Chants shoot lights out at WVU, reach CBI semifinals

Freshman DeVante Jones scored a career-high 32 points in leading Coastal Carolina to a 109-91 victory at West Virginia in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) on Monday night in Morgantown, W.Va.

The 109 points was a season-high for the Chants and it also broke a record for the most points scored by a West Virginia opponent in the WVU Coliseum. The old record was 107 points set back in 1971 by Notre Dame. CCU’s 109 points was the most points the Chants had scored since a 116-35 win over Piedmont International in 2015.

Jones was on target from the start of the game, hitting 10 of his 15 field goal attempts, including six-of-eight on his three-point field goal attempts. He was also perfect at the free throw line hitting all six of his attempts.

He had plenty of offensive help in the postseason victory as a season-high six Chanticleers reached double-digits including all five starters. Tommy Burton reached a career-high with 16 points and Zac Cuthbertson hit for 15.

Ebrima Dibba scored 14 points, while Ajay Sanders and Tyrell Gumbs-Frater scored 11 points each.

The Chants shot 58 percent (43-74) from the field, and that includes a blistering 67 percent (26-39) in the second half alone.

With the win, the Chanticleers will move into the semifinals to face DePaul in Chicago. It will be a quick turnaround for the Chanticleers as they will play the Blue Demons Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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