Kent, Ohio - Cleveland State used a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures and earned a big road win in the Vikings final nonconference tune-up with a 78-70 victory at Kent State on Saturday night.
CSU improved to 8-6 this year, while KSU fell to 9-3 and lost for just the second time in nine home games this year.
It marked the third straight year that the visiting team won on the other's home floor in the series.
Bryn Forbes and Sabastian Douglas scored 14 points apiece to lead CSU, while Trey Lewis and Anton Grady tallied 12 apiece.
Forbes added a career-high tying five assists, while Douglas grabbed a career-best seven rebounds.
Derek Jackson scored 18 points for KSU, while Mark Henniger and Darren Goodson added 14 each.
The Vikings hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the key road win.
KSU took an early 7-4 lead, but an 11-2 run gave the Vikings a 15-6 lead six minutes in. Forbes hit a three-pointer to start the run that also featured back-to-back three-pointers by Mason.
The Vikings finished the first half 5-of-8 from three-point, with five of their 11 first half field goals coming behind the arc.