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Charlie Lee stays hot from field, free throw line in Cleveland State win

Charlie Lee connected on four 3-pointers on the way to a 14-point day in leading Cleveland State to a 74-50 win over visiting Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.

Lee, who was 4-for-8 from the floor including 4-for-6 from behind the arc and stretched his consecutive free throw string to 27 by going 2-for-2, was one of four Vikings in double figures as Anton Grady and Bryn Forbes added 12 each and Jon Harris contributed another 10 off the CSU bench.

The win pushed Cleveland State to 10-4 in the Horizon League and 19-10 overall, allowing the Vikings to remain in second place behind league champ Green Bay, who will get a double bye and will host the conference tournament.

Cleveland State, winners of eight of its last nine, holds a one game lead over third place Valparaiso (9-5) with two games remaining. The season ends with the Vikings playing March 1 at Valpo. The Crusaders hold the upper hand, having won the first meeting this season with Cleveland State. Should the two teams tie the tie breaker is head-to-head meetings and a Valpo win on its home floor against Cleveland State would clinch that second double bye position for the Crusaders.

The only way that does not come into play is Cleveland State defeating Youngstown State and Valpo losing at Wright State in games to be played Tuesday.

Milwaukee, which fell to 6-8 in the league and 16-12 overall with the loss, fell behind early and trailed 31-15 at intermission and never was in the game in the second half that saw the Vikings open a lead of as many as 26 before settling for the 24-point win.

Kyle Kelm led the Panthers with 13 points, with most coming at the line where he was 7-for-10. Cody Wichmann was next for Milwaukee with eight points off the bench as Milwaukee was limited to just 31% shooting from the field.

Prior to its regular season game at Valpo, the Vikings host a Tuesday meeting with Youngstown State, which rallied on its home floor for a 67-66 decision over CSU on Jan. 13.

The Vikings honored four senior players and a senior manager in the second to last home game. They are players Ludovic Ndaye, Jon Harris, Devon Long and Raphael Veira along with manager A.J. Montamaro