FORT WAYNE, IN--- The Cleveland State Men's basketball team won their 3rd straight game Monday night 72-60 against the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons. These 2 teams surprisingly ended the game in regulation as in 2 meetings in the last 2 years, there have been 2 triple overtime games, In March of 2021 in their Horizon League tournament matchup and then on February 12th of 2022.
The Vikings are in a 4 way tie for 1st place in the Horizon League with Northern Kentucky, Youngstown State, and Milwaukee. CSU got a good chunk of their points on 2nd chance buckets, pulling in 39 rebounds as a team. Shooting from behind the arc tonight for both teams was cold, CSU only made 4 of their 19 attempts, and PFW made 6 of 23 attempts. The game got very interesting in the 2nd half, PFW came out hot, going on a 9-0 run to start the 2nd half until Deante "Spider" Johnson would end the run on a layup to make the score 35-34 with the Mastodons leading. Johnson would finish with 10 points, shooting a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line while pulling in 9 rebounds. The story of the 2nd half was Mr. 2nd half Tristan Enaruna, who scored a game leading 24 points, 11 straight after the 9-0 PFW run , pulling in 12 rebounds and getting 3 steals. Tae Williams was also one of the 4 Vikings in double figures scoring 12, Deshon Parker would be the 4th also scoring 12.
The Vikings will be in action Thursday night in a huge game facing off in Northern Kentucky with the Norse, tip off is at 7pm and you won't want to miss it, the game will air on WTAM 1100, 106.9 FM, the free iHeartRadio app, and HERE