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Vikings stay hot with win at Wolstein

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.


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