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  • Akilah Stroman

Men's basketball struggles continue

Artur Labinowicz (#2) Photo by Mikaela Groomes

Coastal Carolina men's basketball face their first five game losing streak since 2008-2009 season after falling to Georgia State and Georgia Southern last weekend.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, the Chants fell to the Georgia Southern Eagles, 77-66.

Despite the loss, senior guard Jaylen Shaw moved into 13th place on the all-time scoring list after a 21-point performance.

Turnovers and three-points shooting was a big factor in this game.

Georgia Southern was able to score 19 points off of 15 Coastal turnovers.

In the first half alone, the Chanticleers had 11 turnovers to which the Eagles scored 12 points off of those turnovers and went into the half with a comfortable 37-26 lead.

The Chanticleers struggled from behind the three-point line, hitting just two of their 19 attempts. Georgia Southern on the other hand, hit 10 of their 22 attempts.

Junior forward Zac Cuthbertson scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the loss while senior forward Demario Beck had 11 points before fouling out with nine minutes left in the second half.

In the second half, the Chants shot 50 percent from the field and finished the game shooting 43.3 percent.

While the three-point shooting improved on against Georgia State, the Chanticleers still turned the ball over too many times in their 72-58 loss on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Sophomore guard Artur Labinowicz scored a career high of 32 points, going 10-of-17 from the floor and six-of-12 from three-point range. Jaylen Shaw was the only other Chant in double-digits with 10 points. Shaw finished with a game high of eight assists.

Labinowicz’ 32 points was also a team and game high. The Chants shot just 34 percent from the field and hit seven of its 22 three point field goals.

Beck was in foul trouble for the second game in a row but also pulled down 12 rebounds. Coastal out rebounded Georgia State 38-36.

Coastal was only down three points at the half but Georgia State went on a 18-3 run in the first six minutes of the second half and the Chanticleers never recovered.

While the turnovers and play inside the paint were still a struggle, Coastal's free-throw shooting was a positive as the team knocked down 13 of the 15 free throws attempted.

The Chants fall to 7-12 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

They are on the road this against South Alabama and Troy.

The Chanticleers take on South Alabama on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8:05 p.m. and will battle Troy on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 5:15 p.m.

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