YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Cleveland State whittled a 17-point half second half deficit down to seven, but a late run by Youngstown State helped the Penguins to a 73-59 win over the Vikings on Saturday afternoon at the Beeghly Center.
CSU slipped to 10-12 overall and 2-6 in the Horizon League, while the Penguins improved to 12-8 overall and 4-3 in league play.
Forbes added seven rebounds and three assists, hitting 7-of-13 from the field. Charlie Lee scored 12 points with four rebounds and Tim Kamczyc scored 10 points, all in the second half. Marlin Mason added seven points and seven rebounds and Aaron Scales, playing for the first time in four games after suffering a concussion, came in to grab three rebounds in eight minutes.
Kamren Belin paced all scorers with 24 points, while Kendrick Perry scored 17 and Damian Eargle added 14 points and four blocked shots.
YSU outscored the Vikings out the free throw line by 16 points, hitting 21-of-24. CSU was 5-of-7.
The Vikings had one more field goal than YSU (23-22), while both teams hit eight three-pointers.
The first half was a half of runs with the Penguins taking a 21-11 lead at the 12:19 mark on Belin's three-pointer. However, CSU answered right back, using a Lee three-pointer with just under seven minutes to play to cap a 14-3 run and give the Vikings their first lead of the afternoon, 25-24.
YSU came right back, scoring the next 18 straight points until a Forbes jumper with 36 seconds left gave the Vikings their first points since Lee's three-pointer.
The Penguins led at halftime, 42-27.
Forbes scored 11 first half points and Lee added 10, but it was the Vikings who hurt themselves with 11 first half turnovers which YSU turned into 16 points.
Belin scored 15 points in the opening half, making four three-pointers.
The Penguins took their largest lead of the game (54-37) on three free throws be Belin, but CSU rattled off 10 of the next 12 points to pull back within seven (56-50) midway through the second half.
But a three-pointer by DJ Cole and a layup and three-pointer by Perry pushed the lead back to 14 points (64-50) and the lead remained double-figures the rest of the afternoon.
CSU is out of action for a week until the Vikings play at UIC next Saturday (Feb. 2) at 8:00 p.m. EST.