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Illinois-Chicago 73, Cleveland St. 69

February 24, 1996

CHICAGO (AP) _ Johnelle Slone’s basket and two free throws by Shawn Harlan lifted Illinois-Chicago to a 73-69 victory Saturday over Cleveland State.

It was tied at 69-all on a layup by Cleveland State’s Keith Roberson with 1:48 to go in the MIdwestern Collegiate Conference game.

The victory snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Flames (9-17 overall, 5-11 MCC) and enabled them to make the eight-team MCC postseason tournament. The Vikings (5-21, 3-13) ended their season with a nine-game losing skid and without a postseason tourney berth.

Mike Lampley paced Illinois-Chicago with 18 points, while Eric Nichelson topped Cleveland State with 16.

The Flames led 40-31 at halftime, but the Vikings caught up at 50-50 on a 3-pointer by Leonidas Skoutaris that capped a 7-0 run by Cleveland State.

Roberson finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.

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