The Cleveland State men’s basketball team suffered their first Horizon League loss on Thursday night, losing 85-71 to Youngstown State. The Vikings (7-7, 2-1 HL) hit 53% of his shots off the floor, but the Penguins (10-4, 2-1 HL) beat his CSU at the free-throw line from 3 and won.
Cleveland State had four players in double digits led by Tristan Enaluna and DeShon Parker. Parker finished with a season-high 18 points along with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Enaluna also had 18 rebounds and 8 rebounds. The Dutch junior came off the floor as he finished 7-15.
Tay Williams scored 16 points on an 8-10 shot, and Drew Louder added 10.
Youngstown State hit eight triples, almost all in big spots, to beat Cleveland State 17-10 from the free-throw line. Brandon Rush led the Penguins with his 21 points scored.
Cleveland State got off to a good start with a 5-0 mini-run to start the game. Youngstown State responded and tied at 5 at 16:27. Both teams went back and forth from there, trading small leads.
The Penguins took control late in the first half. YSU were led by 8 on Marek Green’s layup with 1:27 remaining in the half. Youngstown State took his 39-32 lead.
Cleveland State responded from the halftime locker room. The Vikings slowly chipped away, cutting his YSU lead to his two with Deante Johnson’s dunk at the 14:52 mark.
A quick response from Youngstown State kept the Vikings at bay as an 8-0 spurt from the Penguins pushed the lead back to double digits at the 12:52 mark.
Cleveland State was able to cut the lead back to 5 in two innings with less than 5 minutes remaining, but the Vikings were unable to come close. YSU he pulled away late with a final score of 85-71.
Cleveland State continues its path to take on Robert Morris in the second game of a two-game Horizon League Road Weekend. The Vikings and Colonials go head-to-head on Saturday at 3pm.