Cincinnati State wins 7th in row with second half surge to beat ABCD Academy

Orlando Berry
Orlando Berry

By Nick Novy/Cincinnati State Sports Information

Cincinnati, OH---In the final game before the Christmas holiday, the Cincinnati State men's basketball team defeated ABCD Academy 92-74 on Tuesday night.

The Surge, currently the No. 1 ranked team in the NJCAA national poll, found themselves in a close game at half due to a 13-5 ABCD Academy run to cut the lead to 38-33 at break. Cincinnati State, which has not lost a home game all season, regained control in the opening 5 minutes of the second half, outscoring their opponents 17-5, and increasing the lead to 17. 

The Surge defense forced ABCD into 12 second half turnovers leading to a 19-6 advantage in transition points. The Surge also out rebounded ABCD 50-35, gaining a 24-7 edge in second chance points.

Sophomore Winston Grays led the Surge offensively, scoring 22 of his game high 25 points in the second half. Freshman Trent Donald came off the bench to finish with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Hugh Hobbs also provided a contribution of the bench with 14 points. Forward Chrisean Marsden finished with a game high 11 rebounds to go along with 8 points while point guard Orlando Berry led all players with 7 assists as the Surge won their seventh straight game.

Cincinnati State, which improved to 13-1 on the season, returns to action on the road on Dec. 29th against the Bulldogs of South Suburban College. South Suburban is currently ranked No. 3 in the national poll with an 11-2 overall record.

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