CLEVELAND, Ohio– JonHarris and SebastianDouglas combined for 32 points off the bench and Cleveland State won forthe fourth time in the last five games with a 73-63 victory over Detroit inHorizon League action on Wednesday night in the Wolstein Center.
The winimproves CSU to 10-7 overall and 2-1 in league play, while Detroit fell to 8-9overall and 1-1 in the Horizon League.
Harris made allseven of his shots from the field, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds andthree assists, while Douglas continued his torrid pace with 14 points, acareer-high tying five assists and four rebounds.
Douglas hit6-of-8 from the field and improved his season field goal percentage to .649(61-94). He is 34-of-42 (.810) from the field over the last eight games.
AntonGrady added 15 points and eight rebounds, just missing his third straightdouble-double. CharlieLee dished out nine assists, one off his career-high and the most by a CSUplayer this season, while MarlinMason finished with eight points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Vikingsdished out a season-high 25 assists, one shy of tying their season-high, on 26baskets, while committing a season-low six turnovers. CSU turned 14 Titanturnovers into 21 points.
CSU led by 15points (58-43) with 11:26 to play, but saw the Titans pull within nine (60-51)with 7:53 left. The teams traded baskets, but a three-pointer from Anton Wilsonignited a 7-0 Titan run as Detroit pulled within four points (64-60) with justover four minutes left.
Grady answeredwith a layup and the teams traded baskets until a Harris jumper from thebaseline pushed the CSU lead back to seven points (70-63) with 1:30 left. Aftera defensive stop, Grady hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to ninepoints with 33 seconds left.
CSU hit17-of-24 (.708) from the free throw line.
Both teamsstruggled from the floor in the early going, combining to make just one of thefirst 10 field goals, but CSU used a TreyLewis three-pointer to start a 10-2 run that gave the Vikings a 13-4 leadseven minutes in on a Harris three-pointer.
Four straightpoints by Detroit brought the Titans back within five (13-8), but Harris cappeda 9-0 run with a dunk and two free throws as CSU's lead grew to 14 points(22-8) with 7:48.
The Viking leadreached as many as 15 points in the first half (31-16; 4:00) on a pair of freethrows by Mason before CSU settled on a 10 point (37-27) halftime advantage.
The Vikings committedjust one first half turnover and held the Titans to 8-of-22 (.364) shootingwith eight turnovers in the opening stanza.
The Vikings areback in action on Monday (Jan. 13) when CSU travels to Youngstown State for a7:05 p.m. contest.