CCU hosts exhibition game to benefit hurricane victims

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team will host a special fundraiser Saturday at the HTC Center to help victims of Hurricane Florence.

Fans can get an early look at the 2018-19 edition of the Chanticleers on Saturday, when they host South Carolina State at 3 p.m. in an exhibition match.

CCU returns eight players from last season, including All-Preseason Sun Belt Conference second team selection Zac Cuthbertson (pictured).

The senior forward, whose home town of New Bern, N.C., was decimated by the storm, averaged over 14 points and almost seven rebounds per game last season. Cuthbertson scored in double digits 25 times last season and had five double-doubles in rebounds and points over the course of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Sun Belt also released its preseason poll which saw the Chants picked 10th with 40 points. Georgia State received all 12 first-place votes and 144 overall points to finish first in the preseason poll. Georgia Southern and Louisiana finished tied for second with 125 points. ULM and Troy finished tied with 89 points while Appalachian State (86), South Alabama (80), Texas State (67) and Arkansas State (42) finished ahead of CCU. UTA (33) and Little Rock (16) round out the preseason poll.

The help support Hurricane Florence relief efforts on campus, fans who donate canned goods or make a monetary donation will gain free admission to the game. The canned goods will be given to the University’s food pantry, while the monetary donations will support the faculty/staff and student benevolence funds. Checks should be made payable to the Coastal Educational Foundation (CEF) with “Benevolence Fund” included on the memo line.

Aramark, CCU’s dining service, has also agreed to donate a portion of all concession proceeds to the funds.

Men’s basketball season tickets will also be on sale for the upcoming 2018-19 season. The new pricing model for men’s basketball season tickets means every seat in the HTC Center is now $175 for all 13 home games and can be purchased at the ticket booth during the exhibition game.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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