SLUC Nancy thrilled their 3,468 fans on Tuesday night with a 72-69 triumph in the EuroChallenge over BC Oostende.
|Tremmell Darden sparked SLUC Nancy with 17 points|
Willie Deane finished with 19 points for Nancy in the Group H victory while Tremmell Darden added 17 and Malick Badiane 14.
Nancy went in front by nine points midway through the fourth quarter but had to hold on for dear life at the end.
A Matthew Lojeski three-point play capped a 6-0 run for Oostende that cut the hosts' lead to 67-66 with 1:45 to go.
Nancy kept their poise.
Darden made two free-throws and Stephen Brun drilled a jumper before Akinlolu Akingbala sank one of two at the stripe.
Caleb Green hit a three with six seconds to go but the visitors ran out of time.
Matthew Lojeski finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Nancy Head Coach Jean Luc Monschau:
"Ostende played very well. We are satisfied to win this game. We took less rebounds than them but we had a lot of steals. We missed a lot of shots. But we were agressive in defense. I'm satisfied too with that."
Nancy Player Seidou N' Joya:
"It's an important win for us. Before this game, we had three defeats in the French championnship. Tongiht we needed to win this game, for us and for the future and our confidence."
Nancy Player Moussa Badiane:
"We don't have a perfomant percentage in our shots. But even without that, it's a good thing to win thanks to the quality of our defense. Now, we play game after game in Pro A and in EuroChallenge."
Oostende Head Coach Jean Marc Jaumin:
"We had 23 turnovers! It's too much for hoping to win this game! My team was focused on rebounding. Before the game, we worked a lot on that. Next week, we must make the difference at home against Orleans."