CSU dominates Wright State 77-55
Men's basketball locks HL tourney No. 2 seed in regular season closer
The Vikings shot 63 percent from the field as they wrapped up the regular season with a 77-55 victory over Wright State on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The victory was also the final regular season home game for the senior class, which includes forward Aaron Pogue and guards Trevon Harmon, Jeremy Montgomery and D'Aundray Brown.
"I'll remember the coaching staff because they stuck with me when no one else would," Pogue said after the victory. "I want to thank the coaches for helping me mature as a man and for getting me ready for the real world."
Harmon finished with 20 points along with three assists and three steals. Montgomery added 17 points and five assists.
Freshman forward Anton Grady also contributed to the win, scoring 12 points and four blocks off the bench.
Saturday's game was one of the few times this year where the Vikings committed fewer turnovers and fewer personal fouls than the opposing team.
This made up for the fact that Cleveland State University could not take advantage of the free opportunities they were given. The Vikings made 11 of 23 from the free throw line for a percentage of 47.8.
In any game where the score is close, free throws are typically the game changer.
Head coach Gary Waters felt that his team, especially his seniors, went out in style despite a five-game losing streak.
"People are fickle, and they will only remember the ending and won't remember what we did in the past," Waters said. "We tried to leave a legacy because these seniors won a lot of games."
He continued, "We had not played well in our last couple of outings at home, and we know that no one comes in our house and takes anything from us."
The Vikings will now wait to play their unnanounced opponent in the 2012 HL Semifinals. The game will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m. in Indiana, and it will be televised on ESPNU on tape-delay at 10:30 p.m.
If No. 1 seed Valparaiso loses in the semifinals, the Vikings will host the championship game on Tuesday, March 6.
"This league is kind of shaky, and you never know what is going to happen," Harmon said. "Things worked out for us, and we can't look past anyone. We'll take business one day at a time."
The Vikings have a good resume as they finish the regular season with a record of 22-9 and 12-6 in the HL. The Vikings also tallied 11 road wins.
However, CSU must win the HL Tournament if they want to make it into the NCAA Tournament. If they don't, they should be locked in for the NIT Tournament.
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