Cleveland State defeats South Florida 69-62

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CLEVELAND (AP)—Norris Cole scored 27 points and Jeremy Montgomery added 21 as Cleveland State defeated South Florida 69-62 on Wednesday night.

The Vikings (13-1) trailed by as many as seven in the opening half and entered halftime down 26-24 after shooting 11 of 34 from the field (32.4 percent).

With the score tied, 44-44, for the 11th time at the 11:53 mark of the second half, Cleveland State went on a 17-7 run to take a 51-41 lead with 4:27 to go.

The Bulls (6-7) turned the ball over five times and were 1 of 5 from the floor during that stretch.

Jarrid Famous scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds to lead South Florida. Ron Anderson Jr. grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bulls posted a 49-26 advantage on the boards.

The Vikings, who were coming off a 74-63 loss to West Virginia on Dec. 18, forced 24 South Florida turnovers while turning the ball over themselves just four times.

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 Top Performers
 South Florida
Jarrid Famous Jarrid Famous
9-14,  22 Pts
11 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Cleveland St.
Norris Cole Norris Cole
11-21,  27 Pts
3 Rebs, 3 Assists

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