Strong Second Half Pushes Vikings Past UIC, 66-63

Strong Second Half Pushes Vikings Past UIC, 66-63

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CHICAGO, Ill. – Cleveland State used a strong second half and held UIC without a field goal over the final six minutes to claim a 66-63 win over the Flames on Saturday afternoon at UIC Pavilion as head coach Gary Waters coached in his CSU record 361st career game at CSU.

Waters broke a tie with Ray Dieringer who coached in 360 career games at CSU.

CSU improved to 8-18 overall and 4-10 in the Horizon League, while the Flames fell to 13-13 overall (6-7 HL).


  • Bobby Word led the Vikings with 13 points, including a 6-of-10 effort at the free throw line. His 10 attempts were a career-high. Word added three steals.
  • Rob Edwards scored 12 points with two steals, while Demonte Flannigan added 11 points and four rebounds.
  • Jibri Blount finished with eight points, three rebounds and two steals.
  • Kenny Carpenter scored seven points with five rebounds and three assists and Kasheem Thomas posted seven points and four rebounds.


  • The Vikings took a 12-10 lead at the 14:32 mark on a Word three-pointer, but the Flames responded with a 21-9 run over the next six-plus minutes to open up their largest lead of the half (31-21).
  • CSU came back with a 12-4 run to pull within two points (35-33) with 1:47 left in the half on a pair of free throws from Jibri Blount.
  • UIC held a 39-35 lead at the half as the Flames shot 14-of-25 from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
  • CSU shot .500 (12-24) from the field in the first 20 minutes.
  • The Vikings used a 13-2 run to open the second half and take a 48-41 lead on a pair of free throws from Word 4:30 into the second half.
  • CSU used a strong defensive effort to start the half – forcing four UIC turnovers – to spark its run.
  • The Flames scored the next six points to pull within one point (48-47), but a three-pointer from Edwards and basket from Blount extended the CSU lead back to six points (53-47).
  • A jumper from Dominique Matthews – which was UIC's final made field goal of the game – gave the Flames a 59-58 lead with 5:54 to play and Tarkus Ferguson hit a pair of free throws to push the lead to three points (61-58) with 4:23 left.
  • However, the Vikings closed the game on an 8-2 run to earn the win.
  • UIC had one final chance to tie with 2.5 seconds to play, but its length of the court pass was intercepted by Terrell Hales and he dribbled out the clock.


  • Today was the 361st career game as head coach for Gary Waters at Cleveland State. He has now coached the most games in program history, breaking a tie with Ray Dieringer who coached in 360 games at CSU.
  • After shooting 56-percent in the first half, the Vikings held UIC to 7-of-23 (.304) in the second half as the Flames didn't make a field goal over the final six minutes.
  • CSU won the rebounding battle, 30-28, and made 10 steals.
  • The Vikings forced 18 turnovers which they turned into 26 points.
  • There were 10 lead changes in the contest.


  • The Vikings return home to host Northern Kentucky on Thursday (Feb. 16) night at 7:45 pm in the Wolstein Center.
  • The game will be broadcast live on Spectrum Sports.
  • It is also a doubleheader with the CSU women hosting Wright State at 5:30 pm.