FAIRBORN, OH.- The road continues to be a rough ride for the Cleveland State men's basketball team, which dropped to 1-2 in Horizon League play with a 69-53 setback against Wright State at the Nutter Center.
While Bryn Forbes led the Vikings with 15 points, that was not enough to hold off the host Raiders, who got 23 points off the bench from Jerren Young to remain unbeaten (3-0) in league play.
Again, it was a slow start for the Vikings, who fell to 9-8 overall after seeing the Raiders take an 8-0 lead that included a 4-point play from Matt Vest that was followed by a 3-pointer by Cole Darling. Both had eight points for the Raiders, who also saw Kendall Griffin collect 12 points to improve to 12-4 overall.
The Vikings, who trailed Valparaiso by double digits in the opening minutes of a recent road loss, were able to cut the Raiders lead to 14-10 only to see Wright State rattle off 10 points from four different players.
Cleveland State had only four players score in the first half, with Forbes, who also led the Vikings with five boards, getting eight of his team-high 15 before intermission. Only Devon Long with five points along with Charlie Lee and Marlin Mason with two points in the first half, were part of teh score book a the Vikings trailed 35-17 at the half.
The Vikings used an 11-2 run to open the second half to shave the Wright State lead to 37-28 but that was where the Raiders regained control, leading by as many as 20 late in the contest using a run of 14 points and two of eight points over the course of the game to remain unbeaten in league play.
The Vikings, on the other hand, were able to put together just that eight point run that cut Wright State's lead from 37-20 to 37-28 early in the second half. CSU had three 5-point runs but never got closer than that 37-28 deficit the rest of the way.
Cleveland State, which hosts Detroit at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wolstein Center, got eight points each from Tim Kamczyc and Junior Lomomba in the second half after both were held scoreless in the first 20 minutes while Long finished with seven .