Cold Shooting Dooms CCU in Sun Belt Tournament exit

Cold Shooting Dooms CCU in Sun Belt Tournament exit

Story Courtesy of Coastal Carolina Athletics

NEW ORLEANS – Jaylen Shaw scored 14 points and Artur Labinowicz came off the bench to add 12, but Coastal Carolina fell to top-ranked Texas Arlington 74-51 in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

CCU (16-17) only trailed 48-41 with 6:47 left in the game, but Kevin Hervey hit back-to-back-to-back three point field goals and the Chants could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.

The Chants only shot 24 percent in the second half and that includes only hitting one of its 16 three point attempts for six percent.

For the game CCU shot 30 percent from the field and 18 percent on three point attempts.  The Chants only hit eight of its 13 free throws.

Shaw and Labinowicz were the only double-digit scorers as Elijah Wilson finished with nine and Colton Ray-St Cyr had eight.

UTA (25-7) out rebounded CCU 50-44 with 19 of those coming on the offensive end, which were turned into 13 second chance points.

UTA did not shoot much better, knocking down only 37 percent of their shots and 23 on their three point attempts.  They hit 15 of 22 at the free throw line.

Hervey, the Sun Belt's Player of the Year, finished with 18 points and Jorge Bilbao scored 14 with Jalen Jones adding 12.

UTA carried a 29-27 lead into the locker room at halftime as Balbao scored 10 and Hervey added nine.  UTA also grabbed 25 rebounds, of which, 10 were offensive and led to seven second chance points.

UTA shot 34 percent from the field and only hit one of its 13 three point attempts for 8 percent.  They also hit four-of-eight of their free throws.

After trailing by eight with 12 minutes left in the half, the Chanticleers made a run scoring nine straight points to take a one-point lead.

CCU finished the half shooting 38 percent from the field with Labinowicz coming off the bench to score eight and Shaw adding seven.  CCU also hit four of its 12 three point attempts, but could not get to the free throw line where they only attempted three, hitting one.