Pulaski, Tenn. – The College of Coastal Georgia men's basketball team was saddled with a 73-59 loss to Martin Methodist here Saturday in Southern States Athletic Conference action.
The loss left the Mariners winless in early conference play as they fell to 3-10 overall and 0-4 in SSAC action.
Martin Methodist improved to 7-6 overall while moving to 2-2 in the SSAC.
Coastal Georgia jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but the RedHawks took their first lead at the 15:34 mark of the opening half and never trailed again.
They led by as much as 12 points before halftime and took a 34-24 advantage into intermission.
After the break, Martin Methodist took its largest lead of the game at 53-34 with 14:28 to play and the Mariners would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
For Coastal Georgia, Brandon Martin led all scorers with 20 points, but Jaylen Smallwood was the only other Mariners player to score in twin figures as he finished with 12 points.
Haylen Washington just missed doubles as he finished with nine points. Jordan Lewis and Jeremy Joyner scored eight apiece.
Coastal Georgia finished shooting 37.1 percent (23-62) for the game. The Mariners struggled at the foul line, going 8-for-15 from the stripe.
Washington led the Mariners with seven rebounds while also dishing out four assists. Jonathan Canada also had four assists.
The RedHawks placed all five starters in double figures. Caleb Chowbay led the way with 17 points while Broderick Davis followed with 16 points. Albert Lynch tossed in 12 points while Toderick Davis and Wil Smith added 10 each.
Lynch had a good all-around game for the home team as he led the RedHawks with nine rebounds while also notching seven assists.
Martin Methodist finished shooting 47.6 percent (30-63).
Coastal Georgia will look to crack the win column in conference play next week when it returns home for a pair of SSAC matchups. The Mariners will host Blue Mountain on Thursday before welcoming William Carey to town on Saturday.