Photo by Abby Burton

 

Sophomore guard Rob Edwards makes a layup in the Bethune-Cookman game at the Q on Dec. 3.

 

December 13, 2016

Men’s basketball snaps four-game losing streak

 

The men’s basketball team defeated Western Michigan Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Q with a final score of 85-62.

Bobby Word scored a career-high 25 points and lead the Vikings in scoring, while Demonte Flannigan helped with 20 points.

The game was tight in the first half with Western Michigan being up by nine in the first six minutes of the game, but the Vikings answered with a 14-5 run to tie the game with a little under nine minutes left.

At halftime, the Vikings moved their lead up to six with a score of 37-31 and never lost the lead - once being as high as 25 points -  in the second half.

This game was the best of the season so far for the Vikings. They shot 34-58 from the field and held a 32-25 advantage on the boards.

Coach Waters said he was happy with how the team played and improved this time around.

“We were finally able to put 40 minutes together,” he said. “Our focus at halftime was to come out and shut them down defensively and we did that, holding them to 36 percent in the second half.”

Cleveland State University men’s basketball also defeated Bethune-Cookman with a final score of 73-62 at the Quicken Loans Arena Dec. 3. This victory ended their four game losing streak.

Leading the Vikings was Demonte Flannigan with 21 points, one assist and nine rebounds, just narrowly missing a double-double. This was Flannigan’s fifth time scoring 20 or more points in his career and he has his free throws to thank. He made five out of his six from the line.

Also helping the Vikings with their win was Robert Edward with 19 points, three rebounds and five assists.

The first half was tight, but ultimately Cleveland State remained ahead. In the first six minutes of the game, the Vikings built a 12-4 lead thanks to Bobby Word’s layup and three-pointer. This set the tone for the rest of the game with Cleveland State never giving up its lead.

By half-time, the Vikings had moved their lead up to nine points with a score of 38-24. The second half was consistent for Cleveland State as it pushed the lead up to 17 points four different times and never let it drop below double digits.

Head coach Gary Waters said in his press conference after the game that he was pleased overall with the game and how Cleveland State played, but he knew there were things to work on.

“I thought we played hard, especially on the defensive end,” Waters said. “We held them to 37 percent, but we have to get better on the offensive end.”

Waters also said he was also happy with the Vikings 40 points scored in the paint.

“We did a good job of attacking the basket in the first half and getting the ball inside,” he said. “I knew if we could get the ball inside that we could score.”

In the end, Waters explained that some of the team’s weak points could be coming from the fact that they played at the Quicken Loans Arena -- a place where the Vikings do not get to practice whatsoever.

“This was hard for us here because we never been in this gym all year and for me,” Waters said. “I really don’t like that because it’s a home court but it’s really not a home court because [we] don’t get to practice in the place, [we] just come in and play the game. We literally couldn’t even have a shoot around because the game was too early, so when they come and play on this court, they are doing exactly as we are - coming to play on this court.”


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