CONWAY, SC Sophomore forward Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) tallied his third consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the Coastal Carolina men's basketball team to a 93-64 win over visiting Asbury, Nov. 22. With their second consecutive victory and 15th in the last 16 home games, the Chanticleers even their record at 2-2 while the Eagles drop to 5-5 on the year.
Coastal got off to a hot start, scoring the first eight points of the game on a layup by senior forward Moses Sonko (East Greenwich, R.I./Classical) and three-pointers by junior guards Everage Richardson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Washington Irving (Sullivan County CC)) and Jack Leasure (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) to take an 8-0 lead just a minute and a half into the game. The Chants eventually built the lead to 17 at 37-20 with just over five minutes to play in the half. However, the Eagles battled back and trimmed the lead at the intermission, as CCU went into the halftime lockerroom up 44-32.
Asbury continued to battle in the first 10 minutes of the second half as CCU struggled to score from the field. Eventually, the lead was cut to just seven at 51-44 with 12:53 to go in the game. The teams went back forth with baskets with the Coastal advantage at nine, 57-48 with 9:26 remaining. That is when the Chants took over, going on a 22-4 run over the next five minutes to put the game away with a 79-52 lead with just under four mintues to go.
CCU hit on 52.1 percent (37-of-71) of its shots from the floor, including a school-record 16 three-pointers on 31 attempts (51.6 percent), 10 of them in the first half. Asbury was 46.4 percent (26-for-56) from the field, but just 27.8 percent (5-for-18) from the three-point arc. The Chants dominated the glass 45-24, including 21 offensive boards that were converted for 27 points.
Leasure led all scorers with 22 points, 18 of them on three-pointers, while freshman guard Joshua Mack (Hopkinsville, Ky./University Heights) hit a season-best 17 points, including five triples. Derek Bland was the only Eagle in double figures with 21 points.
Coastal Carolina is back in action, Wed., Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., hosting Southern Virginia.