The men’s basketball team continued their conference when they played last Tuesday against Northern Kentucky University, though once again fell short to the Norse’s 68-69.
The starters for the Chanticleers included Devante Jones who was the recipient of last year’s Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Award and who has returned to the court after a broken foot. Jones made up for lost time on Tuesday, scoring 17 points, which was the team high that night.
Winning the tip off, the first points went to Tommy Burton with a layup, while Northern Kentucky’s first point came off a free throw.
The lead went back and forth during the first half, not stretching more than three points for 17 of the 20 minutes played. With three minutes left of the first half and the score tied at 26, the Norse’s got an 8-point run, resulting in a score of 34-26 over CCU.
This loss did not deter the Chanticleers in the second half. Keishawn Brewton kicked it off with a deep three pointer, three of the 13 points he had in the game. The scoring between the two teams led to a tied score and no big lead for either team until the last minute of the game.
With one-minute left, and NKU leading by one point (67-66), Coastal lost possession off a shot. After getting possession and then getting fouled, the Norse’s managed to sink both free throws, bring the score to 69-66 with 32 seconds left on the clock.
A three-point shot from the Chants could’ve offset the scores again. Garrick Green shot a deep three and was fouled, resulting in three foul shots. Unfortunately, he got only two for three and the Chants fell short by one point at the end of the game.
When asked how he felt watching the tough loss, freshman Manny Cordero commented on how he felt watching the tough loss.
“This game was a lot more nerve racking than the one last Tuesday, I think because of how much more the team meshed. It sucks they lost the way they did, but I am sure they will come back better next week, and I can’t wait to watch,” he said.
The next game is tonight against Middle Tennessee at home at 7pm.