The stands were filled as the men’s basketball team took on University of Arkansas at Little Rock for their first game of the semester, but unfortunately the Chants fell 55-71 in the end.
The tip off resulted in Tommy Burton laying it in for the first two points of the game, while the Trojans responded with a short jumper from the foul line. The score escalated there with CCU falling into a dry spell for four minutes, resting with four points while UALR continued to put numbers on the board. By halftime, the score laid at 33-20.
This game’s halftime was unique because many of the CCU fans present were student athletes, from football players to baseball players and many more teams, who were recognized for their academic achievements in the Fall semester. Sixty-one percent of the student athletes received a perfect 4.0, placing them on the Presidents List; the highest academic achievement.
The crowd stayed engaged the entire game supporting their fellow Chants, but in the end that was not enough as the team lost, making their conference play 4-4, overall, 11-8.
Sophomore Rumi Khan was glad to be back on campus with all his fellow Chanticleers.
“It was awesome to be back in the HTC watching my boys play basketball. I can’t wait for more games the rest of the semester,” Khan said.
Tommy Burton led the team with 13 points while Keishawn Brewton added 10 and Garrick Green with nine.
The Chants play Arkansas State this Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2pm at the HTC Center.