Cleveland, Ohio – Junior Damian Eargle recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Cleveland, Ohio, native Ashen Ward scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to lead the Youngstown State men's basketball past Cleveland State, 73-67, at the Wolstein Center.
The Guins improve to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in the Horizon League while the Vikings fall to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Senior DuShawn Brooks also reached double figures with 17 points, including 11 in the first half, and as a team, the Guins shot 58.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
After a 3-pointer by CSU's Jeremy Montgomery tied the game at 40-40 at the 13:46 mark, the Guins, who shot 65 percent (13-for-20) in the second half, used a 15-6 run over the next five minutes to take a 55-46 lead with 8:34 to go and never trailed again.
Ward started the run with a 3-pointer and after a 3-pointer by Blake Allen and jumper by Josh Chojnacki the Guins ahead by eight, 52-44, at 10:47. Allen also made a layup at the 8:34 mark put the Guins up by nine.
The Vikings cut the deficit down to one on two occasions – 57-56 at the 5:18 mark and 59-58 with 4:31 to go.
Ward hit his second 3-pointer of the half and then drove the lane for a layup to extend the Guins' edge to seven, 66-59, with 1:52 remaining.
Ward also made four straight free throws with under a minute to left, including the final two charity tosses with five seconds left to give the Guins a 73-64 lead.
CSU's D'Aundray Brown hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left for the game's final points.
The Guins, who shot 52.2 percent in the first half, jumped out to a 19-7 lead midway through the first half keyed by eight points from Brooks.
The Vikings, however, went on a 13-1 run to tie the game at 20-20, before a 3-pointer from Ward and a jumper by Brooks pushed the Guins lead to 25-20 at the 3:47 mark.
Montgomery, though, nailed three straight 3-pointers – the last with 54 seconds left in the half – to take a four-point lead, 31-27.
Kendrick Perry, who scored eight points, hit a jumper with three seconds remaining to bring the Guins within two, 31-29, at the half.
The Guins return home to face Loyola, Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7:05 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.