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CLEVELAND– The Cleveland State Vikings opened up and closed their one-game exhibition season with a 78-60 convincing victory over Cedarville Thursday evening at home. It was the first game with newly-minted head coach Dennis Felton at the helm.
Kenny Carpenter lead the Vikings with 16 points while yanking down three rebounds. Tyree Appleby had a big night off the bench as well. He was red hot from the field as he scored 15 key points along with shooting three-of-four from behind the arc, but he wasn’t just scoring tonight. Appleby was doing everything as he added in four rebounds and five assists in his big night.
Bobby Word had anything but a quiet night as he also went off. Word put up 14 points, going 6-of-12 from the field, and added four assists and a pair of steals. Anthony Wright came up with a team high 10 rebounds while scoring eight points on four-of-seven shooting. He also had three steals on the night as well. Evan Clayborne joined the five-for-five club as he finished the game with five points and five rebounds. The Vikings looked solid from top to bottom tonight and appear to have a deep bench.
This was the season debut for coach Felton as the man in charge as he became the 15th head coach in school history back on March 24 of this year.
Cleveland State shot the ball well tonight as a team, going 29-of-61 for the night, and had an incredibly strong second half when they shot 15-of-29 during that 20-minute span.
The Vikings did the little things tonight to win. They spread the ball around and worked to find the open man with 17 team assists. They also played very aggressive defense which led to 11 total steals. They played quick and found the lane on the open runs down court as evidenced by the 16-point scoring advantage in transition in favor of the Vikings.
The action kicks off for real next Saturday, Nov. 11, as the Vikings open up regular season play on the road against Akron. The game will be part of the Cancer Classic as they take on the Zips. Kent State will play Youngstown State in the second game of the Classic.
Officials: Greg Langsdorf, Josh White, Chris Pacsi
Technical fouls: Cedarville-None, Cleveland State-None
Attendance: Exhibition Game
Score by periods 1st 2nd Total
Cedarville 33 27 60
Cleveland State 39 39 78
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