Iona 44 25 69
Clevest 29 44 73
Date of game: 11/9/2013

Recap: Cleveland State vs. Iona

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Bryn Forbes scored a game-high 22 points as the Cleveland State Vikings topped the Iona Gaels, 73-69, in non-conference play at the Wolstein Center.

Forbes converted all four of his attempts from 3-point range and also cleared six rebounds for the Vikings (1-0) in their season-opening victory. Anton Grady produced a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for CSU, followed by Trey Lewis and Jon Harris with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Gaels (0-1) were paced by David Laury who registered a double-double of his own with 19 points and 10 boards, while Sean Armand pitched in with 17 points and Tre Bowman 14 and five boards in the setback.

The Vikings struggled coming out of the gate, shooting a mere 29.5 percent from the floor and 2-of-10 beyond the arc, not to mention just 1-of-6 at the free-throw line as they fell behind at the half, 44-29.

After the break it was Iona that had trouble finding the basket as the visitors converted only 9-of-37 (.243), including 1-of-10 on the outside, as CSU bounced back and secured the home victory.

In a game that featured six ties and 12 lead changes, the Gaels hurt themselves with just 6-of-22 shooting out on the perimeter.

Game Notes

Mountain West teams have edge in early bowl matchups

The Mountain West Conference has struggled in bowl games the last two years with a 6-7 record both straight up and against the spread. However, five of those 13 games were against Pac-12 teams.

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