RADFORD, VA Coastal Carolina's men's basketball team wrapped up their most productive regular season with an 84-75 at Radford, Feb. 25. With their 10th consecutive victory, including five consecutive on the road, the Chanticleers moved to 18-9 and 12-4 in Big South play, while the Highlanders are now 16-12 and 9-7 in the conference. Coastal also snapped a 14-game losing streak at the Dedmon Center dating back to 1990-91 and picked up its most wins in league play since the 1992-93 season when the Chants were also 12-4. CCU locked up the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Championship.
Coastal shot 51.1 percent (23-for-45) for the game, but struggled in the second half, shooting just 31.6 percent (6-for-19). Radford hit on 39.4 percent (26-for-66) of its shots from the floor. The Chants outrebounded the Highlanders 36-32, but the difference was the charity stripe. CCU knocked down 80.5 percent (33-for-41) from the line, while the Highlanders were just 65.4 percent (17-for-26) at the free throw line.
All five starters for Coastal finished in double figures, led by guard Pele Paelay's first double-double of the year with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Leasure had 18 points and Stevens had 15. Harris and Sonko each contributed 13. Additionally, Leasure hit three three-pointers in the contest, running his season total to 118 and setting a new Big South record, surpassing Doug Day of Radford's mark of 117. RU was led by Holcomb-Faye with a game-high 27 points, while Bynum and Oliver chipped in 13 and 11 respectively.
Coastal will host the first round of the Big South Championship, Tue., Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Kimbel Arena, taking on No. 7 UNC Asheville. Coastal swept the season series from the Bulldogs this year.