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Cleveland State Vikings Men’s Hoops Back at Home Today to Host Belmont

GAME PREVIEW:
•    Cleveland State begins a three-game homestand to close out its nonconference schedule when the Vikings host Belmont on Saturday (Dec. 19) at 1:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.
•    The game will be broadcast live on AM 1220 WHK with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.
•    Pawlowski will also have the call live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App.
•    The Vikings are 3-7 this year after a 60-54 win at Loyola on Wednesday night, handing the Ramblers their first loss at home in five games this year.
•    Belmont is 7-5 this year after an 83-62 setback at Middle Tennessee State on Thursday.
•    The Vikings are 1-2 at home this year and will be playing at the Wolstein Center for the first time since Nov. 17.
•    CSU’s other two home games this year vs. Ohio (Dec. 5) and Kent State (Dec. 12) were played at Quicken Loans Arena.
•    Belmont is 3-5 on the road this year.

THE BELMONT SERIES:
•    Saturday’s game with Belmont will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
•    Belmont will be the second of three teams that CSU will play for the first time this year
•    The Vikings defeated Rider, 57-52, in Cancun on Nov. 24 in the first meeting between the two programs.
•    CSU has also never played Northern Kentucky, the newest member of the Horizon League who the Vikings will play two times this year.

GAME 10 RECAP – CSU 60, @LOYOLA 54 (12/16/2015)
•    The Vikings used four players in double figures to earn their first road win of the season, 60-54, on Wednesday at Loyola.
•    Andre Yates led CSU with 14 points, while Daniel Levitt hit four three-pointers and scored 12 points.
•    Jibri Blount had 11 points and seven boards and Demonte Flannigan scored 10, while Vinny Zollo grabbed eight rebounds.

UP NEXT:
•    The Vikings close out nonconference play by hosting Bowling Green (Dec. 23) at 1:00 pm and Cedarville (Dec. 29) at 7:00 pm. Both games are at the Wolstein Center.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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