Coastal suffers overtime defeat at home to Lamar

Coastal Carolina came from 11 points down late in the game to get into overtime, but the comeback came up short in a 69-67 loss to Lamar.

It was a rematch of an earlier 66-60 win by Lamar over CCU in Beaumont and it was much the same as the first game. Defenses ruled the game and both teams shot less than 40 percent from the field, but it was an old problem that turned out to be the Chanticleers downfall in the hard-fought loss.

Over the course of the game CCU committed 23 turnovers which the Cardinals were able to turn into 23 points.

It was the comeback that showed the heart of this Chanticleer team when all seemed lost. Trailing 56-45 with 2:54 seconds left in the game, the CCU defense turned up the pressure to hold Lamar scoreless over the rest of regulation, and scored 11 consecutive points to send the game into overtime.

The final three points of regulation came on a Jaylen Shaw three to send the game into the extra period.

Lamar (6-1) outscored CCU 10-8 in overtime and when Zac Cuthbertson’s three point field goal missed the mark at the end of the game, Lamar was able to sneak out of Conway with the win.

Cuthbertson led CCU with his second double-double of the season scoring 19 points and grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds. Shaw had 16 points along with five assists and Labinowicz added 14 points.

CCU will hit the road for its next two outings beginning with a Wednesday Dec. 6 game at Hampton. Game time is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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