Cleveland St. 71, Bryant 57

Norris Cole scored 24 points and Trevon Harmon added 17 more as

Cleveland State defeated Bryant 71-57 on Friday night in both

teams’ season opener.

The Vikings entered halftime with a 41-36 lead thanks to 53.6

percent shooting and started the second half on a 9-1 run to push

their lead to 50-37 with 16:43 left in the game.

The Bulldogs closed their deficit to four, 54-50, with 9:51 left

in the game, but Cleveland State reeled off 12 straight points to

put the game out of reach.

Cleveland State led 71-52 with less than three minutes remaining

before the Bulldogs scored the final five points of the game.

Alex Francis posted a double-double for Bryant with 16 points

and a game-high 10 rebounds, while Frankie Dobbs and Cecil Gresham

added 15 points each for the Bulldogs.