CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters earned his 300th career win as Cleveland State shot 60-percent from the field and had five players in double figures in a 77-66 win over Notre Dame College in the Wolstein Center on Wednesday night.
The Vikings improved to 7-4 this season, while the Falcons slipped to 2-8.
Waters, in his seventh season on the sidelines for the Vikings, won for the 129th time at CSU. He is ranked third in school history in wins. Waters amassed 92 wins in five seasons at Kent State and 79 wins in five years at Rutgers.
Marlin Mason led the Vikings with a career-high 19 points and four blocked shots. Bryn Forbes added 12 points and five assists off the bench, while Charlie Lee scored 11 points and Sebastian Douglas and Tim Kamczyc added 10 each.
The Vikings shot a blistering 73-percent (16-22) from the floor in the second half.
CSU opened a 12 point lead (20-8) six minutes into the contest, hitting six of its first eight shots from the field. Neither team managed to score over the next three plus minutes until a three-pointer from NDC's Eric Dummermuth brought the Falcons within 20-13 with 10:25 to play in the half.
A Dummermuth free throw sliced CSU's lead to six, but back-to-back buckets by Kamczyc and Douglas extended the Viking lead back to double figures (24-14) with just under eight minutes to go in the half.
But NDC used an 18-6 run over the next six minutes to take its first lead since early in the first half when Nathan Ensz tipped in a missed shot to give the Falcons a 32-30 lead.
Mason responded with an alley-oop dunk on the other end from Charlie Lee - his first two of five straight CSU points to end the half, which gave the Vikings a 35-34 lead at the break.
The Falcons opened the first five minutes of the second half on a 12-6 run to take its largest lead of the night (47-40), but a 10-3 spurt by the Vikings tied the contest at 50-50 midway through the second half.
CSU's lead was just two (60-58) with seven minutes to play, but a Mason layup and a free throw and layup by Forbes pushed the advantage to seven points (65-58) with 5:40 left.
The Falcons stopped the run with a basket, but Lee and Josh Ivory hit three-pointers sandwiched between a Mason layup as the Viking lead swelled to 13 points (73-60) with four minutes to play.
CSU went 32-of-53 (.604) from the field and forced 27 Falcon turnovers, which the Vikings turned into 33 points.
The Vikings dished out 21 assists, including four each by Kamczyc and Douglas, and made 17 steals.
The Vikings return to action on Sunday (Dec. 23) when CSU heads to Akron for a 2:00 p.m. contest.
• Head coach Gary Waters won his 300th career game. Waters, who has 129 wins as the head coach at CSU, amassed 92 wins in five years at Kent State and 79 wins in five seasons at Rutgers.
• The Vikings used their fifth different starting lineup of the season through 11 games. Charlie Lee, Sebastian Douglas, Marlin Mason and Tim Kamczyc were joined in the starting lineup by Junior Lomomba.
• Marlin Mason scored a career-high 19 points, going 9-of-12 from the field. He also had four blocked shots.
• Junior Lomomba made his first career start and finished with seven points and three assists in 15 minutes.
• The Vikings improved to 4-0 at home this season and have won six straight at the Wolstein Center dating to last season.
• CSU improved to 3-0 all-time against Notre Dame College.
• The Vikings led at the half, 35-34. It was just the second time all season CSU held a lead after 20 minutes. The only other game was the season opener against Grambling.
• CSU hit a three-pointer for the 445th straight game. The last time the Vikings were held without a three-pointer was Feb. 21, 1998, when CSU went 0-for-8 from behind the arc.
• The game featured 48 turnovers with CSU making 21 and the Falcons committing 27. CSU scored 33 points off the Falcon turnovers.