Tyrell Gumbs-Frater came off the Coastal Carolina bench and scored a career-high 24 points in leading CCU to an 88-81 road win over Arkansas State.
The start of the game was delayed by over an hour due to a storm that hit the area and caused the roof to leak, but that did not cool off Gumbs-Frater as he hit six three point field goal. None was bigger than his three with two minutes left that gave CCU an 80-79 lead and the Chants never trailed again.
Zac Cuthbertson scored 19 points and was a perfect nine-for-nine at the free throw line and had a game-high nine rebounds.
Amidou Bamba came off the bench to add 15 points and six rebounds while Artur Labinowicz added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Jaylen Shaw finished the game with 10 points, only taking six shots for the game. He also had four assists, six rebounds and a steal.
CCU (14-16, 8-9 Sun Belt) finished the game with 20 assists on its 29 field goals with freshman Tre Brown leading the way with a game-high five. The Chants also had four blocked shots and five steals.
CCU struggled from the field in the second half shooting 39 percent, but finished the game shooting 55 percent (29-53) from the field after their hot first 20 minutes.
CCU hit 10 of its 19 (53%) three point field goals and attempted 30 free throws, making 20, for 67 percent.
The Chants finished the game with 45 rebounds compared to 35 for Arkansas State.
Arkansas State’s (10-19, 5-11 Sun Belt) Ty Cockfield scored 35 points, hitting 12 of 22 from the field, including six of his 10 three point field goals. He also was five-of-six at the free throw line.
The Redwolves shot 37 percent (26-73) from the field and 31 percent (10-32) from beyond the three point line. They were solid at the free throw line hitting 19-of-23 for 83 percent.
Tristin Walley was the only other Redwolve to reach double-digits finishing with 12 points.
The first half saw the Chanticleers take a 46-35 lead into the locker room at halftime following a 20-minute shooting performance that saw CCU shoot 72 percent (18-25) from the field.
Leading that performance was Gumbs-Frater who torched the nets for 21 points. He hit all seven of his field goals, including five three point field goals.
Bamba also came off the bench and was a perfect five-for-five and finished with 10 first half points.
CCU out rebounded the home team 18-15 and the lead could have been larger if CCU had been better at the free throw line (4-9) and could cut down on its turnovers (9) which led to nine Arkansas State points.
Not to be outdone, the Redwolves Cockfield hit seven field goals, with five of those threes, on his way to 20 first half points.
Arkansas State shot 37 percent from the field and hit seven three point field goals (37%).
The Chanticleers will end the regular season Saturday, March 3 at Appalachian State. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 tip and can be seen live on ESPN3.