Charlie Lee continues to come up big, scoring 25 points to lead the Cleveland State men's basketball team to a 72-68 win over host Wright State on Saturday afternoon at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio to keep the Vikings in a strong second in the Horizon League.
With the win, the Vikings moved their win streak to six, and now sit 8-3 in the Horizon League and 17-9 overall. Cleveland State has now won 11 of its last 14 games and 13-of-17 after a 4-5 start. Cleveland State now is one game behind league leading Green Bay (9-2), which dropped a 73-63 decision to Milwaukee on Saturday
Lee, who was coming off a career-high 31 points two nights before in a win at Oakland, stayed hot, hitting 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point line and scoring 17 of Cleveland State's final 23 points including three free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining to give the Vikings a 68-67 lead it never relinquished.
Behind Lee on the score sheet was Anton Grady, who scored 15 and collected 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double and Bryn Forbes, who had 10 with the most important two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to push the Vikings to a 70-67 edge.
After pushing out to a 16-3 lead, the Vikings saw the host Raiders rally and lead 58-54 on a 3-point play by JT Yoho with under 5:30 on the clock. A wild finish saw the teams trade the lead nine times in the last seven minutes including six times in the final 2:37.
The Raiders, who fell to 6-6 in the Horizon League and 14-13 overall, got a team-high 15 points from Jerran Young, who did not score in the first half. Yoho had 14 and Cole Darling another 12 to go with 10 from Miles Dixon in the loss for the Raiders, who came into the game 11-1 at the Nutter Center.
After winning four in a row on the road and moving to 8-7 on the road this season, the Vikings return to the Wolstein Center, hosting a Thursday evening game with Illinois-Chicago. It is the first of four in a row at home before the Vikings close the regular season March 1 at Valparaiso.