March 7, 2014
CONWAY - Junior guard Josh Cameron scored a team-high 20 points and led a seven-point run to start the second overtime as No. 1 South seed Coastal Carolina survived to defeat No. 5 South seed Charleston Southern, 73-68, in a quarterfinal game of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Men's Basketball Championship, Friday at the HTC Center.
Cameron scored five of his team's points in a 7-0 run to open the second overtime that gave the Chanticleers a 69-62 advantage with two minutes left in the game. The margin was the largest for either team in a game that saw 16 lead changes and 14 ties.
Coastal, which also had three other players in double figures, moved to 19-12 overall and will face the winner of Gardner-Webb and VMI in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3. This is the Chanticleers' first semifinal appearance since 2011 and their 10th in program history.
Junior guard Warren Gillis carried the scoring load with 18 points before he fouled out with two minutes remaining in regulation. Freshman guard Elijah Wilson chipped in 16 points, including 11 of those in the second half. Senior El Hadji Ndieguene grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, helping the Chanticleers total a tournament-record 59 boards as a team.
Charleston Southern, which finished the season at 13-18, was led by junior guard Arlon Harper, who had 21 points. Guards Sheldon Strickland and Matt Kennedy added 19 and 17 points, respectively. Strickland's jumper tied the game at 53-53 at the end of regulation and Harper made the late bucket that sent the game to the second overtime, after being tied at 62-62.
Charleston Southern held a slim 3-point lead in a low-scoring first half. The Buccaneers scored 12 consecutive points to pull in front at 23-17 and finished the first half ahead 25-23. Strickland had the hot hand in the period, scoring 12 of his team's 25 points. He had five points in the 12-point run. At one point Coastal held a 17-9 lead but then went six minutes without a point.
It was the second double-overtime game in Tournament history and first since Winthrop defeated Liberty in two extra sessions in 2001.