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Cleveland State (10-7) at Youngstown State (10-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 13, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Beeghly Center (6,300) -- Youngstown, Ohio. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Cleveland State 7-1, Youngstown State 6-1. Away Record: Cleveland State 3-6, Youngstown State 2-7. Neutral Record: Cleveland State 0-0, Youngstown State 2-0. Conference Record: Cleveland State 2-1, Youngstown State 1-2. Series Record: Cleveland State leads, 41-38.
GAME NOTES: The Cleveland State Vikings have won four of their last five games, and will look to improve on that mark as they hit the road to face the Youngstown State Penguins in Horizon League play at the Beeghly Center.
Cleveland State has only lost two games in its last eight contests, and has won two in a row heading into this matchup with Youngstown State. The Vikings are coming off a 10-point defeat of Detroit, 73-63, Wednesday in Horizon League action.
Youngstown State is maintaining a record just above .500 this season, but has lost three of its last five games - two of which came in conference play. The Penguins snapped a two-game losing skid with a win over Illinois-Chicago, 75-62, Tuesday.
Cleveland State holds the all-time series lead between the conference rivals, 41-38. In the last two seasons, the Penguins and Vikings have split the season series.
The Vikings got a solid bench contribution in their win over Detroit, which they went on to win, 73-63, on their home court. Jon Harris didn't start the game for Cleveland State, but he contributed the most points in the Horizon League victory. Harris netted 18 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting night from the floor, adding six rebounds to his stat line. Anton Grady poured in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Sebastian Douglas scored 14 and had five assists before fouling out. The Vikings forced 14 Detroit turnovers in the home win.
Although Bryn Forbes only had seven points against Detroit, the guard still leads the team in scoring this season at 15.8 ppg on 42.3 percent shooting from the floor. Trey Lewis is second in scoring with 13.2 ppg, and is tied for the team lead with 3.6 apg. Harris, who hasn't started a game all season long, averages 10.3 ppg and tops the roster with 6.2 rpg. Cleveland State is shooting a healthy 47.2 percent from the field this year.
Four players recorded point totals in the double digits for Youngstown State Tuesday as the Penguins cruised to a 75-62 win over Illinois-Chicago. Kendrick Perry scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, adding seven assists and five steals to his line at the end of the game. Kamren Belin scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Bobby Hain and D.J. Cole each netted 12 points. The Penguins shot 58.3 percent from the floor and 46.7 percent from 3-point range.
Perry has proven to be one of the top scorers this season in the Horizon League, as the guard leads Youngstown State with a strong 21.1 ppg. Perry tops the team in total assists this season with 81, and is by far the team leader in steals with 51. Belin, Hain and Ryan Weber round out the double-digit scorers for Youngstown State, as Hain pulls down a team-best 6.6 rpg. The Penguins as a unit average 80.6 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting from the floor.
Youngstown State has some viable scorers on its team, as does Cleveland State. As the Penguins return home for a four-game homestand, look for the crowd to be a contributing factor in Youngstown.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Youngstown State 78, Cleveland State 72
01/13 10:34:10 ET