Vikings Winning With Defense

 By: Emmett Golden

They say defense wins championships, well the Cleveland State Vikings looked primed to make a run at competing for the Horizon League title this year as they improve to 7-0.

In a game that saw CSU shoot 7 of 33 from the field & 1 for 12 from behind the arch in the first half, it was defense & only defense that kept The Vikings in the game.

“We didn’t play Cleveland State basketball tonight, but we did play Cleveland State basketball defensively” coach Gary Waters said when speaking of his teams 69-51 win over St. Bonaventure at the Wolstein Center on Saturday night.

Senior guard Norris Cole had another tough opening half, coming up empty on all nine shots he took in the first half. Norris was picked up 18 points from fellow guard Jeremy Montgomery and 10 points & 9 rebounds from junior forward Aaron Pogue.

Cole came out in the second half very aggressive driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line to help him finish with 16 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

At times St. Bonaventure looked completely helpless against CSU’s pressure. “I thought we had a difficult time with their pressure, we knew what to expect we just didn’t do a good job to counteract it,” Coach Mark Schmidt said when asked, what was the difference in the game.

Although they out rebounded the Vikings, St. Bonnie turned the ball over 24 times and it’s almost impossible to win a game when you turn the ball over that many times. At one point in the game St. Bonnies was held scoreless for over five minutes in the second half.

Cleveland State will try to extend their winning streak when Robert Morris comes to the Wolstein Center Monday night at 6 o’clock.

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