Coastal Georgia fails to complete comeback attempt in 71-68 loss to Ave Maria

Men’s Basketball | Sat, Nov 19, 2022 at 6:50 p.m

AVE MARIA, Fla.- The Coastal Georgia men’s basketball team (1-5 (0-2)) lost by heartbreaker to Ave Maria University (4-2 (2-1)) on Saturday night.

The Mariners had ball three with 22 seconds left on the clock. A three-pointer from Mason McMurray missed, and Anthony Duncan was able to grab it and flick the ball to a wide-open right wing Nick Jiles who made the three-point shot, but he was flagged down as he didn’t release the ball timely and the Gyrenes slipped away with a 71-68 win.

McMurray and Jiles fueled offense like they’ve done all season, combing 35 points on a combined 14-25 shooting. Both grabbed eight rebounds and combined for nine assists.

Torey James looked good in his first game as a mariner. He recorded nine points off the bench and recorded a big block late in the game.

Kenny Brown also scored nine points, while Layton Veon, Rodney Wiley Jr., Anthony Ross and Duncan combined for 15 points to round out the rest of the standings.

At Ave Maria, Lucas Uzdavinis led with 22 points, followed by Matt Gillis with 15 points.

As a team, the Mariners struggled to find their shot. They were a usable 9-30 from the three-point line but shot just 38.8 percent from the field compared to the Gyrenes’ efficient 50 percent from the field. Coastal Georgia also did a good job of ball control as they passed the Gyrenes 38-36 and only had eight turnovers on the Gyrenes’ 10.

Ave Maria was able to force hard shots from the Mariners and controlled the paint that scored 40 points from the Mariners’ 28.

How it happened:

1St HALF: The Mariners were hot early on and took a 10-3 lead. Coastal Georgia continued to build it after Kenny Brown and Layton Veon gave the Mariners a 19-8 lead with back-to-back threes. Ave Maria was able to stay within reach, however, and after a layup by Nick Jiles at 5:16 at halftime, the Gyrenes went into the break with a 15-4 run and a 37-35 lead.

2nd HALF: The Gyrenes continued their goal run from the dressing room. They went on a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 49-37 by the 14-13 mark. The Mariners trailed 8-10 the rest of the way until Mason McMurray hit a three with 40 seconds left to reduce the Gyrenes’ lead to four. After passing the ball in quickly, Jiles swiped the ball from Ave Maria and backed up a few steps before delivering a three to put the Mariners on point within 33 seconds. However, the Gyrenes got a quick layup and the Mariners were unable to make a few last shot attempts as Ave Maria recorded its second Sun Conference win of the season, 71-68.


The Mariners play USC-Aiken on November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Aiken, SC