By Emmett Golden
Cleveland State only dressed nine players this afternoon. With injuries to Anton Grady (knee), Junior Lomomba (foot), and Devin Long (sick), the Vikings needed someone to step up. Freshman Bryn Forbes was that guy. He helped the Vikings improve to 6-2 on the year as they beat Toledo 78-73 Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center. Let’s take a look at my post game notebook.
The Forbes List -- With the Vikings struggling to hit shots from the outside, head coach Gary Waters called on the freshman. Forbes played 32 minutes (the most of his young career) and scored 16 points off the bench. After the game I asked Toledo head coach Tod Kowalczyk, what was the turning point of the game? “Big key in the first half is we didn’t guard Forbes,” said Kowalczyk, “He got going and it kept them close. I thought we should have been up more than just six at the half.”
Forbes also scored 18 points against Ball State earlier in the week, and is quickly proving that he is a scorer that Waters can count on. However, he does have a tendency to start off slow from the field. “I can prepare better,” Forbes said when asked what can he do to get things going faster.
Coach Waters had another idea: “I need to work with him on going to the basket for his first shot, instead of shooting those threes,” said Waters.
Lil Dawg -- At the beginning of the season I questioned if sophomore point guard Charlie Lee could be an offensive weapon for the Vikings. Boy do I look stupid! Lee is the leading scorer on the team at 14.9 ppg and leads the Horizon League in assist per game with 5.5.
CSU trailed the entire game before a Sebastian Douglas layup tied it at 71 with 1:23 left in the game. With time running down and Cleveland State never having the lead, Lee stepped back to hit a three with 31 seconds left to give CSU a lead and the win. Lil Dawg (as his teammates call him) finished with 22 points, all in the second half. “I was in foul trouble a little in the first half so I felt like I let my team down. I had to come out aggressive in the second half,” said Lee.
Wildin Out -- Douglas, who finished with 10 points, made his biggest basket on a layup with 19 seconds left to put CSU up 76-71. On the next possession Douglas got tangled up with Toledo’s Dominique Buckley. The two of them got in each other’s face and a double technical was called.
The sophomore guard’s teammates and coach let him have an earful. “I got to keep my cool,” said Douglas, “I’m supposed to be the bigger man and walk away.”
Grady Out -- Sophomore stand out Anton Grady missed his second game this season with an injured meniscus. After the game coach Waters informed us the Grady will under go surgery on his right knee this week and is expected to miss at least four weeks. Cleveland State has the option of using a medical red shirt on the big man if his recovery takes longer then they expect.
Emmett Golden covers Ohio State football and joins Jerod Cherry and Will Burge on Three Deep from 7-9 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN 850 WKNR.
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