January 5, 2008
Coastal Men's Basketball Defeats Susquehanna, 83-72CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina's men's basketball squad ran its non-conference Kimbel Arena winning streak to 20 games with an 83-72 victory over visiting Susquehanna, Jan. 5. With the win, the Chanticleers wrapped up non-conference play for the 2007-08 season to 7-6 while the Crusaders dropped to 4-7.
Coastal got off to an early lead, going up as many as six at 14-8 in the early going but the visitors were determined to stay in the game early on. Susquehanna cut into the lead and actually went ahead once, leading 24-23 with 5:03 to go on Kevin Cuff's jumper. However, the Chants took over for the remainder of the half, going on a 12-1 run over the next four minutes, capped off by a pair of free throws from freshman forward Anthony Breeze, to take a 35-25 lead with just under a minute remaining in the half. SU's Josh Robinson hit a jumper with 38 seconds to go in the half to make the halftime score 35-27 in favor of Coastal.
After the margin was trimmed to six at 39-33 with 18:29 to go, a determined CCU squad made its move, going on a 16-2 run in just 3:26, including four points each from senior guard Everage Richardson, senior forward Phil Wallace and junior guard Mario Sisinni, to push the lead to 19 at 54-35 with just over 15 minutes to play. CCU pushed the lead as high as 22 and led by 17 at 78-61 with 4:06 to play. But the Crusaders would not go away, scoring the next nine points to trim the margin to just eight at 78-70 with 2:13 remaining. Richardson canned a jumper to make it 80-70 just 19 seconds later and SU could not get closer than eight in the final minutes.
Coastal finished the game at a solid 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from the field, including going 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the second half. Susquehanna was limited to just 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the floor. Both teams took advantage of their foul attempts, as CCU knocked down 14-of-18 (77.8 percent), while SU was 12-of-17 (70.6 percent). The Chanticleers had their most dominating rebounding performance of the year, holding a 36-26 advantage on the glass. Richardson tied a career high with 27 points and chipped in four steals and three assists, while Wallace posted his first Coastal double-double in his career with career bests of 17 points (6-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-5 at the free throw line) and 11 rebounds. SU was paced by Josh Robinson's 20 points, while Cuff and Brad Okonak added 18 and 12, respectively. The Chanticleers will remain home for the start of Big South Conference play, opening with a pair of games at Kimbel Arena. Coastal will host Radford, Sat., Jan. 12 at 2 p.m., followed by the VMI Keydets coming to Conway Mon., Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.