CCU Hoops: Chants sweep USA in Senior Day thrillers

On Senior Day, it was fittingly a senior-to-senior connection that led Coastal Carolina to a 72-70 victory over South Alabama in the Chanticleers final regular season home game of the year.

Two free throws from USA’s Rodrick Sikes with eight seconds left tied the game at 70, setting the stage for the final seconds. Following the free throws, Jaylen Shaw was able to drive the ball down the lane and as three Jaguars converged on him, was able to find a streaking Demario Beck for the game winner with just 1.3 seconds left in the game.

Beck was fouled on the play, but following the free throw attempt, USA’s (14-13, 7-7 Sun Belt) final full-court shot was off mark and the Chants escaped with the narrow win.

Artur Labinowicz finished the game with 17 points to lead four Chants in double digits. Beck, who played most of his minutes with four fouls, finished with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds. He hit seven of his 10 field goals.

Zac Cuthbertson was big in the second half and finished with 13 points and four rebounds. It was the surprise scoring of Tyrell Gumbs-Frater that helped CCU on the offensive end finishing the game with a career-high 11 points, which was also the first time he had reached double digits.

While it was not his scoring that led the Chants, it was Shaw’s distribution of the ball that helped lead CCU. He finished with nine points, but he had 10 assists, tying his career-high he set earlier this season against Wake Forest. Shaw also had four rebounds and a game-high four steals, which also tied his career-high.

Women

After trailing for the game’s first three quarters, the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team scored 25 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to propel the Chants to a 71-56 victory over South Alabama at the HTC Center Saturday afternoon.

Coastal improves to 14-12, 8-7 with its third straight win, while South Alabama falls to 15-10, 8-6 as its losing streak is extended to five games.

The Chants trailed by nine going into the fourth quarter, but began the final frame with 25 straight points over the first eight minutes. South Alabama did not score until there was only one minute left. The quarter ended with Coastal outscoring USA 28-4.

DJ Williams led all players scoring 27 points, shooting 9-of-20 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. Jas Adams followed with 19 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter alone. Naheria Hamilton added 12 points. All three players pulled in eight rebounds as the Chants held a 42-31 advantage on the boards.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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