GWU Snaps Coastal Winning Streak; Chants Still Clinch No. 1 Seed
Feb. 15, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina shot 27.3 percent in the second half and saw its nation-best 22-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in a 59-57 loss to Gardner-Webb at Kimbel Arena.
The Chanticleers shot 6-for-22 from the field in the second half and went the final 6:42 without a field goal.
Brandon Crawford put Coastal Carolina ahead 52-50 with 4:42 left to play on a pair of free throws to give the Chanticleers their final lead of the game. Gardner-Webb answered with a 7-0 over the next 1:18 to take a 57-52 lead on a layup from Stefon Johnson.
Desmond Holloway pulled the Chants to within three points after hitting a pair of free throws with just over two minutes on the clock. After a turnover and a missed shot by Gardner-Webb on its next two possessions, Anthony Raffa drew a foul and hit both free throws to cut the Bulldog lead to 57-56 with 38 seconds left.
Costal Carolina nearly forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play, but the Chanticleers were forced to foul Jon Moore once the ball was in play. Moore hit both free throws and upped the lead to 59-56 with 12 seconds left.
Raffa rushed the ball up the court on the following possession and drew a foul on his way to the basket. Raffa made the second free throw to leave the Chants trailing by two points with six seconds remaining. Coastal Carolina immediately sent Johnson to the free throw line, where he missed the front end of the one-and-one.
Holloway grabbed the rebound and raced down the floor for the game-winning three-point attempt, but his shot fell short and the Chants suffered their first loss since Nov. 18 against No. 9 Georgetown.
Crawford finished with 12 points and five rebounds, while Holloway added 10 points and nine rebounds. Raffa tallied 11 points and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Moore led all scorers with 15 points and hit three 3-pointers. Johnson registered 12 points and nine rebounds, while Laron Buggs had 10 points.
The game featured 14 ties and 12 lead changes and neither team held more than a five-point lead.
The Chanticleers still clinched a share of the regular season title and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming Big South Tournament as second place Liberty fell Tuesday night at VMI.
Coastal Carolina returns to action Thursday night at 7 p.m. when the Chants step out of conference and host North Carolina Central from Kimbel Arena.