Well 5-16 has been the record for Cleveland State’s 2017-18 campaign, but you could certainly argue that this was one of the games that they could have won that they were in, but for a lot of the second half, UIC certainly looked like that they had this game out of hand for the later part in the second half until the end 75-53 at one point, CSU finished the second half with a 23-12 run which ended in a score of 87-80.
Well the story could have been said in the first half, with back and forth between each half, the score at halftime was UIC leading 40-38 hitting a 3 point shot to end the first half, with 1 second left in the first half which got a UIC lead, with basically everybody contributing for UIC, Tai Odiase, who came into this game 10th in the country averaging exactly 3 blocked shots per game, had 2 blocked shots per game, this UIC team is considered to be one of the best teams in the Horizon League with a lot of Depth in their starting lineup, they sure looked like it tonight on both ends of the floor, shooting 47% from the field, scoring 87 points and out rebounding Cleveland State 41-36 for the game, certainly it helps that they have better players, but this UIC team really is an above-average College Basketball program at the moment.
Many questions could have been said about the Cleveland State Vikings (5-16) (2-6) Horizon League who we down by 22 points with 7:22 to go in the game, there was basically not enough time to make a comeback with not many players having good games including just 6 points from Bobby Word on 2 3-pointers that came late in the game and Anthony Wright being unable to play due to a concussion (which there is no time table for a return for) when he comes back another better piece for CSU is back in this current 5-16 2017-2018 campaign.
The Vikings return home next on February 2nd to host Wright State who is currently 7-0 in the Horizon League and looks almost unstoppable, that will be the first of just 2 straight played at home.
Vikings look to keep pushing what has been a tough 2017-18 campaign
-Hugh Thorp-Co-Founder and President of 216 Sports