Georgia Southern beats Coastal Carolina 77-66 behind Brown
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Tookie Brown scored 22 points, Ike Smith added 19, and Georgia Southern beat Coastal Carolina 77-66 on Thursday night to win its third straight.
Montae Glenn scored 17 points for the Eagles (13-5, 4-1 Sun Belt), who made 10 3-pointers and 21 free throws.
Coastal Carolina closed to 46-39 on Demario Beck’s layup early in the second half, but the Eagles pulled steadily away, building a 15-point lead, 72-57, after Glenn’s back-to-back dunks amid an 8-0 run with 1:47 left.
The Chanticleers took a 10-8 lead on Ajay Sanders’ jumper amid an 8-0 run, but Ike Smith’s 3 put the Eagles back on top, 15-14, and Georgia Southern never trailed again. Brown’s free throws and 3-pointer sparked an 11-4 run and the Eagles led 37-26 at halftime behind Smith’s 13 points.
Jaylen Shaw scored 21 points with five assists, Zac Cuthbertson added 15 points with eight boards, and Beck had 11 points for Coastal Carolina (7-11, 1-4), which has lost four straight.