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Coastal Carolina Falls to Asheville, 88-81

       

Sam McLaurin moved into first place on Coastal Carolina's blocked shot list with his 143rd career block against Asheville

Sam McLaurin moved into first place on Coastal Carolina's blocked shot list with his 143rd career block against Asheville

Jan. 17, 2012

Box Score

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.