CLEVELAND, Ohio– Cleveland State returned from a nine-day layoff and snapped a two-game skidwith a 66-55 victory over Western Carolina on Monday night at the WolsteinCenter.
CSU improved to5-5 this year, while the Catamounts fell to 5-7. WCU was playing its fifth gamein the state of Ohio this year.
SebastianDouglas led the Vikings with a career-high tying 16 points, hitting all sixof his shots from the field and 4-of-5 at the free throw line. Douglas addedthree rebounds.
AntonGrady scored 13 points, while TreyLewis finished with 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of steals. BrynForbes was the fourth CSU player in double figures with 11 points and JonHarris added nine points and six rebounds off the bench.
CSU played oneof its best games on the defensive end, tying the season-low for points allowedand holding the Catamounts to .365 (19-52) shooting from the field. The Vikingdefense also forced an opponent season-high 18 turnovers.
The Vikings ledby two points at the half, but WCU opened the first four minutes of the secondstanza by scoring 12 of the first 16 points to assume a 42-38 lead.
But that's whenthe Vikings took over, scoring 11 straight points to take a 49-42 lead with12:15 to go. CSU held the Catamounts to just two field goals and two freethrows over a 13 minute stretch, opening up an 11 point lead (60-49) with justover three minutes to play.
WCU opened itslargest lead of the first half (22-14) 11 minutes in, but seven straight pointsby CSU brought the Vikings within one point (22-21) with six minutes to play inthe half.
A Jon Harristhree-pointer broke the fifth tie of the first half and gave CSU a 30-27 lead,but Sumler answered with three free throws on the other end to knot the contestfor the sixth time in the first half with just over a minute to play.
A Douglas stealand layup with five seconds left gave the Vikings a 32-30 halftime lead.
The Vikings areback in action on Wednesday (Dec. 18) when CSU hosts Notre Dame (OH) at 7:00p.m. at the Wolstein Center.