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MIAMI - MARCH 20:  A Wake Forest Demon Deacons   Cheerleader dances on the court during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament during a game with the Cleveland State University at the American Airlines Arena on March 20, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images);  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2009

After a 23-year hiatus from the Big Dance, the Cleveland State Vikings rocked the bracket pools by defeating the No. 4 seeded Wake Forest Demon Deacons 84-69 Friday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

The Vikings jumped out early, leading by as many as 17 in the first half, but Wake was able to cut the lead to 39-30 at the break.

In the second half, the Demon Deacons cut the lead to seven at 55-48 with 11 minutes to go. The Vikings then went on a 20-8 run over the next eight minutes to run away with their first tournament win since 1986—their only other appearance.

J'Nathan Bullock, Cedrick Jackson, and Norris Cole combined for 62 of the Vikings 84 points. For the Demon Deacons, James Johnson scored a game-high 22 points, but Jeff Teague was limited to just 10.

Though Wake shot 52 percent, compared to CSU's 47.7 percent from the floor, Wake committed 18 turnovers. The Vikings only had six turnovers and controlled all aspects of the game.

Cleveland State, a No. 13 seed in the Midwest, will face the No. 12 Arizona Wildcats in Miami on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2:40 P.M.

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