Cleveland State hoops’ split on road
by BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
Nov 10, 2013 | 284 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland State basketball teams hit the road on Friday as they opened up their Region VII Conference schedule with a long trip to the northwest corner of Tennessee at Dyersburg State.

The Cougars record remained spotless for the young season with a surprisingly easy romp over the Eagles by a final score of 82-51, but the Lady Cougars were not as fortunate as they let a halftime advantage slip away and fell for the first time this season to the Lady Eagles by a score of 73-65.

The Cougars were never really threatened as they out-ran and out-gunned the homestanding Eagles in the first conference test for both teams. Coach Lee Cigliano's pack of Cougars were hittng on all cylinders as he substituted freely throughout the game with no noticable letdown.

"It wasn't a very pretty game, but anytime you can get a conference win, especially on the road you take it and be happy," said Cougar coach Lee Cigliano. "We shot the ball reasonably well and had lots of guys contribute."

The Cougars (3-0, 1-0) cruised to a 49-17 halftime spread and then finished strong to take the 31 point win. Robert Brandon, Keevin Tyus and Kahan Swift led the way for the Cougars with 14 points apiece.

The Lady Cougars (2-1, 0-1) started off nicely as they took an early lead and held a 36-29 halftime advantage. The second half was a different story though, as the Lady Eagles protected their nest and mounted a comeback led by the lethal inside-outside combination of Jalita Fason and Kendra Brown.

Besides the daunting task of stopping the Dyersburg State one-two punch in the second half, the Lady Cougars also battled foul trouble as three key cogs fouled out aiding the home team to complete the comeback and take the eight point win.

Fason paced the Lady Eagles with 16 points while Brown added 11. Jamesha Mosley and Brittany Ramsey led the way for the Lady Cougars with 14 points each, Jara Gasper added 12 points and Nataya Roller finished with 10.

"We played pretty well in the first half, but then Dyersburg took over in the second half," stated Lady Cougar coach Dan Lumpkin. "We just couldn't get a stop on their two best players in the second half. Foul trouble really hurt us, but we've got to do a better job on the defensive end."

The road trip continued on Saturday afternoon with trip south to Memphis and a pair of games with Southwest Tennessee.