Men's Basketball Set to Host Final Regular Season Home Stand
Conway - It seems as if the 2017-18 basketball season just started, but the Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team is set to host its final regular season home stand of the season.
The home stand will be made up of three consecutive games that begins Saturday Feb. 10 with Appalachian State (10-15, 5-7 Sun Belt).
While the conference is 12 games into conference play, Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. tip will be the first time Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina have faced each other this season. The two teams will also play again in just 21 days in Boone, N.C. to end the regular season.
CCU has won four of its past five games and enters the game 11-14 overall and tied with Appalachian State for sixth place in the conference at 5-7.
The Mountaineers will come into Conway with the second ranked scoring offense in the Sun Belt, averaging 76.9 points per game. They have one of the top all-around guards in the conference in junior Ronshad Shabazz. The All-Sun Belt performer is third in the conference in scoring at 19.4 points per game.
He is shooting over 40 percent from the field and has hit 62 three point field goals which is third in the conference. He also does a good job of finding his teammates as he is eighth in assists averaging 3.2 per game.
With six games left, the Chanticleers are only five games from second and three games out of third as they make their final push towards the top of the conference with the Sun Belt Tournament just around the corner.
It’s hard not to look back and see all the close losses that CCU has suffered this season. Nine of CCU’s losses this season have been by seven points or less, including the last two losses; 60-57 at South Alabama (Jan. 18), and last Saturday, an 87-80 loss at Texas Arlington.
CCU continues to have four players averaging in double digits led by Zac Cuthbertson’s 15.3 points per game. Cuthbertson is one of the few players in the league in the top-10 in scoring and rebounding. He scoring average is ninth in the Sun Belt while his 6.6 rebounds per game has him 10th.
Jaylen Shaw is having another solid season, averaging 14.9 points per game, which is 13th in the Sun Belt, and his 5.5 assists per game is third.
While Shaw’s total assists of 138 is the second most in the league, his 73 assists in conference games leads league play. Shaw is also among league leaders in field goal percentage (9th), free throw percentage (12th), assist - turnover ratio (6th) and in steals (5th).
Sophomore Artur Labinowicz averages 10.8 points per game and leads the team with 41 three point field goals. He is also shooting 78 percent at the free throw line.
Demario Beck continues to be one of the top sixth-men in the conference. He is averaging 10.4 points per game and is shooting 57 percent from the field. He is also shooting 33 percent on his three point attempts.
Beck leads the team and is seventh in the conference averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with 21 blocked shots.
After Saturday’s outing, the other two games of the home stand will see the Chants hosting Troy on Thursday Feb. 15th at 7:30 p.m., followed by South Alabama Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m.
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