Cleveland State’s Season Comes to an End; Vikings Fall to Youngstown State, 84-69

The disappointing 2016-2017 season for the Cleveland State men’s basketball team is over, as the Vikings concluded their season with an 84-69 loss to the Youngstown State Penguins at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament.

The Vikings and Penguins were tied at 51 mid way through the second half. Cleveland State was outscored 33-18 the rest of the way.

Rob Edwards lead the Vikings with a game-high 27 points. It’s the tenth time this season Edwards has reached the 20 point-mark in a game.

Cleveland State’s biggest lead of the game was six in the first half and held a 37-33 halftime lead.

The Vikings loss the third and final meeting of the season to their in-state conference rivals. Both teams won the regular season meetings on their home courts.

Cleveland State finishes the season with a 9-22 record. The Vikings finished Horizon League conference play at 5-13.

Now the focus shifts to the future of head coach Gary Waters. Will he remain with the Vikings or will a change be made?

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Scott Piker
Scott Piker has spent over 15 years in the Cleveland media covering news and sports with experience in radio, television, print and digital media. He has covered everything from high school, college, Indians, Browns, Cavaliers and Buckeyes. Scott spent five years as the sports producer at WEWS NewsChannel 5, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland and also has his sports work featured on Scott has also received an emmy award in television news. Scott was born and raised and still resides in his hometown of Madison, Ohio.

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