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Cleveland State Falls at the Q to Youngstown State 70-55

CLEVELANDDemonte Flannigan scored 18 points and Rob Edwards added 16 points, but Cleveland State dropped a 70-55 decision to Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon in a Horizon League contest at Quicken Loans Arena.

CSU slipped to 7-14 overall and 2-6 in the Horizon League, while the Penguins improved to 8-13 overall (3-5 HL).

Flannigan added six rebounds for the Vikings, while Andre Yates finished with seven points and four assists. Tim Hasbargen added a career-high nine rebounds.

Matt Donlon led the Penguins with 16 points – all in the first half – and Francisco Santiago added 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The Penguins scored seven of the first nine points to open a quick 7-2 lead just four minutes in and force a CSU timeout. The Vikings responded with a 14-2 run out of the stoppage to take their largest lead of the half (16-9) on a Tim Hasbargen tip-in.

YSU came right back, taking a 27-25 lead with just under four minutes to play in the half when Donlon knocked down his fourth three-pointer of the half and the Penguins rode a 35-31 lead into halftime.

The Vikings pulled within one point several times early in the second half and were within two (42-40) with 13:21 to play, but YSU used a 16-2 run over the next seven minutes to take its largest lead of the game (58-42) on a Cameron Morse three-pointer.

The Vikings return to action on Thursday (Jan. 28) when CSU travels to Valparaiso for an 8:00 pm ET contest to close out the first round of Horizon League play.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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