The Butler Did It, (Again) To Cleveland State

By: Emmett Golden

The Cleveland State Vikings lost a tough one to Butler 73-61.

Cleveland State Coach Gary Waters (Courtesy of Cleveland Plain Dealer)

With 8,490 screaming fans dress in all black behind them, CSU never hit their offensive stride. The game had a promising start. Jeremy Montgomery, who finished with a team high 18 points, hit three consecutive threes and Norris Cole added a lay-up put the Vikings up 16-8 with 11:49 left in the first half. That’s when Butler went on a 18-6 run to take a 26-22 lead at the 5:05 mark in the first half. Both teams traded baskets after that and Butler ended the half with a 33-29 lead.

The second half began with consecutive baskets by Aaron Pogue and Trey Harmon to tie the score at 33-33. Trey and Aaron both picked up their third fouls shortly after that. Both players spent most of the game on the bench due to foul trouble. “They had Trey handcuffed, and he never was able to rebound from that” said coach Waters.

The second half remained tight until Butler’s Matt Howard sank two big threes. The second three Howard hit put Butler up by ten with 4:48 left in the game, a lead that was too much for the Vikings to over come. “My team has confidence in me to shoot so I just shot it and it went in.” said Howard.

Norris Cole was 4-13 from the field and had to fight through double teams all day on his way to 15 points and 4 assists. “They play well against us, but that’s on us. When we won the championship we lost to them twice and beat them in the tournament, so we will see them again and we’ll be ready.” said Cole.

The Vikings are now 10-3 in conference play, a half game ahead of Valpo for first place. They hit the road to face Detroit Monday night.


1 Comment

  1. How does it look for Cleveland State now after dropping 2 in a row? It scares me that they for sure have to win the horizon tournament to get in! Butler, Valpo, Wright St. and Milwaukee all look like they could be the teams beating Cleveland State and representing the Horizon league in the big dance……

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