The Bulldogs (3-7) broke an early 7-all tie as Karon Wright drained a 3-pointer to ignite a 25-9 run in the first half, coasting to a 43-25 advantage at the break.
Coastal Carolina (5-6) trailed by 20 early in the second half but wouldn't fold easily, crawling back with a 30-14 surge to make the score 64-60 with 5:17 remaining. SC State countered with a quick 8-2 run, capped off by a Palmer dunk.
Matthew Hezekiah had 14 points for SC State.
Cameron paced Coastal Carolina with 22 points and Gillis had 16.