Cleveland State falls in a 69-59 season opening loss to BYU

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Both and also BYU got to the males’s NCAA competition back in March, and also this year’s season opener for both institutions was noted by playoff strength at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.

If the Vikings make one more perform at the huge dancing, experiences like the 69-59 loss to the Cougars on Tuesday will certainly reveal instructor Dennis Gates precisely what his is constructed from. State has forthcoming road video games versus Oklahoma State and also Duke in the non-conference section of its timetable with the purpose of being battle-tested when March Madness rolls around.

In the tact of the initial of the All-Horizon League, which picked Torrey Pattons 14 factors and also 10 from Senior Guard D’Moi Hodge, the CSU shed the course, went goalless greater than 3 mins late in the video game and also transformed just one of their last 7 Felder objective tries when BYU relocated away.

Senior guard Alex Barcello racked up 24 for the Cougars, consisting of 15 in the 2nd fifty percent in an 8v8 shootout from the charity line. Junior Guard Spencer Johnson included 14, consisting of a set of pails from the 3-point array.

State compelled 14 BYU turn overs and also racked up 14 factors on those failings, yet the Vikings just shot 36% off the ground and also missed out on 9 cost-free tosses while recoiling 41-31

Second year demonstrator Jayson Woodrich terminated a 3-point shot after 12 mins for CSU in the 2nd fifty percent that linked ball game at 44-44, and also Hodge provided the Vikings their initial lead because the seven-minute mark in the initial. But Barcello sank 2 cost-free tosses and also a 3-point shot and also Johnson’s 2nd three-way of the night provided BYU the lead with 5: 27 by 6.

Broc Finstuen’s layup reduced the Cougars’ lead to 58: 56, yet CSU were defeated 11 -3 over the last 4: 26, consisting of a goalless stretch of greater than 3: 30.

Tuesday’s initial fifty percent was a frantic speed, with stress from State leaving the BYU vacant of sphere belongings throughout the court.

The Cougars played without 6-foot-11 center Richard Harward, that missed out on the video game with an unidentified viral infection. State was incapable to benefit from the within just outshining BYU 26-24 on factors in shade. The Cougars additionally racked up much more quick break factors (9-5) and also obstructed 7 Vikings shots.

It was the 2nd time BYU contended versus a Horizon League after beating Northern Kentucky in 2005.

Next up: State returns to the Wolstein Center on Saturday to open the house section of its timetable with a 7pm match versus the Ohio Bobcats.

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