CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cedric Jackson scored 16 points and Cleveland State used a 16-point differential at the line to beat Valparaiso 69-63 on Saturday night.
The Vikings (14-5, 7-0 Horizon League) hit 22-of-30 free throws, with Jackson leading the way by making nine of 12. Valparaiso got to the line just seven times, hitting six.
Cleveland State led 30-23 at the half and never surrendered the lead again. The Crusaders cut the advantage to four points early in the half and to six with 6 minutes remaining but each time they made a run the Vikings would step to the line and make big foul shots.
Kevin Francis had Cleveland State's final field goal, a 3-pointer with 6:34 left. The Vikings scored their final 11 points on free throws.