CLEVELAND – Norris Cole had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Cleveland State defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay 64-57 Saturday.
The Vikings (24-7, 13-5 Horizon League) led by 15 points in each half but were ahead just 60-57 with 16 seconds remaining. A layup by Cole made it 62-57 and, after Alec Brown missed a 3-point try for the Phoenix (14-17, 8-10), Trevon Harmon hit two free throws for the final margin.
Brown scored nine points during an 18-5 Green Bay run that cut a 48-33 deficit to 53-51 with 4:05 remaining.
Brown and Daniel Turner finished with 13 points each and Turner had 12 rebounds to lead Green Bay, which also got 12 points from Seth Evans and 10 from Rahmon Fletcher.
Aaron Pogue had 12 points and Harmon 11 for the Vikings, who will host a first-round tournament game Tuesday. They tied Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Butler for best league record but failed to earn a bye.