Cleveland State's Dylan Arnett (12) contributed his first career double-double, posting 10 points and 12 rebounds in their 83-71 loss to Oakland at Athletics Center O'rena on Feb. 3.
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Cleveland State's Dylan Arnett (12) playing defense in their 83-71 loss to Oakland at Athletics Center O'rena on Feb. 3, 2024.

CSU men’s basketball falls to Oakland, 83-71

Cleveland State jumped off to a quick start, but after losing the lead seven minutes into the game, the Vikings trailed the rest of the way.

Cleveland State men’s basketball lost to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 83-71, at Athletics Center O’rena on Feb. 3.  

The Vikings gained the lead quickly, holding a five-point lead early, but after giving up the lead seven minutes into the first half they ended up trailing the rest of the game. The Golden Grizzlies stretched their lead to 19 points in the second half. 

CSU continually chipped the deficit into single digits, but were unable to regain the lead. Rebounds and free throws were significant in the Grizzlies’ win. They held a 42-34 rebound advantage and shot 23-23 at the free throw line, while the Vikings shot 8-13. 

For the Vikings, Tristan Enaruna, Tevin Smith and Dylan Arnett had notable performances. Enaruna notched his fourth consecutive game scoring 20 points. He finished as CSU’s highest scorer with 23 points. 

Smith finished with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. While Arnett had the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 12 rebounds. 

With the loss, The Vikings fell to 14-10 overall and 7-6 in Horizon League games.  

Next up, Cleveland State travels to Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday to face the Mastodons at 7 p.m.