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Loss at Detroit puts dent in Cleveland State hopes for top-six finish

Time is beginning to run out for Cleveland State to grab a spot in the top six of the Horizon League men's basketball standings that would afford the Vikings a first round league tournament game.

With a 92-62 setback to Detroit on Tuesday night in the Motor City, the Vikings were pushed two games in the loss column behind current sixth place team Youngstown State while the Titans rebunded from a loss at Green Bay to reclaim sole possession of sercond place by beating Cleveland State.

After grabbing a 3-0 lead on a 3-point play from Bryn Forbes in the opening seconds of the game, it was all down hill for the Vikings, who surrendered 90 points for the first time since Gary Waters' first season as CSU head coach when Butler was a 92-50 winner at the Wolstein Center back on Feb. 8, 2007. The 92 points scored by Detroit were the most off a CSU team since that same 2006-07 season when Kansas State whipped the Vikings 93-60- on Dec. 5, 2006.

The Titans, behind 34 points and 12 rebounds from Nick Minnerath, went on an 11-0 run on the way to a 42-24 halftime edge that was aided by 13 turnovers by CSU in the first 20 minutes.

It proved to be a more efficient Detroit this time around against Cleveland State.

Detroit, which improved to 9-4 in the league and 17-9 overall, had a number of breakdowns in its other meeting with CSU where the Vikings grabbed a 72-64 win at the Wolstein Center on Jan. 12, where the Titans, among other things, were unable to hit free throws.

After going 13-for-32 from the free throw line in the loss to the Vikings, the Titans were solid from the stripe this time on their own home floor, hitting on 22-of-26 while Ray McCallum nearly had a triple double, scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists.

In Cleveland, McCallum scored 22 points, but was 4-for-11 from the line with many of the missed free throws down the stretch when the game was in doubt.

Behind Minnerath and McCallum, the Titans added 19 points from Jason Calliste and yet nine more from Doug Andersonn in the lopsided win that was the second straight loss for Cleveland State.

The Vikings, 4-8 in the HL along with a 12-14 overall mark, got a team best 14 from Forbes and 11 from Marlin Mason. Devin Long and Charlie Lee each chipped in nine points with Sebastian Douglas had another eight.

The next three are at home for the Vikings, who host a 9 p.m. Friday game with Green Bay. That is followed by a 2 p.m. Sunday contest with Milwaukee and a Feb. 20 date with Wright State.

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