CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland State notched its 15th #HLMBB win of the season Saturday night inside the Wolstein Center.
Prior to the start of Saturday's contest, the Vikings honored their four seniors: Craig Beaudion, Franklyn Penn Jr., Torrey Patton and Algevon Eichelberger. Raymond Brooks and Dalon King, two of the team's graduate assistants, were also recognized.
- Cleveland State recorded its program-record 15th #HLMBB win of the season on Saturday night.
- Saturday's win also marked the team's eighth victory inside the Wolstein Center this year.
- The Vikings scored 71 points on 26-52 (.500) shooting from the floor, including a 14-26 (.528) mark from the field in the second half.
- Cleveland State grabbed 35 rebounds, to Detroit Mercy's 31, in addition to dishing out 14 assists, to Detroit Mercy's eight.
- The Vikes outscored the Titans 34-2 in points off the bench, in addition to fast break points (15-2) and points in the paint (24-22).
- Cleveland State had three players finish with 10-or-more points: Torrey Patton (15), Alec Oglesby (15) and Craig Beaudion (10).
- Patton, who scored a career-high 33 points against the Titans on Friday, tallied a team-high tying 15 points on 6-10 (.600) shooting from the field, in addition to eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 35 minutes of play.
- Over his last four games, Patton is averaging 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.
- Deante Johnson grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, in addition to a career-high tying five blocks and seven points in 37 minutes.
- Johnson, who rejected five shots against Toledo in the team's first game of the season, is one of only 28 players in the NCAA this season to record 12-or-more rebounds and five-or-more blocks in a single game.
- The junior's five blocks are tied for third-most all-time in program history.
- Oglesby notched 15 points, connecting on 3-6 from deep, in Saturday's win.
- The freshman was two points shy of tying his career-high of 17 set against Northern Kentucky on Jan. 9.
- Craig Beaudion finished with 10 points on 4-6 (.667) shooting, including a 2-4 (.500) clip from three-point territory, while Yahel Hill chipped in eight points and a career-high five assists.
Cleveland State found itself in another early double-digit hole, down by 14 at the 14:51 mark of the opening half. The Vikings fought their way back throughout the first half, with Alec Oglesby tying the game at 29, knocking down two of three free throws.
Torrey Patton gave Cleveland State its first lead of the game off of a jump shot, 31-30, with just under one minute left to play in the first 20 minutes.
At the intermission of Saturday's tilt, the Titans held a slim two-point, 33-31, lead.
Cleveland State began the second half on a 22-10 run, with Oglesby knocking down a corner jump shot to give the Vikes a 10-point, 53-43, advantage. Yahel Hill connected on a triple, extending Cleveland State's lead to 11, 56-45, with 10:13 left to play in regulation.
Detroit Mercy cut its deficit to six points, 63-57, off of a Antoine Davis jump shot. With 1:19 on the clock, Cleveland State held a three-point, 67-64, advantage.
The Vikings withheld the Titans' late second half comeback, as Cleveland State notched a 71-64 win in its final regular season home game of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Green and White will host a quarterfinal game of the Horizon League Tournament on Tuesday, March 2nd.
The Vikings will conclude their regular season next weekend in a two-game series against Purdue Fort Wayne. Tipoff for Friday and Saturday are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+, in addition to 1420-WHK, 102.5 FM and www.whkradio.com.