Jan. 20, 2011
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Desmond Holloway and Anthony Raffa scored 18 points each and Coastal Carolina ran its winning streak to 15 games with a 80-59 victory over UNC Asheville Thursday night from the Justice Center.
The Chanticleers also set a new school record for the most consecutive Big South wins having won 12 straight dating back to last season.
Chad Gray finished with 15 points and tied his career-highs with 12 rebounds and five blocked shots to help the Chants hold a 41-29 edge in rebounds. Sam McLaurin added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Kierre Greenwood finished with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.
J.P. Primm finished with 17 points and six assists to lead the Bulldogs, while Matt Dickey added 10 points and hit a pair of three-pointers.
Coastal Carolina (17-2, 8-0) held a 56-46 lead with 8:38 left to play following a jumper by Holloway, but UNC Asheville quickly cut the lead to six points on back-to-back baskets from Jaron Lane.
The Chanticleers outscored UNC Asheville 24-9 over the final 6:52 and held the Bulldogs to just two field goals during the run. It was the ninth time this season that Coastal had held an opponent to fewer than 60 points.
UNC Asheville shot just 35.8 percent from the field and was 5-for-17 from three-point range. Primm, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer, was held to just 3-for-10 shooting.
Dickey opened the game with a three-pointer that ignited a 9-2 run by UNC Asheville over the first 3:38 of the game, but Coastal Carolina scored the next eight points and held a 10-9 lead following a layup from McLaurin at the 14:12 mark.
Trent Meyer put the Bulldogs ahead 13-12 with just under 12 minutes remaining when he hit a baseline jumper inches inside the three-point line just as the shot clock hit zero. The Chanticleers answered with an 11-0 run over the next 2:46 capped by a layup from Raffa to give Coastal a 23-13 edge.
UNC Asheville (9-9, 4-4) countered with an 8-0 run of its own to pull within two points at 23-21 with just under six minutes to play. But Holloway scored seven points over the final 3:55 to help Coastal take a 37-28 lead into halftime.
Coastal Carolina returns to action Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Chants travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Gardner-Webb from Paul Porter Arena.