As the Horizon League headed into action Wednesday night, three of the top four teams were on the schedule, all playing with hopes of hosting the conference tournament in March.
In Wednesday's first game Cleveland State (14-10, 8-2) hosted Youngstown State (10-16, 1-10), and were able to grab their 8th conference win 73 to 60.
The Vikings had a trio of double digits scorers that included Anton Grady who led with 17 points and 11 rebounds, Charlie Lee had 16 points shooting 3-6 from behind the arc, and Trey Lewis who added in 10 points.
Despite only shooting 43 percent for the game, the Vikings were able to score 77 points and never trailed at any point during the game. A big key to the 13 point win came from Cleveland State's bench, who outscored the Penguins 17-0.
Next up for Cleveland State will be Wright State as they are set to visit on Saturday.
Valparaiso (21-4, 8-2) was able to capture their 8th conference win tonight, with a 78 to 70 victory over the visiting Detroit Titans (11-14, 4-6).
The Crusaders were led by the Walkers (no relation) who combined for 40 points. Darien had game high with 21 points on 7-13 shooting, including three 3 pointers. Tevonn Walker also shot 7-13 and finished with 19 points.
After the game when Darien was asked about his 14 point second half, and what was going through his mind he said, "Get it up and get good looks." That's exactly what he did scoring 11 points in a 2 minute and 40 second span during the second half.
Alec Peters added in 12 points and Vashil Fernandez recorded 3 more blocks giving him 76 on the year, resetting the record for most blocks in a season in Valpo history.
In the Final game of the night in the Horizon League, Oakland University (12-12, 8-2) was able to win 91 to 77 on the road at UIC (5-19, 1-8).
Corey Petros played like a man on a mission tonight scoring 34 points on 15-22 shooting and added in 13 rebounds. Kahlil Felder supplied 20 points as well for the Grizzlies who improved their conference win total to 7.
Oakland scored above 90 points for the second straight game, tonight shooting an astounding 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep.
Next up for Oakland will be a huge match up on Sunday, as they travel to Valpo to try and continue their 7 game winning streak.
After Wednesday night's conference action both Cleveland State and Valparaiso sit atop the Horizon League standings with 8-2 records. Green Bay and Oakland currently sit just below them with a 7-2 record in the league.