Coastal faces tough test to stay in Sun Belt title chase

After a road trip that produced two loses for the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team, the Chanticleers will turn to its home court in looking to get back in the win column.

CCU (9-11, 4-3 Sun Belt) will open the two-game home stand hosting Texas State Saturday (11-8, 4-3 Sun Belt), Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m. With both teams tied for fifth place in the Sun Belt standings, the winner will move into contention for the title while the loser will fade into the middle of the pack.

The two teams met on Jan. 2 in San Marcos with the Chanticleers fighting through a physical game to come away with a 60-53 win.  That win was CCU’s first conference win as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, and it was also CCU’s first true road win of the season.

Coastal will follow that game up hosting Texas-Arlington, the conference’s highest ranked team.  In the latest RPI list released by the NCAA, Texas Arlington had an RBI Listing of 51, while Arkansas State is next at 83.

The Chanticleers continue to be led in scoring by Elijah Wilson and Jaylen Shaw.  Wilson averages 14.1 points per game and Shaw is right behind at 13.8.

Shaw is also the team-leader in assists with 80 and in steals with 24.  Demario Beck has been a consistent scorer and rebounder for CCU.  He averages just over nine points per game and leads the team in rebounds averaging 7.7 per outing.

Senior Colton Ray-St Cyr may be playing some of his best basketball of the season.  He has scored 35 points over the past two road games and had a double-double at Georgia State and came up one rebound short of completing a double-double at Georgia Southern.  On the season he averages 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Junior guard Shivaughn Wiggins has brought some solid calmness to the Chants.  While he is averaging 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds since his return four games ago, his largest contribution has come in the turnover department.

Before he got back on the court, CCU was one of the worse turnover teams not only in the Sun Belt, but in the nation.  As a team the Chants were averaging 15 turnovers per game.  Since Wiggins return, the Chants are only averaging eight per game, which has cut their turnovers in half.

The Bobcats will come to Conway with the Sun Belt’s top defense allowing only 63.8 points per game.  Their opponents are shooting 41 percent from the field, but the namesake of the Texas State defense is pressure, as evidenced by their 139 steals and 86 blocked shots. Their 4.5 blocked shots per game is best in the Sun Belt and their 7.3 steals per game is also near the top of the conference.

Monday night’s tilt with Texas-Arlington will begin at 7 p.m.  Both games can be heard live on WSEA Sports Radio 100.3.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

Comments

comments

Mudcats foil Hatch's 13-K performance for Pelicans

Mudcats foil Hatch's 13-K performance for PelicansThomas Hatch struck out 13 - one away from tying [more]

`Breakout' performances by CAC swimmers in Columbia

`Breakout' performances by CAC swimmers in ColumbiaCarolina Aquatics of Columbia  hosted their annual May Breakout swim [more]

Mutiny shoots down Eagles to stay unbeaten on season

Mutiny shoots down Eagles to stay unbeaten on seasonThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny remained undefeated on the season by [more]

Pelicans take second place after Alzolay aces Mudcats

Pelicans take second place after Alzolay aces MudcatsAdbert Alzolay dominated the Mudcats in six strong innings and [more]

Tourney run comes to end for Gamecocks in LSU loss

Tourney run comes to end for Gamecocks in LSU lossPlaying its fifth game in five days, South Carolina ran [more]

Chants go down swinging, await word on at-large bid

Chants go down swinging, await word on at-large bidTop-seeded Coastal Carolina battled back from two four-run deficits (once [more]

Five CCU football players claim All-Sun Belt honors

Five CCU football players claim All-Sun Belt honorsAthlon Magazine has named five members of the Coastal Carolina [more]

Tigers' fate rests in NCAA's hands after loss to Virginia

Tigers' fate rests in NCAA's hands after loss to VirginiaNo. 10 Virginia scored eight runs in the first inning [more]

Mudcats handcuff Pelicans, leapfrog into second place

Mudcats handcuff Pelicans, leapfrog into second placeThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans bats mustered just four hits in [more]

Hopkins' three-run homer sends Gamecocks to semis

Hopkins' three-run homer sends Gamecocks to semisTJ Hopkins' pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the [more]

Pelicans rally late to sweep past Dash in doubleheader

Pelicans rally late to sweep past Dash in doubleheaderAndruw Monasterio hit a walk-off to help the Pelicans win [more]

Pelicans' record inning nets 11 runs in first to cap sweep

Pelicans' record inning nets 11 runs in first to cap sweepEloy Jimenez highlighted a team-record 11-run first inning with a [more]

Gamecocks still alive in SEC with big win over Missouri

Gamecocks still alive in SEC with big win over MissouriCarlos Cortes tied a single-game SEC Tournament record with both [more]

Sun Belt changes tourney format to single elimination

Sun Belt changes tourney format to single eliminationCoastal Carolina's postseason quest to repeat as national champions is [more]

Gamecocks down to final out after loss to Wildcats

Gamecocks down to final out after loss to WildcatsSouth Carolina raced out to a 2-0 lead in the [more]

NBA decides to award 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte

NBA decides to award 2019 All-Star Game to CharlotteTalk about a long bathroom break ... the NBA announced [more]

Sun Belt's football format, tourney sites announced

Sun Belt's football format, tourney sites announcedThe Coastal Carolina football team will compete in the newly [more]

Tigers' slide continues with loss to Duke in ACC opener

Tigers' slide continues with loss to Duke in ACC openerMichael Smiciklas' check-swing, run-scoring double in the eighth inning broke [more]

Gamecocks keep season alive with first-round win

Gamecocks keep season alive with first-round winNo. 11 seed South Carolina needed a win in the [more]

Pelicans get chance to hold Cubs' World Series Trophy

Pelicans get chance to hold Cubs' World Series TrophyThe Chicago Cubs waited 108 years to hoist the World [more]

Labor Day tradition to roll on at Darlington Raceway

Labor Day tradition to roll on at Darlington RacewayIt appears that Darlington Raceway and Labor Day weekend date [more]

Chants carry momentum, awards into tournament

Chants carry momentum, awards into tournament Coastal Carolina's Billy Cooke, who led the league in three [more]

Pelicans use back-to-back homers to blast past Salem

Pelicans use back-to-back homers to blast past SalemAdbert Alzolay yielded just one hit in six dominant innings [more]

Chants honor seniors, win division title and top seed

Chants honor seniors, win division title and top seedFor the third consecutive weekend, Coastal Carolina swept its league [more]

Jimenez homers again but Pelicans continue to slump

Jimenez homers again but Pelicans continue to slump Eloy Jimenez, the top-rated prospect in the Chicago Cubs' organization, [more]

Mudcats foil Hatch's 13-K performance for Pelicans

Mudcats foil Hatch's 13-K performance for PelicansThomas Hatch struck out 13 - one away from tying [more]

`Breakout' performances by CAC swimmers in Columbia

`Breakout' performances by CAC swimmers in ColumbiaCarolina Aquatics of Columbia  hosted their annual May Breakout swim [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach