Cleveland State Back To Winning Ways

By: Emmett Golden

Cleveland State Vikings Faithful Cheer on Their Team

Coming off their first loss of the season, Cleveland State looked to bounce back against The University of South Florida Wednesday night at the Wolstein Center. Before one of the largest crowd of the season the Vikings begin the game in by pressing USF, looking to get off to a good start.

Although CSU’s defense was solid as usual, South Florida’s length and athleticism gave the Vikings trouble in the first half. USF out rebounded CSU 29 to 16. After Norris Cole headed to the bench with 2 points at the 10:08 mark, with Cleveland State trailing 13-9, junior Jeremy Montgomery took the leadership role, scoring 9 of his 21 points in the first half, keeping the Vikings close.

CSU got some big minutes off the bench by freshman Luda N’daye who score 7 points, all in the first half. “I just came out and try to play aggressively and not worry about scoring” Luda said, in a heavy French Canadian accent. After a tough first half, South Florida went into the locker room with a 26-24 lead.

In the second half it was all defense and all Norris Cole. Cole scored 25 second half points. Although CSU got slaughtered on the boards, the Vikings forced 24 turnovers with their signature, in your face defense. “You normally don’t win games when you get out rebounded 49-26, but the turnover difference, was the difference in the game,” coach Waters said.

CSU will try to continue their winning ways next Thursday as they take on Loyola at 7pm, at the Wolstein Center.

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