Jan. 8, 2011
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Cliff Ellis earned his 600th career NCAA Division I win and Coastal Carolina won its 12th straight game with a 70-67 victory over Liberty Saturday from the Vines Center.
Ellis, who is in his fourth year at Coastal Carolina, becomes just the 26th coach in NCAA history with 600 Division I wins. He owns an all-time record of 600-380 and has been named coach of the year in four different conferences.
Kierre Greenwood scored 15 points to lead four Chanticleers in double figures. Desmond Holloway added 14 points and six rebounds, while Chad Gray finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Mike Holmes registered 11 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Evan Gordon led all scorers with 17 points, while John Caleb Sanders scored 16 points and hit four three-pointers. John Brown had a double-double with 13 points and 13 points, while Jesse Sanders also scored 13 points for the Flames.
Coastal Carolina (14-2, 5-0) held its largest lead of the game with 1:23 left to play when Holmes put the Chants up 64-54 with a layup off a feed from Greenwood.
Jesse Sanders hit a jumper on the following possession for Liberty to pull the Flames within eight points at 64-56 with 1:13 left to play. Gray missed the front end of a one-and-one on Coastal’s next possession, and Brown converted a layup on the other end to cut the Chanticleer lead to six points.
After Holloway hit two free throws for Coastal, David Minaya hit a three-pointer with 23 seconds left to pull Liberty within five points. Holloway hit one of two free throws thereafter only to see Jesse Sanders hit a three-pointer for the Flames to trim the lead to three points with 15 seconds on the clock.
Holloway hit the next two free throws to put Coastal ahead 69-64, but John Caleb Sanders hit a trey to cut the deficit to two points with nine seconds. Greenwood drew a foul on the inbounds and hit the first of two free throws to push Coastal ahead 70-67, and Gordon’s three-point attempt at the buzzer hit off the rim and fell harmlessly to the ground.
Brown gave Liberty its largest lead of the first half with a jumper at the 12:01 mark to put the Flames up 15-9. Coastal answered with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to open up a 19-15 lead capped by a layup from Holloway.
After Liberty tied the score at 19-19 on a jumper from Jesse Sanders and a pair of free throws from Joel Vander Pol, Holmes put Coastal ahead by two on the ensuing Chanticleer possession on a putback following a missed jumper from Gray.
Minutes later, Holmes went to the stripe looking to extend the Chanticleer lead but was unable to convert on either free throw. Gray, however, grabbed an offensive rebound on the miss and hit Dexter Moore for a three-pointer to put the Chants ahead 24-19.
John Caleb Sanders scored the next five points for Liberty on a jumper and three-pointer to pull the Flames even with Coastal at 24-24. Holloway put the Chants right back ahead with a free throw on the other end, and Greewood converted a fast break layup minutes later to extend the Coastal lead to 27-24.
Liberty turned the ball over on its next possession and Holmes delivered an outlet pass to Holloway for an easy layup to up the lead to 29-24 with 37 seconds left in the half. John Caleb Sanders drained another three-pointer with eight seconds left to pull Liberty within two at 29-27, but Anthony Raffa raced down the floor and hit a layup as time expired to put Coastal ahead 31-27 at the break.
Coastal returns to action Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Chanticleers welcome Winthrop to Kimbel Arena.