The College of Charleston ended Cleveland State's season on Saturday in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
It was poor shooting that cost CSU the victory, as the sixth-seeded Cougars upset the second-seeded Vikings, 64-56, at the Wolstein Center.
CSU couldn't overcome shooting a dismal 1-of-25 (four percent) from three-point range. They also shot 33 percent (23-of-69) from the field.
"This has been a great year regardless of what occurred out there today," said CSU coach Gary Waters. "Sometimes the ball doesn't fall for you. When that happens nothing you can do."
Even Norris Cole struggled from the field shooting 6-of-22, including 0-of-8 from three-point range.
"It was a bad shooting day," said Cole. "Some of the shots were bad selection; others, the ball didn't bounce our way."
The Vikings finish the season at 27-9. The 27 wins are the second-highest single season total in school history, trailing only the 1985-86 squad who won 29.
CSU also set several school records this season. They won their first Horizon League regular season championship (shared with Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Butler). They also set school records for most wins to start the season (12), most wins before Jan. 1 (14), fastest to 20 wins (Jan. 29), most home wins (17) and most Horizon League wins in a season (13).
"My hat goes off to these young men because they worked their tail off," said Waters. "This was a special group. I had some pretty good teams and this one is up there because of how hard they work. There's not a team that works harder then this team in practice.
"I think what hurt us was not having a bench. I think it wore on them physically."
The loss marked the end of Cole's CSU career. The senior from Dayton finished with 18 points, raising his career scoring total to 1,978 points, third-best in CSU history.