April 19, 2024
Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones who scored 17 in the course of the Tritons’ dropping effort in Florida. Picture c redit: ucsdtritons.com

In a sport Saturday that featured 10 ties and 15 lead adjustments, UC San Diego erased a nine-point second-half deficit, however Chicago State held on for a 77-75 victory.

Trailing by two within the last seconds, the Tritons missed a contested three-pointer and have been unable to get a clear look as time expired within the first-round matchup on the 2024 Ro School Basketball Invitational in Daytona Seashore, Fla.
 
The loss ends the season for UCSD (21-12 ) whereas Chicago State (13-18) strikes on to the Ro quarterfinals Monday.

“I’m clearly upset with the end result in the present day, however I’m happy with our group and the season that that they had,” stated UC San Diego head coach Eric Olen.
 
Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones was one among three Tritons in double-figures, with 17 factors on 7-of-14 taking pictures. Tyler McGhie additionally scored 17. Bryce Pope drained 4 three-pointers and scored 16. Hayden Grey added eight factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

Chicago State’s Wesley Cardet led all scorers with 30 factors.
 
The whole first half was a tightly contested after the Tritons took an early lead as Tait-Jones banked in a 3 because the shot clock expired.

UCSD constructed the biggest lead of the half for both group, 4, very early when Pope sank the primary of two threes within the half, giving the Tritons a 9-5 benefit. But the Cougars, regardless of not having performed in over a month, shot 50%, and the sport was tied at 38 on the half.

Within the second half, Chicago State constructed a 53-44 lead with 15:37 to play. The Tritons responded and held the Cougars scoreless for greater than 5 minutes as UCSD climbed again to erase the deficit.

Francis Nwaokorie tied it up at 55 on a free throw with 8:52 remaining. UC San Diego regained the lead a minute later with a robust put again from Emmanuel Tshimanga. A 13-2 run over an eight-minute stretch gave the Tritons a 57-55 benefit.
 
However Chicago State responded, thanks partly to a pair of threes from Jahsean Corbett, holding on to the result in advance.