The Chanticleers may have split the final home weekend series of this season, but the team ended with strong momentum that can propel them forward as the Sun Belt tournament is less than three weeks away.
After Jaylen Shaw scored a game-high of 18 points, the Chanticleers still lost to Troy on Thursday, Feb. 15 by a score of 66-65.
Amidou Bamba came off the bench and scored 15 points. Artur Labinowicz and Zac Cuthbertson both scored 12 points.
While he halftime score was 31-31, Troy was able to go on an 8-2 run to tie things up before the break.
The Chants were able to outrebound Troy 39-29 and outscored them in the paint 34-14 but the difference maker in this game was three-point shooting. The Chants were only able to knockdown four while Troy was able to make 12 of theirs.
After a Bamba dunk with just under two minutes left, the Chants were leading 65-63. Troy however, was able to score three points with 22 seconds left. A field goal attempt by Shaw wasn’t able to fall which resulted in a Troy win.
The Chanticleers redeemed themselves in the final regular season home game of the year, the beating South Alabama 72-70.
Artur Labinowicz led the Chanticleers with 17 points. Demario Beck scored 16 points including the game winner. Zac Cuthbertson had an explosive second half and finished with 13 points and Tyrell Gumbs-Frater came off the bench to score a career high of 11 points.
Jaylen Shaw scored nine points but had 10 assists and his ability to distribute the ball is what kept the Chants in the game.
Down by three at the half, the Chants looked to pick up the pace and get back on track.
The Chants were able to shoot 46.2 percent in the second half but was only able to shoot 29 percent from beyond the arc.
With eight seconds left in the game, USA was able to tie the game at 70 making it look like we were going to overtime. Shaw was able to drive down the court and as he drew defenders, he was able to give the ball to Beck who then made the layup and got fouled with 1.3 seconds left. USA wasn’t able to get a decent shot off and the Chants would end up winning.
The Chants are now 12-16 overall and 6-9 in SBC play. They will travel to Little Rock on Thursday and Arkansas State Saturday.