Charlie Lee-led Vikings buck Broncos in CIT first round

Charlie Lee

He missed the first six games of the season. He missed playing at Louisville. He missed out on the Horizon League championship, in both the regular season and conference tournament. He missed out on the NCAA Tournament. He missed out on a lot of things this year. But Cleveland State senior Charlie Lee wasn’t ready to call

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Cleveland State’s Quest for Big Dance Ends in Valparaiso

Cleveland State Vikings

It wasn’t a surprising result. They were playing on the road. They were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. They were playing the conference champions. They were playing against a bigger team, a stronger team, perhaps a more skilled team. So it is not much of a shocker that the Cleveland State Vikings’

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Charting the Vikings’ Course to the Big Dance

CSU Viking Ship

Their regular season ended with disappointment, and their path to the NCAA Tournament is much tougher than it would have been had they beaten Valparaiso last Friday, but the Cleveland State Vikings ain’t dead yet. They are the number four seed in the eight-team Horizon League tournament, and Friday night they play the Detroit Titans in

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CSU’s Lewis, Grady, Lee earn All-Horizon League honors

CSUVikings.com

While their recent loss to Valparaiso was quite the storm cloud, there is a silver lining to the end of the Cleveland State Vikings’ regular season: Trey Lewis, Anton Grady, and Charlie Lee all earned All-Horizon League honors. Grady and Lewis (pictured above) were both named to the all-league first team, while Grady and Lee

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CSU falls to Milwaukee, loses shot at regular season conference title

Lonnie Timmons III/The Plain Dealer

Cleveland State controlled their own destiny, and then they fumbled it away. The Vikings beat Green Bay in an overtime thriller Friday night, but fell to the Milwaukee Panthers 66-60 Sunday afternoon in the second leg of their two-game Wisconsin road trip. The loss ends CSU’s hopes for the regular season Horizon League title,1 though they can still get

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CSU hands Green Bay first home loss, controls own destiny in Horizon League

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The Cleveland State Vikings completed a season sweep of Green Bay Friday night, winning 66-61 in overtime and handing the Phoenix their first home loss of the season. They did it all on national television, with the game broadcast on ESPN2. With the win, Cleveland State improves to 18-11, and 11-3 in Horizon League play. They

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Cleveland State Splits Weekend Games; In Second Place in Horizon League

Cleveland State Team Picture

Cleveland State split two games over the weekend, losing a half-game’s worth of ground in their pursuit of the top spot in the Horizon League. They lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds at Detroit Friday night, but rebounded to defeat Illinois-Chicago Sunday behind a strong second half. The Vikings’ record now stands at 16-11, 10-3 in

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Cleveland State outshoots Wright State, back on top of Horizon League

CSU-Wright State

Head coach Gary Waters’ tenure at Cleveland State has been defined by his teams’ defense, and this year’s squad is no exception. The Vikings entered Saturday afternoon’s game against the Wright State Raiders allowing less than 62 points per game, a mark that puts CSU in the top 20 percent of the 347 NCAA Division I teams. They average

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Cleveland State ices Penguins, now 8-2 in conference play

CSU-YSU

The Cleveland State Vikings continued their winning ways in the Horizon League Wednesday night, as they built a comfortable lead early and went wire-to-wire to beat the Youngstown State Penguins 73-60 at the Wolstein Center. Anton Grady paced the Vikings with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Charlie Lee and Trey Lewis combined for 26

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Cleveland State Vikings

Cleveland State Team Picture

Let me let you in on a little secret, sports fans: I did not expect to take the Cleveland State Vikings all that seriously when I took on the task of covering them this season. We at WFNY were glad to have access to the team, but we understood that the Vikings are not the biggest needle-mover in

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Cleveland State sends Green Bay packing

CSU-Green Bay

Last season, a surging Cleveland State team hosted Green Bay in mid-February. The Vikings were on a seven-game winning streak, including five on the road. It didn’t matter. The Phoenix came into Cleveland and embarrassed CSU. They led by 13 at the half and won by 14. Green Bay bested Cleveland State in field goal

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Audience with the King: Cleveland State Loses Before LeBron

CSU-Oakland

LeBron James, in town for the Cavaliers’ game against the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, was in attendance as the Cleveland State Vikings took on the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in Rochester, Michigan Monday night. The young Vikings would have done well to play like LeBron’s Cavaliers as they looked to win their fourth straight game and sweep

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Dismember the Titans: Cleveland State beats Detroit to win third straight

CSU-Detroit

During the national anthem Friday night at the Wolstein Center, Cleveland State guard Charlie Lee stretched his ankles. He put his right foot behind him and then his left, rotating each to warm up his lower joints as he surveyed his teammates. With two Vikings dealing with ankle issues—Andre Yates missed the game with a high

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Who’s Over .500? These Guys! Cleveland State beats Wright State

CSU-Wright State

Don’t despair, Cleveland basketball fans. There’s one team with a winning record in the Forest City. The Cleveland State Vikings (10-9, 4-1 in Horizon League) did not play outstanding basketball Wednesday night in Dayton, where they squared off with the Wright State Raiders (10-8, 2-2). They shot a cover-your-eyes bad 3-of-19 from the three-point line.

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Working for the Weekend: Cleveland State Wins First Two Conference Games

CSU-Milwaukee & UIC

While we were spending our weekends on the couch under a blanket of warm nacho cheese and cool beverage cans, the Cleveland State Vikings went to work. After a so-so start to the season, the Vikes opened Horizon League play with two wins, their first back-to-back victories since November. They blew out Wisconsin-Milwaukee at home Friday

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Cleveland State Opens Conference Play vs Milwaukee

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The Cleveland State University Vikings (6-8) begin Horizon League play Friday night when they take on the Milwaukee Panthers (5-9) at the Wolstein Center. The game tips off at 7 p.m. The non-conference schedule has not been very kind to the Vikings. Five of their eight losses coming on the road, including two against ranked teams,

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Cleveland State’s Win, in Limericks

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Cleveland State won Monday, and they won big. To pay homage to the artists of the world (including the CSU pep band, which always brings the goods, pictured above), WFNY elected to summarize the action through limerick poetry. Please do enjoy, and be a patron of the arts this holiday season: The Cougars from Mount Vernon

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CSU Ain’t Got No Alibi: Vikings lose ugly to Toledo

WFNY/Will Gibson

The following has happened to me; maybe it’s happened to you, too: You have plans. Maybe you’re going out to dinner, having a power lunch, meeting friends for a drink, or running a big day of errands. Whatever it is, you have things you intend to get done. You get dressed, you gather your things,

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Extra Sloppy For Ya: Cleveland State Beats Jacksonville State

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The Cleveland State Vikings improved to 2-1 Wednesday evening, defeating the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 60-46. Junior guard Kaza Keane led the Vikings with 13 points, while Anton Grady scored 12 and Marlin Mason added 10. Cleveland State won the rebounding battle, 39-24, including 15 offensive boards. The Vikings forced 12 Gamecock turnovers, although it felt

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How To Tame Your Dragon: Cleveland State Gets First Win

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The Cleveland State Vikings (1-1) notched their first victory of the young season Monday, beating the Division II Tiffin Dragons (1-2) 85-56. I realized midway through the first half that Vikings versus Dragons is the entire plot of How to Train Your Dragon.1 In many ways, the events of the game mirrored those of the movie.

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