Cleveland State tried to complete a 16-point comeback in the second half against UW-Milwaukee but fell just short in a 86-84 loss.
With the game tied at 84, the Vikings' Marlin Mason fouled the Panthers' Tony Meier as he shot a three-pointer. Meier made the first two free throws but missed the third one. Anton Grady tried a last second full-court heave, but it fell well short.
The Vikings have now lost three straight games and are now a game and a half behind first place Valparaiso. Just a week ago, Cleveland State was a half game in front of the Crusaders.
Cleveland State's Trevon Harmon lead all scorers with 27 points.