Cleveland, Ohio — The Cleveland State University men’s basketball team defeated in-state foe Bowling Green Tuesday, 82-64 to improve to 3-7 on the season thanks to a career night from Tyree Appleby.
Appleby led the Vikings with a career high 37 points on 13-19 shooting. The Vikings also got a spark from Stefan Kenic, who hit two big three-pointers in the first half to pace a CSU scoring run. In total, nine Vikings found the basket.
Bowling Green jumped out to an early double-digit lead thanks to three straight three-pointers, and CSU struggled to keep up. But CSU quickly caught fire thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by Seth Millner and Stefan Kenic.
The Vikings rode that momentum to a 14-0 run and a double-digit lead of their own. The Falcons climbed back within eight in the final moments of the first half, but Appleby hit a three-pointer with three seconds on the clock to push the Vikings’ lead back to 11 at the break.
Bowling Green narrowed the CSU lead to three with just over 13 minutes to go in the second half, but the Vikings responded with another big run — this time 9-0 — to push their lead back to 12.
Despite dismal free throw shooting (11-24) and being out-rebounded 48-42, the Vikings continued to grow their lead throughout the second half.
Appleby took over the game, scoring 26 of CSU’s 45 second half points. The standout sophomore got a standing ovation at the end of the game for his efforts.
Up next, the Vikings will look to finish the home stand with a win when they take on Notre Dame Sunday at the Wolstein Center.
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