By Joseph Phillips
The Chicago State Men’s basketball team earned their first conference road win in four seasons with a 67-56 victory over Lamar University in January.
The Cougars used a 33-15 run in the second half to complete the victory.
The team held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly nine minutes of play in the second half. The Cougars finished the game with four players in double figures with Brandon Betson leading the way with 18, Favour Chukwukelu with 14, and Coreyoun Rushin and Dominique Alexander each adding 11. Noah Bigirumwami led the team with 11 rebounds, and Rushin completed a double-double with 10 boards. Both teams traded baskets early in the game with 11 lead changes in the first nine minutes before the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run.
Betson and Chukwukelu handled the scoring in the opening minutes with Betson scoring nine of the first 15 points and Chukwukelu scoring five points.
Trailing 21-15, Bryce Johnson drained a three-pointer or the Cougars. Following the three-pointer by Johnson, Alexander made another three-pointer to tie the game at 21 all.
The Cardinals came out cold in the second half and failed to score for nearly nine minutes. The Cougars on the other hand turned a seven-point halftime deficit into a 46-43 lead.
The Cougars held the Cardinals to 31.1 percent from the field.
Final Score: Chicago State 67, Lamar University 56.
With the loss, the Cardinals fell to 2-14 on the season.
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].
Joseph Phillips is the Sports Editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is a Chicago native, who has been a sports writer for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.