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Men's hoops defeats Old Dominion, advances to 4-1 record

November 26, 2012

By Stephanie Metzger

After two weeks of regular season play, the Cleveland State University men’s basketball team posts a 4-1 record on the year.

The team led off the season with a 92-49 blowout win over Grambling University before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich. in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. The Vikings defeated Bowling Green first in a close 79-73 overtime victory before falling to the nationally-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines 77-47.

The fifth-ranked Wolverines claimed an early lead and took off as Michigan sophomore Trey Burke and junior Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 and 17 points respectively to outmatch the Vikings. Anton Grady led the Vikings as he scored 15 points.

On Saturday, the team returned home to the Wolstein Center to host the Old Dominion University Monarchs.

The Vikings started out slow as they shot just 36 percent in the first half, allowing the Monarchs to exit the first half with a five-point lead.

Charlie Lee hit a three to resurrect the Vikings for the second half, but Old Dominion crafted a rebuttal of four straight points.

The Vikings tipped the scale in their favor just less than three minutes in to the half to make a 15-point run. From there, Cleveland State never looked back as they shot 52 percent during the half, despite the bench scoring just three points, to seal their third win of the year with a final score of 67-55.

Marlin Mason led the team with 17 points on the day as all five Viking starters scored in the double-digit category.

Head coach Gary Waters noted that the team played with a bit of hesitation in the first half, but improved as they started screening the zone. Waters also accredited the team’s tough defense, which he feels is an anchor in the team’s style of play.

“I thought our guys played a hard, tough second half,” Waters said. “What I was really impressed with was how hard we played defensively. That’s Cleveland State basketball.”

On Monday evening, the Vikings took their talents to Moon Township, Pa. to face the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in the NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation round.

Four Vikings posted numbers in double figures to advance the team to a 71-69 win. Lee, Grady, Sebastian Douglas and Tim Kamczyc all scored in double digits while freshman Bryn Forbes had a big game off the bench to hit a pair of three’s and score eight.

The Vikings’ next home game will be Dec. 1 as they host the University of Toledo Rockets.