BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- The Coastal Carolina mens basketball team (0-2) lost their second straight road game to open the 2006-07 season, falling to host Campbell (2-0), 83-63, Thursday, Nov. 16. Sophomore Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) led the Chanticleers with a double-double, scoring a career-high 14 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, and adding a career-high three blocked shots.
The Chanticleers took a quick lead going up by seven within the first three minutes of the game. Junior Jack Leasure (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) put the Chants on the board hitting a three to get a quick CCU lead. The first few minutes were back-and-forth down the court, with both teams feeling each other out.
Coastal built the largest lead of the first half at the 11:52 mark, going up by nine at 19-10, on jumper by Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County). The Chants fought back the charge until 7:25 remained in the half and Coastal led 25-20. For the next 6:10, CCU was held scoreless as the Camels took control of the game with a 17-0 run, including taking the lead for good at 27-25 when Jonathan Rodriguez was fouled on a break away and converted the three-point play. The first half ended with Campbell guard Ledell Eackles hit a three-pointer from 30 feet out at the buzzer to go up 40-27 going into the break.
The second half started out with both teams trading baskets and fould with the Camel lead staying around 10 until the 14:21 mark when the Chants got within seven points at 47-40 when senior Moses Sonko (East Greenwich, R.I./Classical) layed the ball in after freshman guard Joshua Mack (Hopkinsville, Ky./Univeristy Heights) dumped him the ball from the top of the key. However, Campbell scored the next four points to push it back to 11 and went on a 13-5 run to make it a 15-point margin with 8:56 to go. Coastal hnng around but couldnt get the lead back below double figures the remainder of the game.
Coastal was 43.3 percent (26-for-60) from the field, while Campbell hit on 45.6 percent (26-for-57) from the floor. CCU was outrebounded 36-33, but the real difference was at the free throw line, where the Camels hit on 25-of-29 attempts, 86.2 percent, as compared to CCU going to the line just nine times and hitting four.
Leasure led all scorers with 19 points, including five three-pointers, while Harris was the only other Chanticleer in double figures. Campbell had five players in double figures, led by Rodrigues with 17, while Russ Gibson and Eackles each added 14.
Coastal gets back on the floor quickly, as the Chants return to Conway for their home opener against Wright State, Sun., Nov. 19. Tipoff at Kimbel Arena is set for 2 p.m.sss