Trey Harmon led a Cleveland State Viking rout Saturday, paving the way to a Loyola beat down and pushing his Horizon League leading team record to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Ramblers on the other hand, move to 5-11 on the year, and win-less in Horizon League action. Porter Moser should be looking forward to coming home next week, well at least back in Chicago to face cross town school UIC. Here’s a breakdown for today’s 69-48 loss to Cleveland State.
Cleveland State came out the gate with their more athletic, tight pressure defense working Loyola early by running the floor on rebounds and turnovers. However, Loyola hung in there early and in the first game minutes they held a two point, keeping the Vikings out of an offensive rhythm. To counter Cleveland State’s prolific offense, Porter had his Ramblers doubling up the back court and applying heavy guard pressure.
Trey Harmon was a perfect four for four from three point land for CSU pulling them ahead. Cleveland State locked down the defense big time mid first half not allowing Loyola to hit a FG for an 11 minute stretch which was finally capped off by a Denzel Brito three point play. Another big note is the Vikings ability to capitalize on turnovers, scoring 17 points off Loyola mistakes.
Cleveland State continued it’s stifling defense while raining in three balls. Ben Averkamp was also quiet, limited to only 5 points and 3 rebounds. It’s never a good indicator when Averkamp has a quiet second performance. Not to mention, no Rambler scored more than 5 in the second half. Points from the field were a luxury for Loyola in the second half, scoring the bulk of their offense from the free throw line (16-19 in the second half).
All in All
Cleveland State’s success from behind the arc today proved to be kryptonite for Loyola. The Vikings connected on 10 of 17 three balls, good for a whopping 58% whereas Loyola was silenced from three point land at 1 for 9. The Ramblers who have been playing solid defense all year were just out worked and out muscled by the far more athletic CSU. With not enough time to get starters much needed rest, the depth of the squad could not keep pace with the Vikes.
Porter and the Ramblers get a week off and resume play next Saturday with a road game against the UIC Flames at the Pavilion. We’ll be there live, giving as much coverage as possible.