Cuthbertson carries Chants to win over South Alabama

Zac Cuthbertson led four Chanticleers in double figures with 28 points as Coastal Carolina defeated South Alabama 92-70.

While the game was relatively close at halftime, CCU came out in the second half and slowly pulled away by shooting over 55 percent in leading by as many as 26 points late in the game.

The game pushed CCU to a 15-14 overall record and even more important gave them a 9-8 conference record. The win pushed them one game closer to one of the top six conference teams, meaning they would miss a first-round game.

The Chants shot 54 percent (33-61) from the field as Tyrell Gumbs-Frater (17), DeVante Jones (15) and Ajay Sanders (12) joined Cuthbertson in reaching double-digits.

Ebrima Dibba also reached double figures, but it was in assists. The freshman had 11 assists in the game which is a team and career-high. CCU finished the game with 22 assists which equaled a season-high set against Louisiana Monroe just last Saturday.

Gumbs-Frater continued his assault on three-point shooting, hitting four-of-six from beyond the long-range line. He helped CCU shoot 42 percent on its threes hitting 13-of-31.

The Chants also did a good job at the line knocking down 13 of its 15 attempts for 87 percent.

CCU hit the boards hard out rebounding the visitors 38-21. Cuthbertson and Ajay Sanders had seven each and Josh Coleman came off the bench to grab five.

CCU ends the regular season hosting Troy Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will see CCU’s four seniors honored before the game. Those seniors are Matt Lindsey, Ajay Sanders, Josh Coleman and Zac Cuthbertson.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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