- Ian Brooking
Coastal Men's Basketball on impressive run
After finishing in third place in the Island of Bahamas Showcase, the Chanticleers picked up a win over St. Andrews on Wednesday, Nov. 22, winning 70-34 at the HTC Center. Prior to their win on Nov. 22, the Chanticleers defeated University of Texas-San Antonio 83-69 on Nov. 17. Four Chanticleer scored 10 or more points in the win with junior forward Josh Coleman nearly recording a double-double. Coleman scored 10 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the win. The following day, the Chanticleers fell to Vermont 80-67. While it was a double-digit loss, the team held its own against a Vermont team that nearly stunned the great Kentucky Wildcats. Three Chanticleers scored double figures with junior forward Zac Cuthbertson scoring 23 points and recording 13 rebounds in the loss. That set up a matchup with Iona, a team that has gone to the NCAA tournament three times in the past five seasons. Once again, it was Cuthbertson leading the Chanticleers to victory, scoring 31 points in an 89-84 win on Sunday, Nov. 19. The Chanticleers trailed by 5 with 2:17 left in the game but went on a 13-3 run to grab their five-point victory and third place finish in the Island of Bahamas Showcase. Coastal returned home to the HTC Center to take on St. Andrews on Nov. 22 and the Chanticleers were able to get a 36-point win without Cuthbertson, who sat out Wednesday’s game due to injury. Senior forward Demario Beck recorded his first double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the win. It was Beck’s ninth career double-double. It was also a big day for senior guard Jaylen Shaw. After hitting his first of two free throws at the 8:02 mark in the first half, Shaw scored his 1,000th career point as a member of the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball program. Shaw finished the game with 12 points. The Chanticleers look to get their fifth win of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 29 as they take on Wofford at the HTC Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.