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Cumberland leads Oakland over Cleveland State 89-77

CLEVELAND (AP) Jaevin Cumberland had 27 points and seven rebounds and Oakland never trailed in an 89-77 victory over Cleveland State in the Horizon League opener for both teams on Friday night.

Xavier Hill-Mais added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Grizzlies (5-9). Tray Maddox had 17 points and Brad Brechting scored 10.

Oakland went on a 10-0 run to lead 83-66 on Braden Norris' pair of free throws with 3:37 left. The Vikings (5-9) were unable to get the deficit back into single digits from there.

The Grizzlies built a 20-10 lead in the first six minutes of the first half, but Cleveland State tied it at 33-all with 2:26 left in the half. Cumberland scored the next seven points and Oakland went into the half with a 40-37 lead.

Tyree Appleby had 15 of his 21 points in the first half for the Vikings. Jaalam Hill scored 13 and Stefan Kenic and Dontel Highsmith added 11 apiece.

Updated December 28, 2018

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