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Cleveland State men's basketball pulls away late, beats Detroit Mercy 72-70

D'Moi Hodge made a go-ahead layup with six seconds left before stealing the ball on the ensuing inbounds play.

CLEVELAND — *EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video is from last spring.

D'Moi Hodge scored 16 points to lead four in double figures and Cleveland State pulled away late to edge Detroit Mercy 72-70.

Torrey Patton added 13 points and 11 rebounds for CSU (11-4, 7-1 Horizon League). It was Patton's second straight double-double and fifth for the season. Tre Gomillion added 13 points and Nathanael Jack had 12.

Down by as many as six in the second half, Cleveland Heights native Yahel Hill made a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to put the Vikings ahead, only Antoine Davis to come back with a layup that gave the Titans a one-point advantage. But with six ticks to go, Hodge made a layup and then stole the ball on the ensuing inbounds play, later being fouled and making a free throw to help ice the game for good.

Davis scored 35 points on 12-of-19 shooting to lead Detroit (5-9, 3-2), which lost its second straight after a 3-0 conference start. Outside of Davis, the Titans made just 1 of 13 3-point attempts.

Now by themselves in second place in the Horizon League, defending champion Cleveland State will get five days off before hosting Youngstown State Friday night at the Wolstein Center.

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