The nets came down at the Convo here Saturday night.
Arkansas State won the Western Division title here at home with two road games remaining, while the nets were cut down, John Brady made one thing clear after his team won their second West title in three years, that he nor his team was going to be satisfied just yet.
"We have unfinished business left to take care of," Brady told his team and the media after his teams big win over Troy 58-50. "I was asked Friday about cutting the nets down if we won and UALR lost, my first response was no. But after I thought about it I wanted our players, their parents and our fans not to miss out on this time in our program."
"Let no one be mistaken, our mission is still not complete," Brady said. "I don't this team to limp into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, I want us to sprint in. We can do that by taking care of business on the road this week at North Texas and at UALR."
Brady wasn't the only one that made it clear that this basketball team was far from being happy with the nets coming down in the Convo.
"It's great to win the West but we have so much more we want to play for," senior guard Trey Finn said after the game. "We still have two games left, we need to finish strong, and end the regular season with two more wins. Our main goal is to win the conference championship and to go to the dance."
While there was definitely a sense of celebration following Saturday nights win, including the entire team and coaches making their way around the arena to personally thank their fan base for their support.
"We have some of the best fans in the country," senior forward Brandon Peterson said. "It's great to get this win tonight for them, but we still have a lot of basketball left to play."
Arkansas State played tremendous defense against Troy Saturday night to secure the West title, which was a good thing since the Red Wolves offense struggled against a tough Troy zone defense.
"They brought a couple of things at us tonight that we didn't handle as well," Brady said after the game. "Anytime we can hold a team under 30 percent from shooting, we feel that we will have a chance to win, and that's what we did tonight."
Arkansas State celebrated Senior night prior to the game, honoring Finn, Peterson and Marcus Hooten, the three players that played their last home game of their careers at the Convocation Center.
Brady explained that his team now has to focus on taking the next step of their journey.
"You take care of what is most important to you," Brady said. "We all do that. This team cares about one another and they care about how we are going to finish. I told this team after the loss to Middle that we had six games left and we need to win all six of them, we have won four and we have two left."
Brady understands that his team will face two tough opponents in this weeks regular season finale on the road.
"You know North Texas is going to be ready for us after what happened here earlier," Brady said. "UALR is going to be ready for us at their place. We will get both teams best shot, we have to be ready to play. Like I said, I want to sprint into the Sun Belt Tournament with momentum, not to limp into it coming off a loss."