CHICAGO, Ill. – Daniel Levitt hit four three-pointers for a career-high 12 points and Gary Waters earned his 350th career win as Cleveland State won at Loyola, 60-54, on Wednesday night.
The win improves CSU to 3-7 this year, while the Ramblers fall to 5-5 and lost for the first time at home in five games this year.
Earl Peterson led Loyola with 16 points.
The Ramblers took their largest lead of the game (18-11) on a three-pointer by Ben Richardson nine minutes into the contest. However, the Vikings would close the half on a 12-6 run – holding the Ramblers without a field goal for more than nine minutes at one point – and went into the locker room down just one point (24-23).
The second half was back and forth, featuring five ties and seven lead changes with CSU taking a 47-42 lead on back-to-back three-pointers from Hasbargen and Levitt. However, the Ramblers responded with five straight points to tie the game at 47-47, but two free throws by Blount and a long three-pointer from Levitt with the shot clock winding down gave CSU a 52-47 lead with 2:12 to play and Hasbargen, Yates and Blount all hit two free throws each in the final 30 seconds to ice the win.
The Vikings held a 38-33 advantage on the boards, blocked six shots and made nine steals.
CSU finished 7-of-17 from three-point and held Loyola to 3-of-13 from long range.
CSU is back in action on Saturday (Dec. 19) when the Vikings host Belmont at 1:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.