Cleveland State (1-0) at San Francisco (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 13, 11 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: War Memorial Gymnasium (4,800) -- San Francisco, California. Television: None. Home Record: CSU 1-0, USF 1-0. Away Record: CSU 0-0, USF 0-0. Neutral Record: CSU 0-0, USF 0-0. Conference Record: CSU 0-0, USF 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Cleveland State Vikings take their act on the road tonight as they drop in on the San Francisco Dons for a non-conference battle by the bay.
This is the second game of the young season for the Vikings, the team having defeated Iona at home last Saturday in a 73-69 final. Last season, Cleveland State registered a 14-18 record overall and was just 5-11 versus the rest of the Horizon League.
As for the Dons, they are slated to play their first four games of the season at home and will not be hitting the road until Nov. 22 when they clash with the Montana Grizzlies in Missoula. San Francisco tipped off the campaign on a high note with a 95-57 victory against Notre Dame De Namur University last Friday night.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between these two schools on the hardwood.
Trailing by 15 at the break against visiting Iona over the weekend, the Vikings came storming back in the second half as they held the Gaels to only 24.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 1-of-10 behind the 3-point line through the final 20 minutes of action. Bryn Forbes played the entire period for the hosts, racking up 17 points as he converted all three chances out on the perimeter.
Forbes finished with 22 points and six rebounds in the meeting, the other double-digit scorers being Anton Grady with 13 points, Trey Lewis 12 and Jon Harris 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Harris also accounted for four blocked shots, which somewhat made up for his 0-of-7 showing beyond the arc.
Grady contributed three rejections and also cleared a game-high 10 boards for a team that survived with just 36.8 percent shooting from the field in the meeting.
The Dons were on fire in their opener, hitting more 3-point baskets in the first half (11-of-19) than the competition had total field goals (8-of-25), making it that much easier for San Francisco to cruise to the lopsided home victory.
Kruize Pinkins scored a team-best 19 points in just 19 minutes off the bench for the Dons, followed by Mark Tollefsen and Cole Dickerson with 15 points apiece, while Matt Glover contributed 12 and four assists as the team posted 22 dishes in the matchup, while forcing an unsightly 24 turnovers.
Dickerson is the top scorer from last year for the Dons when they finished a game under .500 at 15-16, as he dropped in 15.2 ppg, shooting an impressive 41.0 percent from 3-point range while also leading the squad with almost 10 rebounds per outing.
Getting out on the road, a long, long way from home will not be easy for the Vikings, but they should be able to hold their own as long as they don't fall into a deep hole early on again.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 68, Cleveland State 63
11/13 10:30:39 ET