Hayes scores 30, Oakland rallies to beat Cleveland St 81-68

Jalen Hayes

Jalen Hayes scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Kendrick Nunn added 20 points with five 3-pointers, and Oakland rallied to beat Cleveland State 81-68 on Thursday night to win five of its last six.

Martez Walker scored 11 points for the Golden Grizzlies (11-8, 3-3 Horizon League) who overcame 37 percent first-half shooting to finish shooting 53.6 percent from the floor while holding the Vikings to 22 of 61 field goals (36.1 percent ).

Down by three at halftime after trailing the entire first half, Oakland opened the second half with a 20-7 run in which Walker scored eight points and rallied to a 49-39 lead on Isaiah Brock's dunk with 13:37 to play. Nunn, who leads the nation in made 3s per game (4.87), hit three straight 3-pointers for a 63-50 Oakland lead, then hit back-to-back 3s to make it 79-64 with 2:29 to go. Cleveland State got no closer than 11 from there.

Carpenter scored 17 points, Tyree Appleby added 14 with seven assists, and Stefan Kenic scored 10 for Cleveland State (4-14, 1-4), which has lost three straight.