The South Carolina State men's basketball team snapped their three-game losing streak with an impressive, 83-78, victory over Coastal Carolina Tuesday at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.
Senior guard Adama "Louis" Adams led the Bulldogs with a team-high 18 points. SC State had four players in double figures with senior forward Matthew Hezekiahwith 14, sophomore forward Daryll Palmer fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Jordan Smith added 10 in the win.
"It was a great program win and I am proud of the energy and effort and enthusiasm we played with tonight," said SC State head coach Murray Garvin. "We emphasized defense the last nine days and our guys did a much better job guarding Coastal."
Junior guard Josh Cameron led Coastal Carolina with a game-high 22 points, while teammates Warren Gill added 16 and freshman Elijah Wilson chipped in 10. Senior forward El Hadji Ndieguene grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
SC State jumped out to a quick 24-11 lead off a jumper by Smith at the 7:49 mark in the first-half. Freshman guard Koran Wright nailed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the half to give the Bulldogs an 18-point advantage at intermission 43-25.
Junior forward Luka Radovic opened up the scoring margin on a put back layup to give SC State their biggest lead of the game 20, 50-30 at the 18:11 mark in the second-half. Coastal put together a late rally to pull within three, 80-77 with 0:18 seconds remaining, but freshman guard Jalen White tossed in three straight free-throws to give SC State a 83-78 victory over Coastal Carolina.
"We will enjoy this win and then start preparation for Jacksonville on Thursday," stated Garvin. "I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting us as well."
SC State improves to 3-7, while Coastal falls to 5-6 on the season.
South Carolina State returns to action on Monday (Dec. 23) when they travel to sunshine state to take on Jacksonville University in a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.