Chants’ season shut down by Demons in CBI semis

Zac Cuthbertson led four Chanticleers in double-digits with 21 points, but it was not enough in a close 92-87 loss at DePaul in the semifinals of the Roman College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.

The Blue Demons shot 57 percent from the field for the game, including 69 percent in the second half, making it hard for the Chanticleers to keep up. DePaul was also deadly from the free throw line making 22-of-23 from the charity stripe.

DePaul came out in the second half and outscored CCU 16-8 to take a 52-46 lead and went on to lead by as many as 11, but the Chants never went away.

CCU was able to cut the lead to as close as three in the final minutes by knocking down nine three-point field goals in the second half, but was unable to match the shooting of the Blue Demons.

DeVante Jones had another stellar performance, finishing the game with 16 points. He also had a game-high seven assists and tied for game-high honors with two steals.

Fellow freshman Ebrima Dibba contributed 14 points for the Chants, with eight of those coming in the second half. Tyrell Gumbs-Frater came off the bench to contribute 13 points.

Cuthbertson reached a milestone in the game when he made four of his five free throw attempts to give him 174 on the season, making him the all-time single-season leader at CCU in made free throws made.

The Chanticleers season ends with a 17-17 overall record while DePaul moves into the CBI Championship series with an 18-15 record.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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