CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Led by a big second half that saw them score 32 points, the Cleveland State Vikings topped UIC (University of Illinois-Chicago) 60-50 in Horizon League play.
The win puts the Vikings at 9-7 on the season, 1-1 in league play. UIC drops to 10-5, also 1-1 in Horizon League action.
“Our guys did a very good job on the defensive end, and we finally hit some shots,” head coach Gary Waters said. “When you do that, you can win some basketball games.”
Waters made a key decision during the past few practices, and that was the insertion into the starting lineup of freshman guard Bryn Forbes.
Forbes has been sensational for the Vikings, scoring in double digits in 9 of his last 10 games, and led all scores with 14 points in 29 minutes.
“He’s a little different,” Waters said of Forbes. “Byrn understands that when a guy approaches him he can take him to the basket.”
Forbes is a big time shooter, and showed it again Monday night in putting up 9 shots in the contest, hitting five of them.
The Vikings also got 13 points from forward Tim Kamczyc, who added four rebounds. As team leader, he knew it was important to come out swinging vs UIC.
“You have to protect your home court, and win your games at home,” Kamczyc said. “We had to focus on that, it feels good to get in the win column.”
The Vikings lead at the break 28-21, with Sebastian Douglas leading CSU with six points. They built on the lead early in the second half, leading by as many as 16 with 13:06 to play.
“I think we could have scored more,” Waters said. “We play cautious, it’s a learning phase.”
The Vikings will be back in action Wednesday night when they head to the road to play Wright State at 7pm at the Nutter Center.