Thursday, December 22, 2016
Chicago State Claims 74-65 Win Over SE Missouri at Las Vegas Classic
The win also marked the 50th for seventh-year head coach Tracy Dildy as he surpassed former CSU bench boss Bob Hallberg as the school's all-time leader in Division I career coaching victories.
The Green and White took an early 5-0 advantage on a three-pointer from junior Montana Byrd (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) at the 16:51 mark of the first half. SEMO later snapped a 16-16 tie with an 8-4 scoring drive in two minutes to gain a 24-20 lead with 5:11 to go in the stanza following a layup from Antonius Cleveland. CSU then bounced back as it posted a 16-6 run in the final four minutes that included five points from sophomore Fred Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill./North Lawndale) to head into halftime with a 36-30 leading margin.
In the first two-plus minutes of the second half, the Redhawks scored eight of the next 10 points to even the score at 38-38 that concluded with a three-point play by Denzel Mahoney at 17:26. After Daniel Simmons drained a three-pointer at the 11:17 mark to tie the game at 51-51, the Cougars would go on to outscore SEMO by a 23-14 margin in the final 10 minutes to earn the victory.
CSU (4-9) had three players score in double figures for the game with senior Trayvon Palmer (Milwaukee, Wis./Brown Deer) recording his fifth double-double of the season as he tallied 18 points and tied a season high with 15 rebounds. Palmer shot 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 at the free throw line.
Junior Deionte Simmons (Detroit, Mich./Lewisville (Texas)) scored a season-best 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and Sims, Jr. also finished with 17 points and posted six boards for the Green and White.
Cleveland led Southeast Missouri (4-9) with a game-high 26 points while shooting 12-of-16 from the free throw line and 6-of-11 from the field.
The Cougars will face the winner of the Troy-Cornell contest in their final contest of the Las Vegas Classic tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS