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Cleveland State goes overtime with YSU to clinch second place

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It took an overtime win at home but the Cleveland State men's basketball team earned a second trip this season to Green Bay, Wisc.

That may not be the prize the Vikings had hoped for when the season began, but with a 70-69 overtime win over visiting Youngstown State on Tuesday at the Wolstein Center will give Cleveland State a double bye into the Horizon League semifinals along with league champ Green Bay.

After seeing the Penguins miss a chance for a last-second win in regulation when a YSU shot rimmed out, the Vikings were able to get a defensive stop at the end of overtime to take the 1-point win behind 15 points from Bryn Forbes and get to the 20-win plateau for the 10th time iun school history and fifth time under eighth-year head coach Gary Waters.

Trey Lewis and Charlie Lee each added 10 points for the Vikings, who moved to 11-4 in the Horizon League and 20-10 overall while Youngstown State fell to 6-9 and 15-15.

Forbes, who set a CSU record for 3-pointers in a season with 73 on a trio of 3-pointers against the Penguins, pushed aside the former record of 71 set by Trevon Harmon in 2011-12.

The Penguins had tied the game at 60-60 with a basket by Ryan Weber with 2:54 remaining and neither team was able to score again to force the overtime. YSU had a chance to win it in the final seconds of the second half but a shot by Kamrin Belin was off the mark and a tip in by Bobby Hain danced on the rim but failed to fall.

With a 70-69 lead in the final seconds of the overtime, Cleveland State saw a shot by YSU's Kendrick Perry to win blocked by Anton Grady to give the Vikings the win that clinched second place.

Perry and Weber, who both had chances for the win with their shots, led YSU with 17 points each in the loss.

Part of Lee's 10 points were his going 4-for-4 from the foul line to give the Viking guard 31 consecutive free throws, one short of the CSU team record of 32 set by Damon Stringer.

The regular season finale on Saturday for Cleveland State at Valparaiso finds the Crusaders in need of a win and a loss by Wright State to UIC to secure the third seed. Wright State, tied with Valpo for third, won the tie breaker with a 67-58 win over the Crusaders on Thursday.

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