Chicago State drops heartbreaker at Saint Louis

Photo: Saint Louis Athletics
Photo: Saint Louis Athletics

Chicago State nearly pulled out its second road win of the month on Sunday — something the program has not done since January 2014. But the Cougars’ comeback fell just shy in a 45-43 loss at Saint Louis.

Chicago State (3-6) took Saint Louis to the buzzer despite leading scorer Fred Sims Jr. scoring 7 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Senior forward Trayvon Palmer led a 10-2 run over the final 9:17, but his 3-pointer with three seconds left missed to let the Billikens escape with a victory.

Saint Louis (3-6) opened up a 43-33 lead entering the final 10 minutes but Brian Greene Jr.’s 3-pointer assisted by Palmer energized the Cougars. Palmer assisted again on an Anthony Eaves 3-pointer two minutes later to trim the lead to four points.

Palmer’s bucket with 38 seconds left cut the deficit to 45-43.

Chicago State forced a turnover to set up Palmer’s attempt at a game-winner, but Zeke Moore got a piece of the shot. Palmer finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists to lead the Cougars.

Chicago State continues its 11-game road swing Wednesday at Northwestern.

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