CONWAY, SC -- Coastal Carolinas mens basketball squad could not overcome a 28 percent shooting effort in the first half and fell to visiting Radford, 84-75, Feb. 16. With the loss, CCU falls to 12-13 and 7-7 in the Big South Conference, while Radford goes to 12-12 and 7-6 in league.
The two teams went back and forth in the first five minutes of the game with the game tied at seven at the 15:43 mark. Radford then went on an 13-2 run over the next 4:13 to take a 20-9 lead that the Highlanders would never relinquish. RU would build the lead to as many as 19, 34-15 with 6:07 to go in the first half. Coastal, which hit just 8-of-28 in the first half, cut it to 10 late in the first half, but Aaron Gills three-pointer pushed the lead to 13 at the intermission, 44-31.
After Radford pushed the lead back up to 17 at 59-42 with 12 minutes to play, Coastal began chipping away. A 10-2 run by the Chanticleers cut it to 51-42 with 9:07 to go, but Radford made a 10-4 run to make the lead 15 again with 6:23 to play. CCU had one last run, cutting the lead to three on three separate occasions, the last at 75-72 with 2:17 to go. But a late turnover by the Chants and a three-pointer by Whit Holcomb-Faye with 1:16 to play pushed it back to six and Coastal could get no closer down the stretch.
Coastal Carolina was led by senior E.J. Gallup, who scored a career-high 33 points, but was the only Chanticleer in double figures. Gallup hit 12-of-21 from the field, including 7-of-12 from the three-point arc. Radford was paced by Chris Goodin with 18 points, while Chris Oliver chipped in 16 points. Holcomb-Faye added a double-double of 13 points and 13 assists for the Highlanders. Radford hit on 55.6 percent of its shots from the field, including 9-of-18 from the three-point line and 65 percent from the floor in the second half.
Coastal Carolina plays its final road game of the regular season, traveling to UNC Asheville, Sat., Feb. 21. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tipoff and is part of the Big South Conferences television package. Radford returns home to host High Point, Sat., Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.