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Bearcats Defense comes up clutch in 69-58 win over Cleveland State

Photo By: Ryan Luster

Coming off of a dominant 98-55 win over Chaminade, the Bearcats were looking for another win similarly against another small school. However, the Cleveland State Vikings had different plans for this one.

Starting after their first win of the season I saw improvements in the Bearcats' ability to shoot the ball from three. Those improvements, I did not see from the Bearcats in this game as they went back to their old shooting form we were used to from last season. The Bearcats shot just 39% from the field and 19% from three.

A bright spot I saw once again from the Bearcats was Wes Miller's ability to have them play hard and be tenacious on the defensive end at all times. Coach miller seems to have this team completely bought into defending at a high level at all times as a team. This is a major strength of the Bearcats and could allow them to m

ake a run in the AAC this year.

Another bright spot for the Bearcats was their ability to take care of the ball. As a team they had just 8 turnover as coach Wes Miller seems to be really emphasizing the importance of keeping the turnover numbers low.

The Bearcats were led by David Dejulius with 18 points and 6 assists, and Landers Nolley with a solid defensive game and 16 points of his own. Victor Lakhin was the surprise with huge 14 points and 11 rebounds. Without the game by Lakhin, I believe the Bearcats lose this one.

The Bearcats now will face Eastern Kentucky at home on Sunday at 12:00 E.T. see you then.

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