Butler Unable To Take Horizon League Lead; Lose To Cleveland State 56-52
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cedric Jackson scored 14 points as Cleveland State, a program in disarray for most of the past 20 years, stunned No. 12 Butler 56-52 on Thursday night for the Vikings' first regular-season win over an AP Top 25 team.
J'Nathan Bullock added 14 points, the last one coming on a free throw with 2.6 seconds left for Cleveland State (13-5, 6-0 Horizon League), whose students stormed the floor after the final horn.
The Vikings came in 1-26 in games against ranked opponents, with their only win coming on March 14, 1986, against No. 16 Indiana in the NCAA tournament under coach Kevin Mackey.
Freshman Matt Howard scored 16 points to lead Butler (16-2, 5-2), which missed a barrage of 3-pointers in the final seconds as they tried to tie it. Mike Green, the Bulldogs' leading scored had 12 points of 4-of-11 shooting before fouling out and senior A.J. Graves had 5 and went only 2-of-11 from the floor.
It was Cleveland State's night from the start and the win validated second-year coach Gary Waters' turnaround with the Vikings, who were only 10-21 last season and haven't had a winning season since 2000-01.