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Cleveland State on closing mission

Updated: March 4, 2008, 6:25 PM ET
By Kyle Whelliston

In January, Cleveland State jumped out to an early and surprising lead in the Horizon League regular-season race. Picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches' poll, the Vikings won their first seven conference games on the strength of defensive-oriented guard play. CSU basically erected a firewall around the arc, emerging as the conference leaders in 3-point field goal defense and forced turnovers.

But fortunes turned sour in a hurry -- or rather, it became awfully foul in Cleveland.

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