Dec. 29, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team (12-2) won its eighth straight game and wrapped up a perfect December with a 76-64 win over Georgia Southern (3-11) Dec. 29 in Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina now is 12-2 heading back into Big South Conference play.
The Chants started on fire from three-point range, taking a 9-4 lead at 17:29 on a three from Mario Edwards. The lead extended to 12-4 on a three-point play from Kierre Greenwood. Georgia Southern would answer that run with an 8-0 spurt, capped by a free throw from Cameron Baskerville at 12:18 to tie the game at 12. Coastal then went on a 9-0, as layups from Joseph Harris and Danny Nieman gave the Chants a 21-12 lead at 9:20. Chad Gray's dunk at 6:42 gave Coastal a 28-16 lead. Colby Wohlleb hit a three at 5:30 for GSU, cutting the Chant lead to 28-21, but a three from Niemand and a Gray layup gave the Chants a 33-21 lead at 4:06. Coastal took a 35-25 lead at the break as the Chants' Jon Pack and GSU's Antonio Hanson traded buckets in the final minute.
Gray had eight first-half points for the Chants, while Edwards had two three-pointers. For Georgia Southern, Krzysztof Janiszewski had eight points, while Tyler Troupe grabbed five rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Coastal shot an even 50 percent in the first half and went 6-of-11 from three-point range.
Coastal scored the first five points of the second half on a Harris layup and a three from Gray, but Georgia Southern eventually cut the lead to single digits as Wohlleb's three at 13:19 made it 45-36. Coastal answered that with a 6-0 run of its own, capped by a free throw from Gray at 12:15. Georgia Southern would light it up from three in the second half, as three straight from beyond the arc cut the Coastal lead to six (53-47). Ben Drayton's layup at 9:00 made it 54-49 Coastal, but that would be as close as the Chants would get. Two free throws from Gray at 5:51 made it 66-52. Georgia Southern would cut the lead to eight at 3:56 on a Willie Powers jumper, but four free throws from Gray and Edwards brought the lead back to double digits for the duration of the game.
Gray had 24 points, the same number he had in the first meeting against Georgia Southern. He also had seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Edwards added 13 points and Logan Johnson had six rebounds and six assists.
For Georgia Southern, Drayton had 17 points and, nine of which came off three-pointers. Wohlleb was 5-of-11 from three-point range for 15 points. Drayton also had six assists.
Coastal Carolina outrebounded Georgia Southern 33-32 and had 18 assists compared to just eight turnovers. Coastal also had 38 points in the paint.
The Chants shot 50.9 percent for the game, the ninth time this season the Chants have shot over 50 percent. Georgia Southern shot 44.4 percent and was 9-of-21 from three-point range.
Coastal ends the month of December a perfect 7-0, the first time in school history the Chants have had an unblemished final month of the year.
The Chants host Winthrop in a Big South Conference matchup Saturday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m., in Kimbel Arena.