CLEVELAND, Ohio – Trey Lewis scored a career-high 23 points and Cleveland State shot 63-percent from the field to claim a 78-55 victory over Ball State on Saturday night in the Wolstein Center.
Lewis, who was making his second straight start with Charlie Lee sidelined with a knee injury, made 7-of-10 from the field, including both of his three-pointers, to break his old career-high effort of 19 points done during his freshman season at Penn State. He added five rebounds and four assists.
CSU, which is now 3-0 at home this year, improved to 4-3 this season and defeated the Cardinals for the second straight season. BSU fell to 2-4 this year.
The Vikings shot 62-percent (13-21) from the field in the opening half and were even better in the second half, hitting 14-of-22 (.636) from the floor.
The 63-percent effort was CSU's best shooting night since the Vikings were 25-of-37 (.676) in a win at Loyola on Feb. 3, 2012.
The Vikings scored the first eight points of the game and opened up a 14 point lead (23-9) with 8:41 to go in the first half on a Lewis free throw. CSU's defense was stingy over the first 12 minutes, holding Ball State to a 3-of-13 effort.
However, the Cardinals slowly trimmed the CSU lead, taking it under double figures on a three-point play by Chris Bond that made it 28-19 with just over three minutes to go. Forbes answered on the other end with a three-pointer from the top of the key to extend the lead back to 12 points (31-19), but a 7-2 spurt by the Cardinals brought them back within seven (33-26) with 1:51 left in the half.
Forbes responded with his third three-pointer of the half to push the lead back to 10 points (38-28), but the Cardinals ended the half with a mini 4-1 run to slice the deficit to seven (39-32) at the break.
Ball State cut the CSU lead to four points on two occasions early in the second half, but an 8-2 CSU run, capped by a Harris dunk, extended the Viking lead back to 10 points (49-39) with 13:19 left. The Cardinals responded with a 6-2 run, but Sebastian Douglas hit a pair of free throws and followed with a layup in transition after a Marlin Mason blocked shot as CSU's lead swelled back to double digits (55-45) midway through the second half.
The Cardinals would not threaten the rest of the night.
CSU hit 7-of-11 (.636) from three point, including a 3-of-4 effort from Forbes, and held a 32-25 advantage on the boards.
CSU returns to action on Wednesday (Dec. 4) when the Vikings travel to Drexel for a 7:00 p.m. contest as a BracketBuster return game.
- Cleveland State improved to 3-0 at home this season.
- Trey Lewis scored a career-high 23 points, breaking his old career-high of 19 points set during his freshman season at Penn State in 2011-12.
- The Vikings shot a season-best .628 (27-43) from the field. It was CSU's best shooting night since going 25-of-37 (.676) in a win at Loyola on Feb. 3, 2012.
- Bryn Forbes scored all 15 of his points in the first half.
- Charlie Lee missed his second straight game with a knee injury he suffered last Saturday against Robert Morris.
- CSU scored 23 points off 14 Ball State turnovers.
- The Vikings have scored at least 70 points in five of their seven games this year and are averaging 76.1 points per game.