By Bryant Kizer
Anton Grady led by example by scoring a career-high of 26 points as the Cleveland State Vikings won their home opener by beating Tiffin 85-56.
The senior forward from Cleveland Central Catholic also had seven rebounds and four steals.
“He was very vocal in the locker room and then he came out and led by example,” said head coach Gary Waters.
The Vikings had a tough time in the first half getting away from the pesky Division II Dragons. The Dragons shot 45 percent in the first half, but trailed the Vikings 37-31.
The Vikings began the first two minutes of second-half on a 8-2 run, set up by two three’s by Andre Yates and former Garfield Heights Trey Lewis. The Vikings then put the game by scoring nine points a row and led 54-33 with four minutes gone in the half. The Vikings shot 59 percent in that half.
Lewis, junior guard, had 15 points and four assists. Senior forward Marlin Mason had 12 points and eight rebounds.
“That is one key for us to winning ball games, I getting points from Mason. He has to get almost 10 points a game,” said Waters.
Mason scored 16 points in their season-opener loss to hosting Iona.
Junior Vinny Zollo had eight points off the bench.
Khaleal McCormick from Dayton, was the only Dragon (1-2) in double-figures with 10 points.
The Vikings (1-1) will play their second home game on Wednesday against Jacksonville State (Alabama) Gamecocks (0-2) of the Ohio Valley Conference. Tip-off time at 7 p.m.