CSU will open the season in Kent, Ohio. The Vikings will face Akron on Nov. 14 at Kent State's M.A.C. Center as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Doubleheader, with Kent battling Youngstown State in the other game.

Three days later, the Vikings will host Malone in its lone home game in November, before hitting the road for five straight.

They close out November with four games in the Cancun Challenge.

The Vikings open the Cancun Challenge on the road at Rhode Island on Nov. 21, then head to Cancun, Mexico for two more. CSU will face Rider on Nov. 24, and then they will play either Houston Baptist or South Dakota State the next day.

CSU concludes the Cancun Challenge at Maryland on Nov. 28. The game will be televised on the Big 10 Network.

The month of December is much kinder to the Vikings who will play five of its final seven non-conference games at home.

They open December on the road at Toledo, then return home for two straight at the Q, hosting Kent State on Dec. 5 and Ohio on Dec. 12.

After a road game at Loyola (Ill.), CSU closes out the non-conference season with three straight at the Wolstein Center. Belmont, an NCAA tournament team a year ago, visits Cleveland on Dec. 19, followed by Bowling Green (Dec. 23) and Cedarville (Dec. 29).

The Horizon League announced it conference schedule on Sept. 3.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cleveland State basketball announces 2015-16 HL schedule

The Horizon League announced its men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2015-16 season on Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

Cleveland State will open league play with six of its first 10 league games on the road.

The Vikings open league play at Oakland on Jan. 2, then two days later visit Detroit on Jan. 4.

CSU returns home for two straight. They host Green Bay on Jan. 7 and Milwaukee on Jan. 9 before hitting the road again.

Then CSU visits Wright State on Jan. 14 and two days later they make its first ever trip to Highland Heights, Ky. to face new league member Northern Kentucky.

After two straight home games against UIC (Jan. 18) and Youngstown State (Jan. 18) at the Q, CSU closes out January on the road at defending conference champion Valparaiso (Jan. 28) and UIC (Jan. 30).

The month of February is much kinder to the Vikings who finish the season with five of its final eight games at home - including hosting Valpo (Feb. 16) and Wright State (Feb. 27) at the Q.

The conference tournament will be held March 5-8 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kaza Keane latest to transfer out of Cleveland State

Kaza Keane
Cleveland State guard Kaza Keane has decided to transfer out of the basketball program, according to CSU Sports Information Director Greg Murphy.

Keane, who transferred to CSU last summer from Illinois State, started 20 of 34 games with the Vikings and averaged 4.4 points per game.

While Keane stayed in Canada, the rest of the CSU men's basketball team returned to campus Monday for summer classes.

Among the players enrolled for the second session of summer classes, include CSU's three November signees.

The incoming freshmen class includes 6-foot-6 forward Jibri Blount from Pittsburgh, Pa., 6-foot-2 guard Rob Edwards from Detroit, Mich., and 6-foot-7 forward Jeron Rogers from Houston, Tx.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Former Oral Roberts guard Bobby Word transfers to Cleveland State

Bobby Word
Former Oral Roberts guard Bobby Word will transfer to Cleveland State, he announced on his Twitter account on Saturday.

Word, who stands 6-foot-4, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 campaign, per NCAA transfer rules.

The Lancaster, TX native saw action in 64 career games with the Golden Eagles, making 30 starts. He averaged 7.6 points per game in his two seasons in Tulsa.