Dec. 15, 2012
Contact: Greg Murphy
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OLEAN, N.Y. - Playing without two starters, a shorthanded Cleveland State squad fell at St. Bonaventure, 87-53, on Saturday afternoon in a non-league game at the Reilly Center.
Demitrius Conger led the Bonnies with 15 points, while Charlon Kloof scored 14 and Youssou Nodoye added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
SBU jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead just over two minutes into the game, thanks to seven quick points from Kloof, including a four-point play to start the spurt.
The Vikings stayed close in large part to free throws as the Bonnies held CSU without a field goal for more than nine minutes to open the contest. Luda Ndaye hit a jumper at the 10:49 mark to break that stretch and Charlie Lee followed with two free throws to bring CSU back within nine (18-9) midway through the half.
However, a 17-4 SBU run over the next five minutes pushed the Bonnies lead to 35-13 with just over five minutes to play. The lead would swell to 25 points (40-15) before the Vikings responded with nine straight points - the final five by Lomomba - to pull back within 40-24 with just over a minute to play.
After the teams traded baskets, SBU ended the first half with six points in the final three seconds to take a 48-26 lead into the locker room.
Both St. Bonaventure and Cleveland State (6-4) committed 20 turnovers, but the Bonnies scored 26 points off those errors, compared to 13 for the Vikings.
The Vikings struggled from the field, shooting just .333 (16-48) and just 2-of-10 (.200) from three-point. Josh Ivory hit both three-pointers.
The Bonnies shot 30-of-56 (.536) from the floor and hit 8-of-16 from three-point, while also holding a 38-28 advantage on the boards.
The Vikings return home for the first time in 18 days when CSU hosts Notre Dame College at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec. 19) in the Wolstein Center.