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

Week 4: Seahawks top CF; Sharks, Chiefs roll to wins

Week 4: Seahawks top CF; Sharks, Chiefs roll to winsA year ago, Darius Hough decided the only bright lights [more]

Thursday Roundup: NMB, CF volleyball roll in region

Thursday Roundup: NMB, CF volleyball roll in regionThe Carolina Forest and North Myrtle Beach volleyball teams remained [more]

Gilmore makes home run for hall of fame induction

Gilmore makes home run for hall of fame inductionCoastal Carolina baseball head coach Gary Gilmore will be inducted [more]

Monday Roundup: CF, SJ impress at Lady Patriot

Monday Roundup: CF, SJ impress at Lady PatriotThe Carolina Forest and St. James girls golf team made [more]

Strand sends record-tying four stars to Shrine Bowl

Strand sends record-tying four stars to Shrine Bowl Horry County has had an on-again, mostly off-again relationship with [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeateds

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeatedsJon "JJ" Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at [more]

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat Braves

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat BravesSt. James traveled to Prestwick Country Club on Wednesday to [more]

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyball

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyballThe reigning Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach High [more]

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former school

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former schoolMyrtle Beach football player J.J. Jones has been cleared to [more]

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loop

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loopDespite Hurricane Dorian costing Horry County Schools a week of [more]

Chants capture historic victory over Jayhawks

Chants capture historic victory over JayhawksCoastal Carolina football recorded its first-ever win over a Power [more]

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls Like it did after last year’s state championship games, Horry [more]

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports schedule

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports scheduleHurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall on the [more]

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup title

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup titleCoach R.J. Bass wanted a strong early test for his [more]

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers opened their season the same way [more]

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openers

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openersTommy Norwood tried to nix the Gatorade bath. He raised [more]

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootout

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootoutWilliam Welch (West Islip, N.Y.) shot a net 69 (gross [more]

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-match

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-matchThe Carolina Forest girls golf team made a strong showing [more]

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by Warriors

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by WarriorsThe Palmetto State made a strong showing in the Border [more]

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World Am

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World AmBeautiful weather greeted the 3,215 golfers participating in the 36th [more]

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champs

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champsTwo Coast FA boys teams returned home as champions from [more]

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at horn

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at hornMatt Reel sighed more than once when talking about his [more]

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bidThe only thing harder than winning a state championship is [more]

Week 4: Seahawks top CF; Sharks, Chiefs roll to wins

Week 4: Seahawks top CF; Sharks, Chiefs roll to winsA year ago, Darius Hough decided the only bright lights [more]

Thursday Roundup: NMB, CF volleyball roll in region

Thursday Roundup: NMB, CF volleyball roll in regionThe Carolina Forest and North Myrtle Beach volleyball teams remained [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach