Campbell Tops Coastal 81-75
Feb. 7, 2012
CONWAY - Senior forward Eric Griffin scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Tuesday night in leading visiting Campbell to an 81-75 win over Coastal Carolina, giving the Chanticleers their first home loss in conference play this season.
Griffin was supported by three teammates in double figures, as the Fighting Camels improved to 16-11 overall and 10-5 in the Big South. Coastal fell to 17-6 overall and 10-3 in conference, and ended a four-game winning streak.
Campbell finished strong while in contrast Coastal scored just four points in the last 3:19 of the game. Reserve guard Warren Gillis scored on a short put-back to cut Campbell's margin to 73-70, but Trey Freeman and Loren Merthie hit back-to-back 3-pointers to decide the contest, putting the Camels in front 79-70 with less than 2 minutes left. Freeman's trey was especially back-breaking as it came with the shot clock running out.
Senior forward Chris Gradnigo scored 20 points to lead five Chanticleers in double figures. But it was senior reserve guard Dexter Moore who came off the bench to score 12 first-half points as CCU held a slim 34-31 advantage at the break. Moore went on to score a season-high 17 points and his bomb with slightly less than 14 minutes left gave Coastal a 48-37 lead, but it couldn't hold it.
"We just couldn't put the game away when we had the double-digit lead," said Coastal head coach Cliff Ellis. "Our defense needed to step up a little bit better. The last nine minutes of the game they hit some big shots."
Campbell also won the first game of the season, in overtime, marking the first time in three seasons that the Chants were swept in a league series.
Campbell jumped out to a 9-0 start as the Chanticleers searched for answers before they found them in Moore, who was averaging just threee points and playing nine minutes a game before Tuesday. It was Moore's three-point play that put the Chanticleers in front for the first time, 21-20. And Coastal would hold the lead until Griffin punctuated a run with a 3-pointer, giving Campbell a 65-62 lead with 6:40 remaining.
"They played zone and Dexter is a guy we play against zones," said Ellis. "He really gave us a lift."
· Dexter Moore scored season-high 17 points and a season-high four 3-pointers.
· Coastal entered the game 6-0 at home in Big South play with its last lost coming Feb. 22 of last year against UNC Asheville (61-58).
· The two losses to Campbell this year marked the first time Coastal has been swept in a season since dropping four series during the 2008-09 campaign.
· Chris Gradnigo has now scored in double-figures 20 of his 23 games played this season.
· Coastal tied a season-low for free-throw percentage, finishing 8-of-17 (47.1%) for the second time this year (vs. Presbyterian, 1/17)
· Coastal attempted a season-high 23 3-pointers... Previous high was 21 against East Carolina.
Coastal Carolina (17-6, 10-3 Big South) vs. High Point (9-15, 5-9 Big South)
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | Kimbel Arena (1,039)
According to Coastal Carolina records, the Chanticleers hold an 18-12 record in the all-time series that began during the 1978-79 season... Coastal has won the last three games and six of the last seven in the series... Coastal won the only two meetings last season by a combined 42 points... The Chants hold 10-4 record at home in the series... Coastal looks to go 2-0 on the year against the Panthers after escaping with 55-52 victory earlier this year in High Point, N.C.
RADIO: The Coastal Carolina - High Point game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com or WJXY The Team (93.9 FM) with Matt Hogue on the call.
LIVE STATS: Available via GoCCUSports.com
VIDEO STREAM: Available via BigSouthSports.com