Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance

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An all-time CSU great was honored Saturday, with teammates past and present on hand to support him.

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Cleveland State doomed by lack of shooting, drops fourth straight


Demonte Flannigan scored a career-high 25 points, but Cleveland State’s inability to hit from outside doomed them against Detroit.

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Cleveland State’s spirited comeback falls short as Vikings lose fourth straight


The Vikings made a nine-foot climb out of a 10-foot pit Saturday afternoon.

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Bullet points on the struggling Cleveland State Vikings

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A look at what’s plaguing the Vikings, who have started conference play 0-3. (Hint: It’s the defense, stupid.)

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Cleveland State tops Belmont on Demonte Flannigan hook shot in closing seconds


The Cleveland State Vikings withstood a 19-4 Belmont run, and a Demonte Flannigan hook shot with 1.8 seconds left gave CSU their second straight win.

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Cleveland State outslugs Loyola, Gary Waters gets 350th career win

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It wasn’t pretty, but the Cleveland State Vikings beat the Loyola Ramblers to claim their first road win of the year and No. 350 of Gary Waters’ career

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Cleveland State to retire Norris Cole’s No. 30

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CSU’s top player of the past 10 years is getting his number in the rafters

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CSU offseason roundup: Anton Grady transfers to Wichita State

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The final domino appears to have fallen in Cleveland State basketball’s rough offseason, as standout forward Anton Grady will transfer to Wichita State, the latter school announced Friday. Grady graduated from CSU Saturday, and will be immediately eligible to play for the Shockers next season. Guard Trey Lewis is also transferring from Cleveland State after graduating,

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Leave-land State: What’s going on at CSU?

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In 2012, Gary Waters saw a bright future for the Cleveland State Vikings. Perennial Horizon League power Butler, which had won at least a share of five of the previous six HL championships, left the conference to join the Atlantic 10 conference before finding their way to the revamped Big East. The Vikings were young but promising, with Anton

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

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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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A Beginner’s Guide to the Cleveland State Vikings

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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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WFNY Q&A: Norris Cole talks about Cleveland, LeBron and Life

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The Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, a game that will be rife with plenty of storylines. One which will go under discussed, however, is Heat point guard Norris Cole, a Cleveland State University alumnus, playing against his former teammate—and supporter—LeBron James. WFNY sits down with Cole, along with a few key Clevelanders in advance of the nationally televised match-up.

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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

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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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Lessons from the Road for Cleveland State

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If you’ve been going through Cleveland State basketball withdrawal, have no fear, for Cleveland’s favorite basketball team is back home. The Vikings wrapped up a three-game road trip—one that saw them visit Savannah State, Louisville, and Marshall—with a victory over the Thundering Herd last Friday. That win was the only one that the Vikes came

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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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Why You Should Care About the Cleveland State Vikings: The Non-Basketball Reasons

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Last Friday, we explored the basketball-related reasons to get behind this Cleveland State squad, including head coach Gary Waters, guard Trey Lewis, and a trap-happy, defensive-minded team that will look to run its opponents into the ground. Today, we look at elements of the live game experience that make attending CSU games worth your while.

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Why You Should Care About the Cleveland State Vikings: The Basketball Reasons

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Odds are, you aren’t that interested. Chances are, you can’t name more than one player. Maybe you know the coach’s name. For many Northeast Ohioans, Cleveland State basketball sits just below “step outside barefoot” on the wintertime priority list. WFNY is here to change that.

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Cleveland State Preview: Season Tips Off With Waters Getting A Seven-Year Extension


Since the salad days of Kevin Mackey, the “Run and Stun,” and Ken “The Mouse ” McFadden, there were some seriously lean times for the Cleveland State Men’s College Basketball team. From Mike Boyd to the disastrous Rollie Massimino hire to Mike Garland, the program was headed in the wrong direction. Enter Gary Waters. The former head

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