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Loyola of Chicago tops Cleveland State 67-55
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013

CLEVELAND (AP)—Christian Thomas scored a career-high 21 points and Ben Averkamp added 18 as Loyola of Chicago defeated Cleveland State 67-55 Wednesday to snap a nine-game losing streak against the Vikings.

Thomas was 9 of 13 from the field and Averkamp sank all eight free throw attempts for Loyola (12-7, 2-4 Horizon League), which converted 18 of 22 shots from the charity stripe.

Both teams made just nine shots in the first half and entered intermission tied 25-all. Cleveland State opened the second half on a 13-4 run and led 48-36 with 13:23 left to play. But Loyola rattled off 12 straight points to tie the game at 48.

Cleveland State (10-11, 2-5) regained the lead 55-51 but was held scoreless over the final 4:58 as Loyola pulled away.

Bryn Forbes had 22 points for Cleveland State and is averaging 16.6 points since being inserted into the starting lineup Jan. 7.

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 Top Performers
 Loyola Chicago
Christian Thomas Christian Thomas
9-13,  21 Pts
5 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Cleveland St.
Bryn Forbes Bryn Forbes
7-13,  22 Pts
5 Rebs, 0 Assists

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