Feb. 15, 2014
CONWAY - Freshman guard Elijah Wilson scored eight of his 16 points in the final six minutes to lead a come-from-behind win for Coastal Carolina over Gardner-Webb, 75-60, in a Big South conference game at The HTC Center Saturday night. With his 16 points, Wilson moved his season total to 420 which tied the Coastal Carolina single-season scoring record for a freshman.
Sasser Hall of Fame member Jack Leasure scored 420 points during his freshman season (2004-05) to set the record. Leasure ended his career with 1,893 points and also holds the CCU record for most points scored during a sophomore season (535).
Wilson was one of four players in double figures as the Chanticleers improved to 16-10 overall and 9-3 in the conference. CCU is now 12-0 when having four or more players with double-digit points.
Coastal has now won seven of its last eight games, while Gardner-Webb slipped to 14-13, 7-5, to snap a modest 2-game winning streak. The loss also snapped a five-game road win streak for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Coastal trailed 50-45 before Wilson went to work. His basket with six minutes left put Coastal in front, 54-52. It was the first time the Chanticleers had led since the early minutes of the game. With the score 56-54, Coastal then reeled off 10 straight points to put the game out of reach, leading 66-54, with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Gardner-Webb was led by Donta Harper, who had 16 points, but only six of those in the second half. Tyrell Nelson added 12 points and scored the Runnin' Bulldogs' final basket from the floor with 6:40 left in the game. The Bulldogs managed just eight free throws the rest of the way. They had just seven field goals in the second half as they were out-scored 50-32.
Gardner-Webb had led, 28-25 at the break. There were four lead changes in the first half and neither team led by more than eight points. Gardner-Webb added to its lead by scoring the first six points of the second half.
Coastal is back in action Wednesday night at Winthrop for another key Big South Conference South Division match-up.