ROCK HILL, SC The Coastal Carolina men's basketball squad bounced back and snapped an eight-game road losing skid with a 64-57 win at defending Big South Conference champion Winthrop, Jan. 24. With their first road win of the season, the Chanticleers advanced to 9-9 and 3-4 in the Big South, while Winthrop fell to 12-5 and 6-1 in league action. Coastal snapped Winthrop's 23-game home winning streak, as well as the Eagles' 24-game conference win streak, dating back to Jan. 5, 2005 when WU lost the Big South opener at Coastal.
Winthrop got on the board first on a three pointer from guard Torrell Martin, but Coastal took it from there. The Chants went on a 14-3 run to take a 14-6 margin with 13:03 to go in the first half. The Eagles fought back, eventually getting the lead back at 20-19 on a pair of Craig Bradshaw free throws. WU eventually pushed the lead to as many as 31-25 with with two minutes to go in the game. However, guard Pele Paelay's three-pointer in the final minute to cut the halftime lead to 31-28 Winthrop.
Coastal hit a solid 50.0 percent (12-for-24) from the field in the opening period, while Winthrop was limited to just 38.5 percent (10-for-26), though the Eagles hit five three pointers. WU also got to the free throw line eight times, canning six, while the Chanticleers hit their only free throw attempt of the half. WU held a slim lead on the boards 15-13 and had outscored Coastal 8-5 off turnovers.
CCU was led by Paelay's 10 points, while guard Colin Stevens tallied seven in the first half. Bradshaw paced the host Eagles with 12, while Martin had nine.
In the second half, it continued to be a classic in the Coliseum, as the largest lead by either team until the end was six. Winthrop led most of the half until Coastal was able to knot the game at 47 with 5:49 to go. The host Eagles pushed it back out to three on a three-pointer by Martin, but Coastal took its first lead of the second half on back-to-back buckets by forward Moses Sonko and forward Chad Ferguson, going up 51-50 with 4:29 to play. Winthrop re-took the lead on a three-pointer by Bradshaw with 3:03 to play, giving the Eagles a 54-53 advantage. With a one-point lead at 55-54, Coastal stopped Winthrop on four consecutive possessions, while guard Jack Leasure canned a jumper and a back-breaking three-pointer on back-to-back trips down the floor to put Coastal up 60-54 with 42 seconds to play. CCU closed the game on an 11-3 run, including going 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the final minute of action.
The Chants hits 50.0 percent (25-for-50) for the game, while the Eagles were held to just 36.5 percent (19-for-52). Winthrop did manage 11 three-pointers, but Coastal won the battle of the boards 31-29. CCU also outscored Winthrop 18-10 off turnovers. The Chanticleers also had the better of it in the paint, posting 24 points to just eight for the host Eagles.
Coastal had four players in double figures, with Stevens and Leasure each scoring 13, while Paelay and Sonko each chipped in 10. Sonko also made it his first career double-double with a career-best 11 boards. Winthrop was paced by Bradshaw and Martin with 18 each.
The Chanticleers return home, Sat., Jan. 27 to host Liberty. Tipoff will be approximately at 4:15 p.m., as the second half of the doubleheader with the CCU women opening against High Point at 2 p.m.