The Youngstown State men's basketball team had an off shooting night and could never get on track in 67-47 loss to Cleveland State on Saturday at the Beeghly Center.
The fourth-largest crowd in school history of 6,313 witnessed a strong first half by the Vikings.
Cleveland State shot 58.6 percent making 17-of-29 shots, including 6-of-8 from behind the 3-point arc in the opening half. YSU never got on track all night making just 28 percent (7-of-25) in the first half and 30.9 percent for the game (17-of-55).
With the win, CSU gains sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings at 8-2 and 18-4 overall. The Penguins are 11-9 overall and 6-4 in the league race entering three straight road games.
Youngstown State led twice in the first four minutes, but after the Vikings went on top 10-9 at the 14:42 mark of the first half, the Penguins never led again.
After DuShawn Brooks' 3-pointer with 11:34 left in the first half pulled the Guins within 15-12, the Vikings scored the next eight points in a span of exactly three minutes.
YSU scored five consecutive points on a 3-pointer by Kendrick Perry and two Blake Allen free throws to get the Guins within 23-16. However, following Allen's free throws at the 6:43 mark, the Vikings outscored the Penguins 18-4 the remainder of the half to build a 41-19 halftime lead.
In the second half, Youngstown State was able to cut the deficit to 58-41 with 8:39 remaining on a jumper by Perry, but that was as close as it would get.
Allen led the way for YSU with 11 points while Damian Eargle had 10 along with Perry. Anton Grady scored a game-high 14 points and hauled in 11 rebounds. Tre Harmon had 10 points as well for the Vikings.
The Penguins are back in action on Tuesday night at Milwaukee. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be on 570 WKBN.