Nov. 8, 2013
AKRON, Ohio - The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina fell behind by 20-plus points in both the first and second halves on the road at the University of Akron but the team fought back on both occasions to cut the lead to under-10 but was unable to slow down the Zips. Freshman Elijah Wilson made his college debut with a game-high 15-point performance while hitting four-of-five from the free throw line.
The Zips used a tenacious full court press the entire game that cause a number of issues for CCU’s inexperienced back court. The Chants combined for 20 turnovers that led to 21 Akron points. The Chants defense stood strong forcing 17 Akron turnovers which turned into 15 points for the Chants.
The Zips edged the Chants on the boards 38-37 and used 14 offensive rebounds to convert 17 second-chance points.
Junior Warren Gills scored 11 points while graduate-transfer Eric Smith and junior college-transfer each added nine. Smith led the Chants with three assists and a pair of steals. Senior El Hadji Ndieguene picked up a team-high seven rebounds while scoring three points, Sophomore Tristian Curtis came off the bench to secure five rebounds and four points.
The Chants played 11 players in the game and all but two scored for CCU. The Chants had 10 players play at least 11 minutes in the game with Wilson leading the team with 33 minutes played.
The Zips were led by a quartet of scorers as Quincy Diggs, Jake Kretzer, Demetrius Treadwell and Nick Harney all scored in double-figures. Treadwell led all players with eight rebounds.
CCU shot 39.0 percent (23-59) from the field including 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14). The Zips hit 42.4 percent (25-59) of their shots including 31.8 percent (7-22) from three-point range. Both teams struggled from the free throw line as the Chants hit 61.1 percent (11-18) and the Zips hit 57.7 percent (15-26).
The Zips opened the game with an 11-4 run that was capped by a Reggie McAdams three-pointer. Akron continued to push and eventually opened up a 36-15 lead with 5:37 left in the first half. The Chants responded with a 15-5 run that was capped by a three from Smith that was taken five feet beyond the three-point line. The Chants entered the break down 41-30.
A layup by Smith to open the scoring in the second half cut the Zips lead to nine but Akron would once again go on a run. A 14-0 run midway through the second pushed Akron’s lead to 23 points. With 8:18 to play the Chants used an 11-1 run to cut the Zips’ lead to 10 with 4:29 left. Cameron contributed five points to the run while Wilson had four. A layup by sophomore Michel Enanga cut the lead to eight with 2:15 to play but that would be as close as the Chants would get as free throws down the stretch kept the Zips in control.
Coastal will return to action this Monday at 7 p.m. for their home opener against Guilford College.