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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wolstein Center (13,610) -- Cleveland, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Youngstown State 11-3, Cleveland State 11-3. Away Record: Youngstown State 2-11, Cleveland State 8-7. Neutral Record: Youngstown State 2-0, Cleveland State 0-0. Conference Record: Youngstown State 6-8, Cleveland State 10-4. Series Record: Cleveland State leads, 41-39.
GAME NOTES: The Cleveland State Vikings have won eight of their last nine games, and will try to build on a strong conference record as they host the Youngstown State Penguins in a Horizon League clash at the Wolstein Center.
Youngstown State has struggled recently, having won only two of the team's last seven games. The Penguins dropped a tough 68-66 contest to Valparaiso on Saturday in their most recent outing, and will try to climb back toward a .500 record in the conference standings.
Cleveland State is hot, having won seven games in a row before a Feb. 15 loss to Green Bay ended the streak. The Vikings got back on track with a 74-50 trouncing of Milwaukee Saturday, and will now try to string a pair of wins together and make a run at Green Bay for the top conference spot.
Cleveland State leads the all-time series with Youngstown State, 41-39, but the Penguins inched closer with a tight 67-66 victory over the Vikings back on Jan. 13.
A late run was all Valparaiso needed to hold off Youngstown State on Saturday for the two-point win. But it was a career day for the Penguins' Ryan Weber, who netted a career-best 24 points in the defeat. Kamren Belin scored 14 points for the Penguins, while both Bobby Hain and Kendrick Perry chipped in 12 points apiece. Hain notched a double-double adding 11 rebounds to his stat line.
Perry is having an incredible season for Youngstown State, leading the team with 20.7 ppg on 49.9 percent shooting from the field. And it's not just his scoring ability that makes him a true leader for the Penguins. He leads the team with 119 assists and 73 steals on the year, and adds a respectable 4.0 rpg to his resume. Weber nets 11.7 ppg, Belin chips in 11.6 ppg, and Hain adds 11.2 ppg with a team-high 7.3 rpg mark.
Cleveland State dominated Milwaukee in the early going of Saturday's Horizon League clash, with the Vikings taking a 31-15 lead at the end of the first half. The Vikings extended that lead even further by outscoring the Panthers by eight points in the second half. Charlie Lee led Cleveland State with 14 points, while Bryn Forbes and Anton Grady each chipped in with 12 points. Jon Harris netted 10 points off the bench in the win.
Forbes leads the Vikings in scoring this season with 16.0 ppg on 43 percent shooting from the floor, adding 41.9 percent from 3-point distance. Trey Lewis checks in at second in scoring with 13.4 ppg, Harris is behind him at 10.9 ppg, and Grady at 10.4 ppg. Lee leads the team with a 3.9 apg mark, and Grady adds a team-best 6.6 rpg average.
Youngstown State has some dangerous scorers, especially in Perry. But Cleveland State's lineup is well-rounded with sharpshooters as well. At home, the Vikings will be extremely tough to beat.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cleveland State 78, Youngstown State 70
02/25 10:24:36 ET
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