2017-18 CLEVELAND STATE ATHLETICS TOP-10 MOMENTS
Over the course of the next two weeks, the Cleveland State Department of Athletics
will revisit the 2017-18 season with a look at the top-10 moments of the year.
A new moment will be revealed each day (Monday through Friday) from June 11-22.
Seeded eighth, the Cleveland State men's basketball team made a magical run to the Horizon League Championship game, becoming the second lowest seeded team to play for a League title.
It was the third time in program history that the Vikings played for the League championship and the first time since 2008-09.
CSU advanced to the championship game with a 72-71 win over ninth-seeded Youngstown State in the first round, an 89-80 win over top-seeded and defending champion Northern Kentucky in the quarterfinals and a 44-43 victory over fourth-seeded Oakland in the semifinals.
In the win over NKU, the Vikings scored 61 points in the second half. It marked the most points in a half for the Vikings since CSU scored 70 first half points against Navy on Dec. 1, 1990.
The 43 points allowed to Oakland were the fewest against a CSU team by a Division I opponent since a 70-42 win over UIC on Feb. 5, 2012.
CSU's magical run came to an end with a 74-57 setback to second-seeded Wright State in the championship game.
Senior Kenny Carpenter and freshman Tyree Appleby were named to the all-tournament team for their performances. Carpenter averaged 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the tournament, while Appleby averaged 15.3 points in his first postseason tournament along with 4.3 rebounds per game and 5.0 assists per game.