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DATE & TIME: Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Cleveland State 9-2, Detroit 7-4. Away Record: Cleveland State 5-7, Detroit 3-9. Neutral Record: Cleveland State 0-0, Detroit 0-0. Conference Record: Cleveland State 5-3, Detroit 3-5. Series Record: Detroit leads, 37-19.
GAME NOTES: The Cleveland State Vikings will try for four wins in a row for the first time all season as they travel to face the Detroit Titans in Horizon League play at Calihan Hall.
Cleveland State has won three straight games for the first time all season, and four of its last five overall. At 5-3 in the Horizon League, the Vikings are in a three-way tie for second place in the conference. The Vikings and Titans have played once already this season, with Cleveland State taking a 73-63 victory at home.
Detroit has struggled lately, although the Titans are coming off a 74-68 win over Illinois-Chicago. The Titans have won two of their last three, but prior to that were on a four-game losing streak.
Still, the Titans hold the all-time series lead over the Vikings, 37-19. Cleveland State won earlier this season, and last year the two teams split the regular-season series, each winning on their home court.
Cleveland State beat Eastern Illinois, 82-68, in the team's last outing. The Vikings jumped ahead 41-37 at halftime, but exploded in the second half and outscored the Panthers by 10 points en route to the 14-point victory. Bryn Forbes netted 25 points to pace the Vikings, while Trey Lewis chipped in 17 points and nine rebounds. Anton Grady rounded out the double-digit scorers by netting 10. The Vikings shot an even 50 percent in the contest.
Forbes and Lewis have paced the team this season in scoring, each netting over 14 ppg on average. Forbes is the team leader with 16.2 ppg on 42.4 percent shooting from the floor, while Lewis adds 14.1 ppg. Jon Harries is third in scoring at 10.6 ppg, but tops the squad with 6.5 rpg. Charlie Lee is the team leader in assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.4 spg). The Vikings are averaging an even 74 ppg through 23 contests.
Detroit grabbed a first-half lead against UIC and went into the locker room up, 37-31. That was all the Titans would need, as they kept pace with the Flames in the second half leading to the six-point win. Juwan Howard Jr. led the Titans with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field. Anton Wilson chipped in 16 points, while Evan Bruinsma added 15 and nine rebounds. Detroit shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game.
Howard is the team leader in scoring this season with 17.7 ppg on 41.1 percent shooting from the floor. He's tied for the team lead with 2.3 apg and averages 5.6 rpg. Bruinsma is the team leader in rebounding at 7.8 rpg and is behind Howard in scoring at 12.1 ppg. Bruinsma is also the team leader in steals with 26 total on the year. The Titans are scoring an average of 71.6 ppg this season and giving up an even 70 ppg to their opponents.
Cleveland State has been a hot offensive team lately, while Detroit seems to just be getting back in the rhythm of winning after a four-game slide. Although they're at home, and beat Cleveland State at Calihan Hall last season by 30 points, the Vikings are a much better team this season with much more depth.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cleveland State 78, Detroit 73
01/31 10:30:53 ET
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