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."