“But I did think as we got going there in the second half, I kept telling our guys, particularly offensively, just continue your movement,” he added. “It did feel like to me that they looked tired. I’s hard.”
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Cleveland State was dealing with mental fatigue as well after winning a double-overtime game against Youngstown State in the season finale before beating the Penguins by one point in the first round. Then the Vikings upset top-seed Northern Kentucky in the quarterfinals before scoring another one-point win against Oakland in the semis.
“How many emotional games did they have,” Nagy said. “I can’t image the emotions they’ve been through the last four or five days. What a great job their coaching staff has done. (Dennis Felton) is such a great coach, and I know they’re proud to have him.”
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