Cleveland State Off to Hot Start

By: Emmett Golden

The Cleveland State Men’s Basketball team is off to a record start.

After winning the World Vision Classic, the Vikings traveled down south to Louisiana and beat Louisiana Lafayette 60-55 last week.

”I thought we’d be in this position (5-0) with D’Aundray (Brown),” coach Gary Waters said, speaking of his senior guard, who hasn’t played this year because of a torn ligament in his right ring finger.

Even with Brown out, the team’s best defender, CSU is holding opponents to shooting 37% from the field and the Vikings have a  rebounding advantage of five over their opponents. This should not be a surprise. Anyone who knows Coach Waters knows he hangs his hat on defense.

Cleveland State's Norris Cole

The Waters’ gang are set to face their stiffest test this year when they travel down I-77 to battle The University of Akron. If the Vikings can get this win on the road, I’m sure seats on the CSU Bandwagon will begin to go fast!

Akron is 2-1 after beating Millikin & YSU. Their only loss coming to a good Dayton team. They have four players averaging double digits lead by Brett McClanahan’s 17.3 ppg.

Coach Waters believes Akron will be a tough game.

“They’ve got a great point guard,” Waters said. “He reminds me of Nash, the kid can really sink shots.”

Except CSU’s defense to get a good test on Wednesday night.

If The Vikings want to continue their winning streak, they need another great game from senior guard Norris Cole, who is averaging 21.6 ppg and 5.4 reb per game. Cole will have to get help from big man Aaron Pogue, as well as fellow guards Trevon Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery.

Montgomery played a huge roll in CSU’s come back win over Kent in the WVC. If they plan on making any noise come March, they have to have consistency from all five starters throughout the season.

You couldn’t have asked for a better start but the true question is, can they continue playing at this level for an entire year?

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