CCU wins big in Las Vegas

CCU wins big in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Elijah Wilson scored 23 points and Jaylen Shaw added 20 as Coastal Carolina University defeated Southern Utah 83-68 in the MGM Men Who Speak Up Main Event.

The Chanticleers (2-3) had their best shooting game of the season finishing the game knocking down 56 percent of their shots.

Wilson and Shaw had plenty of scoring help as Artur Labinowicz came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points and Demario Beck added 10.

With his 23 points, Wilson moved past Joseph Harris (2005-10) into ninth place on the CCU all-time scoring list and now as 1,455 points.

The Chants were able to out rebound SUU (1-3) 37-30 with Beck and Labinowicz leading the way with seven rebounds each.
Defensively, CCU held the Thunderbirds 20 points below their team average and held SUU to only 37 percent shooting.

SUU's James McGhee hit five three point field goals on his way to tying Wilson for game-high scoring honors with 23 points to lead the Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds leading scorer, Randy Onwuasor, came into the game averaging just over 27 points per game. He came close to this average with a 22-point game, but only hit six of his 17 field goal attempts.

SUU was able to stay close deep into the game shooting 21 free throws and CCU helping out their cause with 18 turnovers.

It was late in the game when Southern Utah had to foul the Chants and they stepped up knocking down eight consecutive foul shots in the final few minutes to finish hitting 15 of their 18 free throws (83.3%).

The Chants built a 39-30 lead at halftime behind Wilson's 12 first half points and Shaw adding 11.  CCU shot 53 percent from the field and out rebounded SUU 19-13.

CCU was hurt by 11 first half turnovers and were called for 11 fouls leading to eight free throws for the Thunderbirds.  McGee had 10 first half points and Onwuasor had nine. The Chants did hold SUU to 37 percent shooting.

The Chanticleers have one more game on this seven-day road trip.  They will play at Wake Forest on Wednesday Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.