Jan. 17, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - J.P. Primm scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as Asheville topped Coastal Carolina, 88-81 Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena.
Coastal trailed UNC Asheville 47-38 at the half after the Bulldogs connected on six 3-pointers while making 13-of-14 from the foul line.
Following a Jeremy Atkinson basket to start the second half Asheville held its largest lead of the night, 49-38. The Chanticleers would not go away quietly, converting on three Asheville turnovers for a 13-2 run, knotting the game at 51-51 with 14:48 remaining. Jon Pack scored five points and Danny Nieman would nail one of his three 3-pointers during the run to tie the game for the first time in over 20 minutes.
The game wouldn't stay tied long as Asheville countered with a 9-0 run capped off by a crucial foul call on Kierre Greenwood, having to play the last 12:45 of the game with four fouls. Coastal would pull within five on a Sam McLaurin layup with 11:02 left but that would be the closest the Chants would come the rest of the night.
With 4:37 remaining in the game McLaurin swatted a Jeremy Harn layup attempt to pass Joseph Harris for first place on Coastal Carolina's all-time career blocked shots list with 143. McLaurin finished with a team-high 17 points and six rebounds on 7-of-9 from the field.
Pack grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds while also recording a career-high five assists. He would also add a season-high 14 points on 6-of-9 from the field.
Coastal opened the game to an early 10-7 lead at the 16:10 mark of the first half before Asheville went on a 20-6 run to build its first 11-point lead with 8:55 remaining in the period. The Chants would pull back within three on a layup from Anthony Raffa but were held scoreless for the final 2:53 of the half.
Asheville (13-6) improves to 8-0 in the Big South Conference, taking a two-game lead over Coastal Carolina (13-5, 6-2) at the halfway point of the Big South schedule. The Bulldogs have defeated the Chanticleers three-straight games and are off to their best start to conference play since starting the 1997-98 campaign, 8-0.
Asheville made a season-high 31 free throws on 33 attempts (93.9%) while Coastal only attempted 14 foul shots converting on nine of them (64.3%).
The Chants held a 36-26 advantage on the glass and shot 50.8% compared to Asheville's 49.0%. Coastal has still not allowed a team to shoot fifty percent or better this season.
Coastal was called for three fouls on three-point attempts that resulted in 10 points for the Bulldogs.
The Chanticleers return home to host Radford for a Saturday matinee on Jan. 21. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Kimbel Arena.