Steve Bowie's tip-in with seven seconds left gave Cleveland State a one-point lead as the Vikings rallied for a 69-67 victory over South Florida on Saturday.
South Florida took a 9-0 lead and built it to 17 with 13 minutes left before the Vikings began their comeback, abetted by the Bulls' poor free-throw shooting. USF was 19-of-36 from the line.
"You can't expect to win basketball games when you're 19-of-36 from the free-throw line," USF coach Seth Greenberg said. "I'm very disappointed with our ability to make free throws, and I'm very disappointed that we couldn't finish a layup.
"When people are coming after you, and they're down points, they play aggressive and they're not always going to call the fouls. When they're going to call the fouls you've got to make the free throws."
Bowie's free throws with 2:23 remaining tied the score at 62, and his free throws a minute later gave the Vikings a three-point lead.
B.B. Waldon's free throws and a layup by Anddrikk Frazier gave USF a one-point lead with 35 seconds left before Bowie put the Vikings ahead for good.
"The pressure didn't bother us," Greenberg said. "We sped up a little bit. We made a couple of foolish mistakes because we were playing a little too fast and that affected our shot selection. But we needed to attack more. I thought the second half we got passive offensively."
Waldon had 25 points and nine rebounds for USF. Altron Jackson added 11 points.