Second Half Foils Chanticleers At Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. - After leading by as many as 17 in the first half, the Coastal Carolina men's basketball team could not maintain its momentum as Ole Miss outscored the Chanticleers by 16 in the second period to rally for a 71-68 victory Thursday evening at the Rebels' Tad Smith Coliseum.
Ole Miss, trailing 41-28 at halftime, used a decisive 15-2 run midway through the second half to take a lead it would never surrendered with 8:21 to play. Coastal clawed back into the game at the free-throw line, knotting the game at 66 after six straight freebies. Ole Miss then regained a two-point lead with 56 second to play on the ensuing passion.
After a Chanticleer timeout, Coastal's Josh Cameron appeared to give the Chants a one-point lead with 39 seconds reaming; however, his 3-pointer from the right wing was waved off due to an illegal screen. The Rebels would go on to secure the 71-68 victory at the free-throw line.
Elijah Wilson and Shivaughn Wiggins had 19 points apiece for the Chants (8-3). Cameron added 15 points off the bench for the Chanticleers, who finished 22-of-43 from the field for a season-high 51.2 shooting percentage. The Chants also connected on a season-high 10 3-pointers with five coming from Wilson.
LaDarius White led Ole Miss offensively with a career-high 26 points. Jarvis Summers and Stefan Moody added16 and 11 points, respectively, for the Rebels (7-3), combining for five free throws in the final 56 seconds to preserve the win.
Ole Miss was 23-of-46 (50.0 percent) from the field, including 9-of-24 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range. The Rebels were 16-of-19 from the foul line, including a decisive 10-of-12 in the second half.
The opening minutes of the game played out like a 3-point shooting contest as the teams traded a combined nine threes over the first eight minutes, but it was Coastal who came out ahead with 19-12 lead. The Chants then went on a 14-6 run to take a 35-18 lead with 5:33 to play before the half. The Chanticleer run was highlight by Wiggins, who scored nine CCU's final nine points of the streak on a pair of layups, a mid-range jumper and a 3-pointer in transition after coming away with a steal.
Badou Diagne scored inside, while Cameron connected on his second three of the game and Wiggins sank one at the line to tally the teal-clad Chants' final six points of the period and provide the 41-28 halftime advantage.
Coastal connected on 16-of-24 shot attempts in the half for a season-best 66.7 shooting percentage at the break. The Chants also controlled the boards with a 14-9 advantage and outscored the Rebels 12-6 in the paint. Ole Miss shot 39.1 percent in the stanza with five made twos and four threes.
Coastal Carolina continues its calendar-year ending four-game road swing at Central Arkansas on Sunday, Dec. 21. Tipoff at the Bears' Farris Center is set for 12:30 p.m. CT. Coastal then breaks for the Christmas holiday before rounding out 2014 with its Big South Conference opener at High Point on Dec. 31.