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The men's basketball team prepares for its game agaisnt Arkansas State.

 

Dec. 11, 2017

Men’s basketball team goes 1-1 on home stand

The Vikings men’s basketball team just finished up a quick, two-game home stand in which they went 1-1.

They played Central Connecticut University in a game that they only lost by one point after trailing by 14 at the half. They took on Arkansas State University and won 75-72.

The Central Connecticut Blue Devils got out to a 43-29 halftime lead over the Vikings. Junior guard Austin Nehls, who scored a team-high 19 points on 6-13 from the field, led the Blue Devils on offense.

Junior guard Dontel Highsmith scored a team high 17 points for the Vikings on 8-12 shooting from the field. Senior Bobby Word chipped in 15 points on 5-6 on threes.

The two teams shot well from the field with Cleveland State shooting an impressive 49.1 percent while Central Connecticut shot 46.7 percent.

Rebounding was the big difference in the matchup. The Blue Devils outrebounded the Vikings 38-29, including 14 to 6 on offensive rebounds. This led Central Connecticut to get 13 second-chance points compared to just four for the Vikings. Central Connecticut won the game 74-73.

Cleveland State allowed the Blue Devils to get into the paint too often, allowing the Blue Devils to score 38 points.

The Vikings also took on Arkansas State and they got their revenge from last year. Last season they played at Arkansas State and took a tough 78-51 loss. This year they came out on top with a 75-72 victory.

Senior Kenny Carpenter led the team with 34 minutes and added a team high 17 points on 7 of 10 shots. Bobby Word added 11 points, as well as two crucial free throws in the concluding seconds of the game.

CSU benefited from 18 Arkansas State turnovers and converting those turnovers to 22 points on the offensive end.

The bench for Cleveland State did well, chipping in 27 points. Dontel Highsmith played 28 minutes off the bench and delivered 10 points, four steals and three rebounds.

The rest of December, the Vikings play just two home games and have five on the road. Including games against the University of Cincinnati and Michigan State University.



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