Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cleveland State loses first game of season

Casey Mitchell and Kevin Jones scored 15 points apiece as West Virginia pulled away in the second half, handing Cleveland State its first defeat of the season, 74-63 on Saturday.

Mitchell, the leading scorer for the Mountaineers (8-2), recovered after being held to a total of eight points in his previous two games. His 3-pointer with 7:45 left in the second half ignited a 19-8, game-ending West Virginia run.

The Vikings (12-1) drew within seven points on Trevon Harmon’s 3 with 3:50 left. But two Cam Thoroughman free throws, followed by Jones’ 3-pointer with 2:45 remaining, quelled any chance of a Cleveland State comeback.

Norris Cole, who led Cleveland State with 19 points, tied the score at 55 with 8:30 to go in the second half, but 3-pointers by Mitchell and Jones on consecutive possessions made it 61-55 and sent West Virginia on its way.

Cleveland State, off to its best start in school history, was looking to become the first NCAA Division I school to win its first 13 games this season and to avenge last season’s final-second loss to West Virginia in Cleveland.

Cleveland State returns to Cleveland for a Wednesday night game with South Florida at the Wolstein Center.

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