Winthrop Downs Coastal Carolina 67-57


Charles Ashford

Feb. 11, 2012

Box Score

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop went on an 18-1 run and held Coastal Carolina without a field goal for nine minutes as the Eagles defeated the Chanticleers 67-57 Saturday afternoon at Winthrop Coliseum.

Coastal held an early six-point lead but the Winthrop offense would use six first-half 3-pointers while taking advantage of nine Chanticleer first-half turnovers to finish the period on a 10-1 run. The Chants would commit four turnovers during that stretch.

Coastal found itself down 47-28 before Anthony Raffa made a layup at the 14:50 mark of the second half, breaking a nine-minute field goal drought as Winthrop completed its 18-1 run. Coastal would score five unanswered points to pull within 14 with 13 minutes left. After trailing by 22, Coastal would cut the lead to eight in the waning seconds but Winthrop hit a pair of free throws to preserve the double digit lead.

Coastal jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, extending the margin to six on a Chris Gradnigo baseline jumper at the 14:36 mark. Winthrop answered with eight straight points that included a pair of 3-pointers to take its first lead of the game, 13-11, with more than 12 minutes to play in the first half.

Coastal regained the lead 18-14 on a 3-point play from Warren Gillis and a pair of jumpers from Raffa at the 10-minute mark. The Eagles would follow with an 8-0 run giving them a four-point lead.

Sam McLaurin and Dexter Moore were the only Chants to post double figures with 12 and 10, respectively. Moore started his first game of the year and scored in double-digits for the second time in three games.

With Danny Nieman out with a hip injury, Charles Ashford stepped up to score nine points – a career-high at Coastal – on 4-of-6 from the field while adding one theft in 22 minutes of action.

The Eagles were led by Andre Jones with 15 points on 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. He also tied for a game-high eight rebounds with three other players.

The Chants dropped their third straight game for the first time since 2009 while Winthrop avenges a pair of losses from Coastal last year.

Coastal Carolina returns home on Tuesday, Feb. 14 when they play league-leading UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. in Kimbel Arena.



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