Dec. 12, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team (8-2) won its fourth game in a row with a 91-42 victory over Bridgewater (Va.) (3-4) Dec. 12 in Conway, S.C.
Coastal Carolina shot 54.3 percent (19-of-35) in the first half as the Chants had as much as a 39-point lead at the break. Coastal scored the first eight points of the game, capped by a Sam McLaurin layup at 17:27. Bridgewater then made it 12-7 on a three from Dominic Trawick, but the Chants quickly got the lead back to double digits at 12:09 on a Dexter Moore layup. Coastal made it a 28-7 lead at 8:38 on a Logan Johnson layup and it was 41-11 at 4:38 on a Chad Gray jumper.
Joseph Harris was 6-of-8 from the floor in the first half, scoring 15 points. Gray chipped in with nine, while McLaurin had seven. Mario Edwards had five first-half assists, while Danny Nieman had four helpers in the first 20 minutes.
Coastal shot better in the second half, shooting 16-of-25 for 64 percent from the floor. Kierre Greenwood made it 79-22 at 10:46 on a three-pointer. The Chants ended the game with 53 rebounds and had 23 assists in the win over the Eagles.
Harris had a season-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. Gray had 17 points and six rebounds, while Greenwood and Johnson had eight apiece. Edwards and Nieman both had seven assists in the game and Greenwood and Harris had three steals apiece.
The Chants shot a season high 58.3 percent from the floor and forced 19 Bridgewater turnovers.
Trawick led the Eagles with 21 points, including five three-pointers, and eight rebounds. Bridgewater shot 22.6 percent from the field.
The game was a homecoming from Bridgewater assistant coach Alvin Green, who played for the Chants 2001-05. Eagle head coach Don Burgess also was an assistant coach for the Chants from 2000-02.
Coastal Carolina will head to Statesboro, Ga., to face Georgia Southern Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.