It’s an old adage that in basketball if you live by the three, you die by the three.
The Cleveland State men's basketball team found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon in a heartbreaking 74-68 double overtime loss to Wright State at the Wolstein Center.
The Vikings made just nine three-pointers all night while spending most of the evening chucking shots from the perimeter.
"The reason we lost this game is because half of our shots were threes," said Vikings head coach Gary Waters. "We need to find ways to get to the basket."
Thirty two of CSU's 62 shots came from three-point range. They made only 28 percent of them.
All seven of their shots in the second overtime came from long distance. They made only two of them.
"We can't shoot a lick," said Waters. "When you shoot 22-of-62 [35.5 percent], it's impossible [to win]."
Rob Edwards (17 points) went 3-of-9 from three-point distance. He missed a three from the top of the key at the end of regulation that could have sealed the game for the Vikings.
Bobby Word (16 points) missed all eight shots from long distance.
Demonte Flannigan was the lone bright spot for the Vikings.
The Villa Angela-St.Joseph product made all three of his shots from long distance and led CSU with 22 points. He was 8-of-12 from the field.
Flannigan's dunk tied the game at 60-60 and sent the game into double overtime. He only attempted one shot in the second overtime - a three-pointer.
Wright State's Grant Benzinger scored six of his game-high 26 points in the second overtime. His fourth three-pointer of the game gave WSU the led for good 63-61.
Benzinger was 10-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-9 from long distance. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.
"We let Benzinger get away," said Waters. "He scored only four points in the first meeting."