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April 13, 2015

Men’s basketball earns recognition despite playoff exit

By Kevin Alquist

Men’s basketball concluded its season with an 80-77 loss to New Jersey Technical Institute in the second round of the Tournament.

This concluded a 19-15 season that came to a disappointing end with a loss to Valparaiso University on Feb. 27, knocking them out of the running for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Eight days later, the Vikings were knocked out of the Horizon League Tournament by Valparaiso.

Despite a disappointing finish, juniors Anton Grady and Trey Lewis were named All-Horizon League first team and were selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 Second Team.
They are the first set of Cleveland State University teammates to earn first team honors in the same season since 1993.

This season, Grady became the 22nd player in Cleveland State history to reach 1,000 career points.
Lewis was one of just three players in the league with multiple 30-point games this season and became the first Cleveland State player since Norris Cole to score 30 or more points in multiple games in a season.
On April 8, ESPN and reported that Lewis will be transferring to the University of Louisville for the 2015-16 academic year.

Head coach Gary Waters was one of 16 finalists for the 2015 Ben Jobe Award, which is presented to the top minority coach in Division 1 men’s basketball. This is the second year in a row that Waters has been a finalist for the award.

Waters led his team to a dominating 11-5 record against Horizon League opponents this season and is the all-time winningest coach in Cleveland State basketball history. He has coached Cleveland State into the post season in seven of nine seasons at the helm.

On April 3, it was announced that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore head coach Bobby Collins received the 2015 Ben Jobe Award.