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Horizon League Tournament: Cleveland State Moves On After Win

Cleveland State was disappointed to be seeded third in the Horizon League Tournament after spending so much of the season in the driver’s seat. Now, with a first round BYE gone, the Vikings would have to win three games to get the League’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. That voyage started tonight with the 73-61 home win over Illinois-Chicago at the Wolstein Center.

Norris Cole scored 26 points for the Vikings, who broke a school record with 16 home wins on the season. Cleveland State raced to a 40-23 halftime lead and never looked back in moving to 25-7 on the season.

Up next, the Vikings will play No. 6 seed Wright State who defeated Green Bay 60-50 in their first round match.

In the other two Horizon League games, Detroit got past Loyola (IL) 90-69 while Valparaiso beat Youngstown State 80-71.

Cleveland State has defeated Wright State twice this season, beating them at home 65-46 on January 22, then winning the road rematch 74-72 on February 16.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.