Nov. 16, 2001
CLEVELAND - Cleveland State set a team record for blocked shots Friday night but were blocked from a season-opening victory by host IUPUI as the Jaguars handed the Vikings an 82-65 loss at the IUPUI Gymnasium.
The Vikes swatted away 11 Jaguar attempts to break the record of 10 taken by the 1992 squad against Western Illinois and the 1988 squad against Slippery Rock. Junior Tahric Gosley (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz) led the way with four blocked shots while senior Theo Dixon (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) recorded a career-high three.
However, turnovers proved costly for CSU as the Vikes posted 23 miscues - 15 in the first half - in the opener which led to 23 IUPUI markers.
Dixon led all scorers with 19 points while Jamaal Harris (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) tossed in 17, going 6-of-9 from the field, and Andre' Williams added 11. Dixon also led CSU in rebounding with nine boards
Four IUPUI players hit double figures, led by Brian Buchanan with 17. Coming off the bench, guard Lance Williams scored 16 points in 16 minutes while Antoine Lewis popped in 15.
CSU shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the field, including 50 percent (7-of-14) from behind the arc, but just 58.8 percent from the line (10-of-17). IUPUI connected on 50 percent from the field (33-of-66) and the line (6-of-12) and 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from 3-point range.
Cleveland State resumes play Tuesday in the home opener with St. Bonaventure. Tip-off with the Bonnies will be 7:05 p.m. and the game will be televised by the Empire Sports Network.