Coastal downs S.C. State in hoops exhibition opener

Coastal Carolina had four players score in double figures in defeating South Carolina State 83-69 in exhibition action leading into the 2017-18 season.

Artur Labinowicz led the scoring with 19 points on a shooting night which saw the sophomore hit five of his seven shots from the field including a perfect three-for-three on his three point attempts. He was also six-of-seven at the free throw line.

Jaylen Shaw added 17 and a game-high seven assists. Zac Cuthbertson scored 15 rebounds and along with Labinowicz grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Matt Lindsey from nearby North Myrtle Beach, also hit for double-digits with 11 points.

The Chants carried a 47-30 lead into the half behind Cuthbertson’s 13 points and six rebounds.

Josh Coleman, Ajay Sanders and Shaw each scored eight points in the opening half as CCU shot 53 percent from the field. The Chants also hit five of its 11 three point field goal attempts (46 percent).

CCU out rebounded the members of the MEAC 26-21 in the first half. CCU held as much as a 41-19 lead with 3:32 left before an 11-6 run by South Carolina State cut the lead to 17 at half.

CCU will open the regular season Friday Nov. 10 when they host Piedmont International at 7:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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