Dec. 22, 2011
CONWAY - College of Charleston went 11-of-24 from long range, handing Coastal Carolina back-to-back regular season losses for the first time since last season, falling 77-70 Thursday night in Kimbel Arena.
Coastal (9-3) was last defeated in back-to-back regular season games against College of Charleston and Georgetown Nov. 16 and 18 last season in Charleston, S.C.
Before the opening tip, two Chanticleer players were charged with Class B technical fouls for dunking during pre-game. Andrew Lawrence made 4-of-4 from the foul line to give College of Charleston a 4-0 lead before the opening tip.
College of Charleston extended its early lead at the 17:53 mark after Andrew Lawrence hit a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 9-2. Coastal countered with an 11-2 run, capped off by a Sam McLaurin layup to take its first lead of the game, 13-11, with 13:53 remaining in the half.
The Cougars would answer with a 30-16 run to finish the half after Matt Sundberg nailed a half-court shot before the halftime buzzer, giving CofC its biggest lead of the first half, 41-29.
"They are very good (CofC), that's the best team we will play," said head coach Cliff Ellis. "They put so much pressure on you the way they hit the 3-point shot." The Cougars have made 23 3-pointers over the last two games, hitting a season-high 12 against Louisville on Tuesday night.
CofC would expand the lead to 15 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Scott with 18:49 remaining in the game. Coastal would later find itself trailing by 17 points at the 14:37 mark of the second half. The Chants would go on a 14-2 run that was capped off by a Kierre Greenwood trey, pulling them within five, 52-47, with 10:57 remaining in the game.
After a cutting the lead to four on two separate occasions, Chris Gradnigo would put the Chants within three, 61-58, on a 3-point play with 5:20 left in the game. CofC would answer with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to put them up 71-60. Warren Gillis knocked down a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining but the Cougars would make their free throws, improving to 10-2 on the season.
College of Charleston was charged with only 10 personal fouls while Coastal committed 19 fouls. The Cougars went to the charity stripe 23 times, converting on 18 (78.3%). Coastal would attempt only five free throws, making four of them.
Sundberg would tie career-highs with five 3-pointers and 17 points previously set against Chattanooga on Feb. 2, 2010.
McLaurin recorded his second double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds on 7-of-12 from the field.
Andrew Lawrence had a game-high 18 points while Anthony Raffa had a team-high 17 for the Chanticleers.
Coastal Carolina will be off until Dec. 31 when they travel to High Point for the final game of 2011. First tip against the Panthers is scheduled for 7 p.m.