Woman says she twice ran from Cleaves during sexual assault

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) – A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves says she twice ran out of a motel room to try to get away from him.

The woman is testifying Thursday in a Flint-area courtroom. A judge must decide whether there’s enough evidence to send Cleaves to trial. He’s pleaded not guilty.

The woman says she met Cleaves at a golf event in September 2015 and was with him at a bar later that day. She says Cleaves was supposed to drive her back to the golf club but they ended up at a motel.

Two weeks ago, a witness at the motel testified that Cleaves twice forced the woman back into the room.

Cleaves led Michigan State to the 2000 national championship.

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