Chants’ season up in air after tough loss to Mavs

ccuhoops-endThe Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team’s first-ever appearance in the Sun Belt Conference came to an end Friday in the second round with a 74-51 loss to top-seeded Texas Arlington at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.

CCU trailed 48-41 with 6:47 left in the game, but Kevin Hervey hit back-to-back-to-back three point field goals and the Chants could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.

The Chants only shot 24 percent in the second half and that includes only hitting one of its 16 three point attempts for six percent. For the game CCU shot 30 percent from the field and 18 percent on three point attempts.  The Chants only hit eight of its 13 free throws.

Shaw and Labinowicz were the only double-digit scorers as Elijah Wilson finished with nine and Colton Ray-St Cyr had eight.

UTA (25-7) out rebounded CCU 50-44 with 19 of those coming on the offensive end, which were turned into 13 second chance points.

UTA did not shoot much better, knocking down only 37 percent of their shots and 23 on their three point attempts.  They hit 15 of 22 at the free throw line.

Hervey, the Sun Belt’s Player of the Year, finished with 18 points and Jorge Bilbao scored 14 with Jalen Jones adding 12.

The Chants (16-17) finish the season one game under .500 for the first losing season since 2012-13. Coastal now awaits word from the CIT or CBI in hopes of a postseason invitation.

Photo courtesy of Sun Belt Conference

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