The USF Dons improved to 2-0, riding a late 27-8 run to pull away from the Cleveland State Vikings at War Memorial Gymnasium Wednesday night, 91-82.
Cleveland State (1-1) went up 65-56 on Sebastian Douglas’ layup with 9:17 remaining, but the Dons responded with a huge run, going up 83-73 on Avry Holmes’ 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining.
Mark Tollefsen scored 18 points to lead the Dons while Tim Derksen came off the bench to add 17. Holmes tossed in 14 points, Cole Dickerson had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Matt Glover also scored 12 points. Cody Doolin handed out 11 assists.
Charlie Lee and Douglas each scored 15 points to pace Cleveland State. Jon Harris added 14 points and Bryn Forbes and Trey Lewis each had 12.
USF won the rebounding battle 33-26 on the night.
The Dons opened the game on an 8-0 run before the Vikings rallied to take a 38-35 halftime lead.
The Dons continue a four-game homestand to open the season on Friday night when Nevada (1-1) visits War Memorial. Tipoff is 7 p.m.