Sisinni's Last-Second Shot Lifts Men's Basketball over High Point 70-68
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior Mario Sisinni’s (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) three-pointer with eight seconds remaining turned a one-point deficit into a 70-68 win for the Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (10-14, 4-8 Big South) over High Point (6-17, 2-11 Big South) Feb. 7 in High Point, N.C. It is Coastal Carolina’s second road win of the season and first in Big South play.
High Point took a 68-64 lead with 1:32 left on a layup from Steadman Short. Coastal Carolina would score the final six points, starting with a layup from redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) with 1:13 left. After Harris’ make, he forced a charge on David Singleton, giving the Chants the ball back. Redshirt junior Logan Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn./South Doyle) was fouled with 19 seconds left, but he missed both free throws. On the second miss, redshirt freshman Jon Pack (Dallas, Ga./East Paulding) grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Pack was hurt on the play and senior Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) came in to shoot free throws. He made the first, but missed the second. High Point got the rebound and Cruz Daniels was fouled by Harris. Daniels missed the first half of a 1-and-1, setting up Sisinni’s heroics from the right corner. High Point had a look with one second left, but Nick Barbour’s shot was short.
The first half was a scoring battle between freshman Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Hargrave Military) and High Point’s Barbour. Moore was 7-of-10 from the field and hit five three-pointers for 19 points in the first half. Barbour was 7-of-8 from the floor and also had five threes for 22 points. Barbour scored High Point’s first nine points on three’s, but the Chanticleers took a 14-11 lead at 15:41 on a jumper from redshirt junior Logan Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn./South Doyle). Moore’s fourth triple of the night gave the Chants a 20-13 lead, their largest of the half. High Point came right back on a 7-0 run as Daniels layup with 9:48 tied the game at 20. High Point then took a 25-24 lead at 7:45 on a Barbour three. Coastal Carolina held its last lead of the half at 6:56 on a Pack dunk, but High Point answered with an 8-0 run as Jacob Iati’s three at 4:53 gave the Panthers a 33-26 lead. High Point led by as much as eight points in the first half, but Moore’s layup with 1:03 left made the Chant deficit four (41-37) at the break.
Coastal Carolina came out in the second half and went on a 7-2 run, capped by a Sisinni layup at 18:29. High Point would lead by as much as five (51-46) with 15:47 left, but the Chants answered with back-to-back three’s from Sexton, giving the Chanticleers a 53-51 lead. Coastal Carolina led 58-55 on a Moore free throw at 9:57, but a 6-0 run was capped by a Short layup at 6:46. A Manny Harris three at 5:38 made it 64-60 High Point, but layups from Pack and Johnson tied the game at 64 with 4:49 left.
Moore ended the game with a career-high 23 points, going 8-of-15 from the field and hitting six three-pointers. He also had three steals on the night. Harris had his 13th double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Sexton and Johnson had 10 points apiece. Barbour had 32 points, going 10-of-16 from the field and going 5-of-8 from three-point range. Daniels had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds, while David Singleton had six assists.
Coastal Carolina shot 43.1 percent from the floor and made 10 three-pointers. The Chants assisted on 19 of the 28 field-goals, as Harris and Johnson had four assists apiece. High Point was 25-of-60 from the field, shooting 41.7 percent. The Panthers outrebounded Coastal Carolina 45-33, but had 16 turnovers, compared to nine for the Chants.
Coastal Carolina concludes the three-game road trip Monday, Jan. 9 at Radford. Game time is at 7 p.m.