Vikings Run by Meppel Red Giants in European Opener, 91-56
MEPPEL, The Netherlands – Bryn Forbes was one of four players in double-figures with 28 points and Cleveland State won its first game of its European foreign tour, 91-56, against the Meppel Red Giants on Friday night.
Forbes, last season's Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, hit 9-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point. He added five steals, three assists and three rebounds.
CSU used hot shooting and full-court defensive pressure to take a 29-18 lead after the first quarter.
The game was played under FIBA rules with four 10 minute quarters.
The Vikings extended the lead to 56-32 at halftime as 12 of the 13 players saw action in the first half. Forbes was joined in the starting lineup with Charlie Lee, Marlin Mason, Anton Grady and Long. The second unit of Trey Lewis, Sebastian Douglas, Jon Harris, Ludovic Ndaye and Ismaila Dauda came in together midway through the first quarter and Waters tinkered with different lineup combinations throughout the game.
CSU shot 49-percent (34-70) from the field, hitting 9-of-27 from three-point. The Vikings forced 33 turnovers, making 26 steals, and scored 33 points off the turnovers.
CSU continues its European tour with its second game of the trip on Sunday (Aug. 18) in Belgium, playing the Gent Dragons at 8:00 p.m. local time.
It was a two hour bus ride from the hotel in Amsterdam to Neppel. The Vikings arrived at the gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. for the 8:00 p.m. game.
CSU did not have a practice or shoot around before today's game.
Marlin Mason twisted his ankle early in the second quarter and did not return. He played eight minutes total.
CSU's second unit – Trey Lewis, Sebastian Douglas, Jon Harris, Ludovic Ndaye and Ismaila Dauda – was an experienced one. Lewis started at Penn State before transferring to CSU and sitting out last season. Douglas is in his fourth year with the program, while Harris was a three-year letterwinner at Miami (OH). He transferred to CSU in the spring and will be eligible to play immediately. Ndaye is a senior.
Freshman Demonte Flannigan made his first career field goal attempt, a three-pointer.
Bryn Forbes' 28 points bettered his career-high as a freshman which was 24 points.
CSU held the Red Dragons to just six third quarter points.
All 13 players received action tonight with Trey Lewis' 26 minutes the most by any player.
The European officials wore orange shirts instead of the black and white stripes we see back in the states. The shirts said "Play Fair" on the back.