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Balanced Vikings pull away from YSU

CLEVELAND — Torrey Patton scored 17 points off the bench to carry Cleveland State to an 87-69 win over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.

D’Moi Hodge added 14 points and Chris Greene supplied 13, as the Vikings improved to 3-3 overall and 3-0 in the Horizon League. Tre Gomillion had six rebounds.

The Penguins fell to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the league. Freshman Shemar Rathan-Mayes scored 17 points and senior Garrett Covington added 13 for the Penguins. Michael Akuchie had nine rebounds and three blocks.

The Vikings shot 68 percent from the floor and made six 3-pointers in the second half to finish the game shooting 55.4 percent from the field.

Youngstown State was limited to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Naz Bohannon, who led the Penguins in scoring entering the contest at 19.0 points per game, failed to make a shot (0 of 5).

The Penguins jumped out to a fast start and led 19-11 with 9:40 remaining in the first half. Rathan-Mayes sparked the Penguins with 11 points before intermission.

Cleveland State went on an 10-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 21-19 lead. Rathan-Mayes hit a 3-pointer to put the Penguins up 22-21, but the Vikings then outscored YSU 17-6 to close the half with a 38-28 lead heading into the lockerroom.

The Penguins and Vikings close the two-game series today. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. at the Wolstein Center.

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