Loyola-Illinois matched Cleveland State's second-half surge with one of its own, finishing with a flourish to beat the host Vikings 67-55 in a Horizon League game Wednesday at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.
Sophomore forward Christian Thomas scored 21 points for the Ramblers (12-7, 2-4 Horizon), who have won their last two games after losing four in a row. Senior forward Ben Averkamp added 18 points.
Freshman guard Bryn Forbes scored a game-high 22 points for the Vikings (10-11, 2-5), who have lost three in a row and four of five.
The game was tied 25-25 at intermission. Cleveland State opened the second half with a surge and went up 46-33 when Devon Long converted a three-point play with 13:39 to play, but the Ramblers outscored the Vikings 15-2 over the next seven minutes.
Loyola tied the game at 48-48 with 6:44 remaining and took a 56-55 lead when Devon Turk made a 3-pointer with 3:51 left. The Ramblers outscored the Vikings 16-0 over the final 4:30.
Loyola shot 53.7 percent from the field while holding Cleveland State to 39.6 percent. The Ramblers outrebounded the Vikings 33-21.