Macomb, IL (Sports Network) - Bryn Forbes and Charlie Lee scored 16 points each to push the Cleveland State Vikings to a 60-54 victory over the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Western Hall in a matchup that was part of the BracketBuster event.
Lee also dealt out five assists for the Vikings (14-16), who will conclude their regular season at Loyola-Chicago on March 2 their next time out.
Adam Link paced WIU (19-7) with 15 points. Terell Parks chimed in with 12 points and eight boards while Ceola Clark produced 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. The loss was the Leathernecks' second in a row.
WIU led by 11 points early on and connected on 63.2 percent of its shots from the field in the opening half. CSU knocked down 3-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc in the first period to narrow the deficit and go into the intermission trailing, 29-27.
The Leathernecks were limited to 9-of-24 shooting from the field after the intermission. While the hosts went cold, the Vikings heated up to hit on 55 percent of their field goal tries and added nine additional points at the free-throw line. CSU led for the final 16:29 of regulation.
Despite the loss, the hosts held a narrow, 25-23 edge in rebounds in the contest.