CCU knocks off first-place Georgia Southern at home

ccuhoops-45gsuSenior Colton Ray-St Cyr had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Coastal Carolina to an 82-70 upset victory over Georgia Southern.

The Eagles (16-9, 9-3 Sun Belt) came into Conway in a three-way tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference, but CCU (12-13, 7-5 Sun Belt) came out on top to move into the top tier of the league.

Coastal’s Ray-St Cyr had plenty of scoring help as Jaylen Shaw also had 16 points. Shivaughn Wiggins and Elijah Wilson each scoring 13 points.

CCU shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field and hit nine of its 25 three-point field goals (36 percent) and hit 13 of 19 from the free throw line.

Free throw differential kept the visitors in the game as they finished the game hitting 19 of their 29 free throws, but at one time during the game had outshot the Chants 27-13.

The Sun Belt’s leading scorer Ike Smith, showed why he leads the Sun Belt in scoring, finishing with a game-high 25 points.  Mike Hughes also had double-digits with 14.

One of the big advantages of the game was the Chants defense holding the Sun Belt’s second-leading scorer Tookie Brown, to only seven points on one-of-seven shooting.  He came into the game averaging 18.

Georgia Southern shot 39 percent from the field and hit 11 three-point field goals to go along with their 19 free throws.

The Chants owned the glass, out rebounding the visitors 46-24.  Along with Ray-St Cyr, Demario Beck also did his thing collecting 10 rebounds to go with his seven points.

CCU outscored the Eagles 32-14 in the paint as the Chants continued to assault the basket with drives.  CCU also had nine second-chance points off their 11 offensive rebounds while scoring 12 points off GSU’s eight turnovers.

CCU will be back home Monday when they host another one of the top teams in the Sun Belt, Georgia State at 7 p.m.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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