Vikings Hold On To Remain Perfect

By: Emmett Golden

The Cleveland State Vikings got taste of their own medicine in Monday night‘s 58-53 win to improve to 8-0 on the season. Up 43-23 over Robert Morris with 15 minutes left in the game, they ran into a scrappy defense. CSU turned the ball over 8 times in second half, which lead to RMU closing the gap to 55-53 with 1:13 left in the game. “I think they were exhausted in the second half.” Waters said of his team when asked if they ran out of gas.

Heading into the locker room at half time the Vikings looked like they were hitting on all cylinders, leading 33-17. Guard Norris Cole scored 17 of his 29 points in the first half to equaling the entire Robert Morris roster.  Norris’s backcourt mate Trey Harmon finished with 13 points, scoring in double figures for the fifth straight game.

 

Cleveland State Guard Norris COle

 

Robert Morris’s second half surge was fueled by sophomore forward Russell Johnson, who finished with 22 points and 4 rebounds. With 7 minutes left in the game, RMU junior Lawrence Bridges was fighting for a rebound with the Vikings Aaron Pogue, who finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds, when he was hit by an elbow that left him unconscious on the floor for over 5 minutes.

“He got caught with an elbow, it was a clean play, and after he laid there for a second and got himself together he remembered what happen, but he’ll under go concussion test over the next couple days,” RMU head coach Andrew Toole said.

This should serve as a valuable lesson to the Vikings as the hit the road to start conference play with two games against Green Bay on Thursday at 7pm and at Milwaukee on Saturday night.

In this win the Vikings may have learned the most valuable of all lessons, “We learned, we got to finish teams out,” Cole said. We’ll young man, Knowing Is Half The Battle.

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