- Tyree Appleby posted his third double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds
- Cleveland State shot a season-best 59.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from the three-point line
- The Vikings trailed by 16 points at the 12:50 mark of the first period
- Jaalam Hill and Rashad Williams each scored 18 points for CSU
- Seth Millner finished with 17 points and eight rebounds
- Cleveland State honored seniors Dontel Highsmith and David Payne prior to the start of the game
CLEVELAND - Sophomore Tyree Appleby posted a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Cleveland State capped the home portion of its schedule with an 89-86 Horizon League victory over IUPUI on Saturday in the Wolstein Center.
Appleby, who scored 13 points in the first half, helped the Vikings overcome a 16-point deficit midway through the first period. The Vikings, who improved to 8-20 overall and 3-12 in the Horizon League, posted season bests shooting 59.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from the three-point line.
With the victory, Cleveland State finished the home portion of its schedule with an 8-9 record.
The Vikings overcame a slow start as IUPUI, which dropped to 14-13 overall and 6-8 in the Horizon League, raced out to a 21-5 lead with 12:50 to play in the first half. Still trailing by 11 points at the 9:42 mark of the first, CSU used a 10-4 run to get back into the game.
Appleby, who scored five points during the run, capped the outburst with a three-pointer that cut the Jaguars lead to 30-25 at the 7:17 mark of the first.
After a free throw by Ahmed Ismail increased the lead to 31-25, CSU responded with a dunk by Hill and a three-pointer from Williams to climb to within 31-30 with 5:57 to play in the opening period.
IUPUI hit back-to-back baskets to push the lead to 35-30, but a three-pointer by Williams and a dunk by Hill knotted the score at 35-35 with 3:35 to play in the first half.
Camron Justice put the Jaguars back in front with a three-pointer, but Williams answered with a three-pointer of his own and Millner put CSU in front with a three-pointer.
Cleveland State, which improved to 8-1 when leading at the half, took a 43-40 lead into the intermission.
The Vikings used a 12-2 run to take a 57-48 lead with 13:42 remaining in the game.
IUPUI fought back and eventually took the lead again at 68-66 on a pair of free throws by Jaylen Minnett with 6:44 to play in the game.
A three-pointer by Minnett gave the Jaguars their last lead of the game at 77-76 at the 2:54 mark of the second.
A Millner three gave the Vikings the lead for good at 79-77 with 2:41 remaining in the contest.
The Vikings expanded the lead to 87-80 with 33 seconds remaining, but IUPUI clawed back into the game.
A 6-0 run cut the CSU lead to 87-86 with 10 seconds to play, but Appleby nailed two free throws with six seconds to play and IUPUI's game-tying three-point attempt was off the mark.
Cleveland State will close out the regular season with three consecutive road games beginning on Feb. 21 at Wright State at 7 p.m.