Detroit (8-8) at Cleveland State (9-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Goodman Arena (13,610) -- Cleveland, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Detroit 6-2, Cleveland State 6-1. Away Record: Detroit 2-6, Cleveland State 3-6. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Cleveland State 0-0. Conference Record: Detroit 1-0, Cleveland State 1-1. Series Record: Detroit leads, 37-18.
GAME NOTES: The Detroit Titans looks to extend a three-game winning streak when they travel to Cleveland State to face the Vikings in a Horizon League matchup at Goodman Arena.
After losing three in a row before the holiday break, the Titans have returned to the court on fire, downing their next three opponents, including Wright State in the Horizon League opener, 58-53. The road game against Cleveland State represents the end of a three-game homestand.
Cleveland State has won three of its last four matchups, including its most recent contest against Milwaukee in Horizon League action, 77-49. Unlike Detroit, the Vikings have played three straight games on the road and return home to face the Titans.
Detroit holds the edge in the all-time series between the two programs, 37-18. These two teams split the season series last season, and will meet up again at the end of this month on Jan 31.
Detroit held a 31-29 lead at the half over Wright State Saturday, but let the Raiders battle back to take a second-half lead with just under 10 minutes to play. The Titans closed the game on a 20-9 run that sealed the win in their first HL game of the season. Forward Evan Bruinsma led the way for Detroit with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Bruinsma added nine rebounds, just missing out on the double-double, in 30 minutes of action. The only other Titans player to record double figures in scoring was Anton Wilson, who netted 12. Despite 16 turnovers, the Titans were able to prevail, thanks in large part to Wright State's 18.2 percent shooting from 3-point range.
The Titans are led this season by Juwan Howard Jr. in scoring, who sports a 16.8 ppg average, which was dropped after the last contest when Howard contributed just nine points. Howard is third on the team in rebounding with a 6.1 rpg average behind Bruinsma (8.3 rpg) and Ugochukwu Njoku (6.6 rpg). Bruinsma is behind Howard in the scoring column, averaging 11.7 ppg. He's also second on the roster with 14 blocks this season. As a team, the Titans are averaging 73.9 ppg and holding opponents to 70.1 ppg.
Cleveland State got back on track with a decisive 77-49 victory over Milwaukee Saturday. The Vikings became the first Horizon League team to secure a road victory in conference play with the defeat. Anton Grady paced the Vikings with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, adding 11 rebounds to his stat line to complete the double-double. Trey Lewis added 17 points to the cause, and Charlie Lee netted 10 with four assists. Cleveland State shot 58 percent from the floor in the win.
The Vikings are led offensively by Bryn Forbes, who nets an average of 16.4 ppg this season on 43.4 percent shooting. Lewis (13.8 ppg) and Grady (10.1 ppg) round out the Vikings' top scorers through 16 games. Jon Harris, one of the key bench players for Cleveland State, leads the team in rebounding, bringing down an average of 6.2 rpg, with Grady not far behind at 5.6 rpg. Lee, who leads the team with 3.2 apg, is also tops on the Vikings roster in blocks with 1.7 per game.
Road teams haven't had much success in Horizon League play this season, but Detroit is healthy and playing well enough to secure the victory away from its home court.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Detroit 74, Cleveland State 68
01/08 11:09:41 ET