Appleby’s 16 sparks Cleveland State past Niagara, 82-60
The win closes out the Vikings’ nonconference schedule with five wins in 13 games. They open Horizon League play against Oakland on Dec. 28.
Marvin Prochet tipped in a basket and later added two free throws in the final minute of the first half as Niagara cut its deficit to just four at intermission, 32-28. James Towns hit a 3 at the start of the second half as the Purple Eagles got within one, 32-31, but Appleby answered with a 3 and a layup to spark an 11-2 run that put the Vikings up 43-33.
Appleby hit 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, grabbed eight rebounds and dished four assists for Cleveland State (5-8). Rashad Williams and Stefan Kenic each added 14 points and Kasheem Thomas contributed 13.
James Towns had 18 points for Niagara (5-5).