CONWAY, S.C. -- Senior guard Everage Richardson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Washington Irving (Sullivan County CC)) scored 15 of his career-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Coastal Carolina men's basketball team to a solid 85-45 win over Anderson in Kimbel Arena, Nov. 21. WIth the victory snapping a two-game skid, the Chanticleers moved to 3-2 on the year, while the visiting Trojans dropped to 1-2.
Coastal got off to a good start as senior guard Jack Leasure (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) canned a three-pointer to open the game, kicking off a 21-6 run over the first eight-and-a-half minutes for the Chanticleers. CCU built the first half margin to as many as 16 points and no fewer than 12 points, converting 10 Anderson turnovers in 12 points. The Chants were outrebounded in the first half by a 21-16 margin but were solid from the floor at 48.4 percent (15-of-31) to head into the halftime break with a 38-24 advantage.
The Trojans got the first basket of the second half on a three-pointer by Brandon Young to trim the margin to 11 but that was as close as they would get, as CCU went on an 8-0 run over the next 3:35 to take a 19-point lead at 46-27 with 15:08 to go in the game. Anderson replied with a 7-2 run of its own over the next two minutes to make it 48-34. However, another major surge by the Chanticleers, this time a 16-0 run over the next four-plus minutes put the game out of reach at 64-34 with 8:46 remaining. CCU cleared the bench during the final four minutes, building the lead to as many as 43 before getting the 40-point win.
Coastal shot 54.0 percent (34-of-63) from the floor, including 42.3 percent (11-of-26) behind the three-point line. CCU also won the board battle for the first time this season, 41-34 including 25-13 in the second half. The Chants gave up a season-low 12 turnovers while forcing 20 Anderson turnovers and turning those into 31 points, while outscoring the Trojans on the fast break, 23-0. Anderson hit just 31.0 percent (18-of-58) of its shots and just 23.5 percent (4-of-17) at the three-point arc.
Richardson led all scorers, hititng 8-of-14 from the field and also adding a career-best four steals. Freshman forward Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) tallied 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and had a pair of blocked shots, while Leasure and junior guard Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) each chipped in 12. Sophomore guard Joshua Mack (Hopkinsville, Ky./University Heights) led CCU in rebounding with six and dished out four assists, while junior forward Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) handed out a career-high six assists.
Anderson was led by Young, who was the only Trojan in double figures with 13. Forward Stephen Cobb chipped in nine while no other AU player had more than five.
CCU heads back on the road for a swing through Louisiana and Texas, starting at McNeese State, Sat., Nov. 24 with a revised game time of 1 p.m. due to the Cowboys hosting a first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game. The trip concludes at Houston, Mon., Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.