Jan. 22, 2014
CLINTON - The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team outscored the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College 47-34 in the second half to take a 84-72 victory on the road. The win marks the second-straight road conference victory for the Chants.
CCU improved to 10-9 overall and 3-2 in conference play while Presbyterian dropped to 4-16 overall and 0-5 in conference.
Junior Josh Cameron had another outstanding performance offensively for the Chants as he scored 24 points on 6-8 shooting including going 5-6 from 3-point range. He nailed 7-9 shots from the charity stripe as well. Junior Warren Gillis and freshman Elijah Wilson each added 17 points to the effort. Gillis was 7-8 from the field with his lone miss coming from 3-point range. He was also 3-6 from the free throw line. Wilson knocked down 7-12 shots including 3-7 from three. Wilson also added five rebounds.
Sophomore Badou Diagne helped the Chants control the boards as he grabbed nine rebounds and scored 15 points. The Chants outrebounded the Blue Hose 33-16. Sophomore Michel Enanga also added five boards.
Coastal’s shots were falling all game but some key turnovers helped PC gain the early advantage. CCU shot 67.5 percent from the field (27-40), 58.8 percent (10-17) from three and 69.0 percent (20-29) from the free throw line. The Blue Hose shot 43.4 percent (23-53) from the field, 48.3 percent (14-29) from three and 80.0 percent (12-15) from the charity stripe.
The Blue Hose took the early advantage thanks to nine CCU first half turnovers. PC jumped out to a 27-18 lead after the first 10 minutes of play. The Chants began to chip away at that lead eventually cutting it to one on a layup from Enanga with 3:12 left in the first. The Blue Hose would not relinquish the lead as they fought off the Chants during the final three minutes of the half. A Diagne layup with 12 seconds left in the period made the score 38-37 in favor of PC heading into the locker rooms.
CCU opened the second half on a 9-0 run powered by a pair of 3-pointers from Cameron and Wilson. The Chants would not trail the rest of the way but the Blue Hose put up a fight. A 6-0 run with 15:01 left in the game cut CCU’s lead to just one but both teams went cold and did not score a basket over the next minute. A free throw by Diagne pushed CCU’s lead to two with 13:52 left and Cameron opened up the lead again with a three at the 13:24 mark.
The Chants built their lead to double-digits on a Uros Ljeskovic free throw with 9:12 left and CCU would hold a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Coastal’s advantage eventually reached a game-high 15 on a Gillis layup with 1:25 to play.
Coastal will return to action this Saturday, Jan. 25 as the team travels to Radford University for another Big South Conference game. The tip-off is set for 2 p.m. The Highlanders are 13-7 overall and 3-2 in Big South action.