Rollie Massimino Earns Win No. 500 As Vikings Roll Past Duquesne, 82-64

Rollie Massimino Earns Win No. 500 As Vikings Roll Past Duquesne, 82-64

Dec. 27, 2001

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CLEVELAND - Cleveland State (5-4) defeated Duquesne (3-6), 82-64, tonight in Goodman Arena to give Head Coach Rollie Massimino his 500th career victory. Massimino becomes just the 19th active coach to reach 500 wins and the 92nd overall. In addition, Massimino is the 15th coach to win a national title and collect 500 victories. He directed the Villanova Wildcats to the 1985 national title.

The Vikings jumped out to an early, 9-0, lead, increased the margin to 18 points at the 7:52 mark of the first half and never looked back. CSU shot 49 percent for the game and out-rebounded the Dukes, 39-33.

Freshman guard Percell Coles (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz) knocked down 5-of-6 three-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points. Senior guard Jamaal Harris (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) added 16 points for the Vikings. With his three-pointer with four seconds left in the first half, Harris became just the 15th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Junior forwards Tahric Gosley (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz) and Andre' Williams (Clayton, N.J.) added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Senior swingman Theo Dixon (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) paced CSU with eight boards.

Kevin Forney led Duquesne with 12 points and five rebounds. Wayne Smith and Aaron Lovelace added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Cleveland State is in action again on Saturday, Dec. 29 when it battles Kent State at 8:30 p.m. in the Rock-N-Roll Shootout at Gund Arena.