CLEVELAND -- Norris Cole scored 25 points to lead Cleveland State to a 78-68 win over Iona on Saturday night.
Cole also had five rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Vikings (2-0).
The first half was close, with Cleveland State leading 23-21 with 5:56 to go until intermission. The Vikings then closed out the half on an 11-4 run.
The Gaels (0-2) closed the gap to 39-36 with 16:58 to go, but could get no closer. Leading 70-62 with 2:59 to go, Cleveland State was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line until the buzzer. Cole made all six of his attempts.
Cleveland State was 22 of 23 from the stripe for the game.