CLEVELAND -- Norris Cole scored 15 points, dished out 11 assists and had four steals to lead Cleveland State to an 80-66 win over Loyola of Chicago on Tuesday night in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.
Aaron Pogue finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the fifth-seeded Vikings (16-16), the defending tournament champions. Cleveland State will play Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the second round.
The Vikings didn't have much trouble with the eighth-seeded Ramblers (14-16), building a 42-22 lead with 2:12 left in the first half on a layup by Anthony Wells.
Walt Gibler's two free throws trimmed Cleveland State's lead to 57-52 with 8 minutes to play. But the Vikings answered with seven straight points to extend Loyola's losing streak to five games.