Robinson scores 23 to lead Loyola of Chicago past Cleveland St. 65-53
CHICAGO (AP)—Tracy Robinson had a career-high 23 points to lead Loyola of Chicago to a 65-53 Horizon League victory over Cleveland State Saturday night.
The Ramblers (9-13, 5-7 Horizon League) led all the way, taking a 39-25 lead at halftime on the basis of a 12-4 edge in free throw shooting and a 54 percent mark from the field, hitting 13 of 24 shots.
The Vikings (14-9, 7-4 Horizon League) rallied in the second half as Loyola got into foul trouble early, and Cleveland State was in the bonus on free throws less than five minutes into the half.
The Vikings closed the gap to 52-47 when Cedric Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 6:34 left.
The Ramblers then outscored Cleveland State 13-4 over the next five minutes to seal the victory.
The loss was the fourth in a row for the slumping Vikings, who had opened their league play with seven consecutive victories.
For Loyola, it was the first time all season they’ve won three games in a row.
J’Nathan Bullock led Cleveland State with 16 points. J.R. Blount, with 12 points, was the only other Rambler in double figures.