Men's Basketball Falls to Cincinnati 82-56 in the Global Sports Classic
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (0-4) fell to Cincinnati (4-0) 82-56 Nov. 24 in round two of the Global Sports Classic in Cincinnati, Ohio. Coastal Carolina trailed by just eight points at the half, but a 17-0 run by the Bearcats to start the second half spurted UC to its fourth straight win.
Much like the game at Florida State on Saturday, the Chanticleers got off to a good start. Senior Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) hit a three-pointer at 15:52, giving Coastal an 11-8 lead. The lead grew to four (17-13) at 13:27 on a layup from redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune). Junior Mario Edwards’ (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) fastbreak layup extended the lead to 19-13 at 13:00, but a Rashad Bishop three and a layup from Dion Dixon brought it to 19-18 Chants at 11:58. Sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) made it 21-18 on a layup, but a run of three straight three-pointers, capped by a Deonta Vaughn triple at 9:35, gave the Bearcats a 27-21 lead. Coastal Carolina would cut that lead to two on buckets from senior Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) and Harris, but Cincinnati would extend the lead to as much as 13 points at 1:56 on a Vaughn three. Coastal Carolina scored the final five points of the half as redshirt freshman Jon Pack (Dallas, Ga./East Paulding) made a layup and freshman Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Hargrave Military) hit a three at 59 seconds, making it 45-37 at half.
Pack led the Chants with eight first-half points, while Harris added seven. Coastal Carolina shot 53.3 percent from the floor with both teams grabbing 16 rebounds. Cincinnati was 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) from the field and 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from three-point range. Vaughn had 11 points, with Larry Davis adding eight.
Coastal Carolina would miss its first 12 field-goal attempts to start the second half. The Bearcats built a 20-point lead on a dunk from Yancy Gates at 14:16 and ended the run on a Darnell Wilks layup at 11:49, giving UC a 62-37 advantage. Harris ended the scoring drought with two free throws at 11:32 and Moore hit Coastal Carolina’s first field goal at 9:33. Moore had 12 points in the second half, including a three pointer with 24 seconds left in the game.
Moore led Coastal Carolina in scoring with 17 points. He had three three-pointers and seven field goals. Harris and Breeze had nine points apiece for Coastal Carolina, while Breeze led the Chants with 10 rebounds. Coastal Carolina shot 38.3 percent from the field, including going 7-of-30 in the second half.
The Bearcats were led by Vaughn’s 17 points. Davis added 14 points. Anthony McClain had seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Cincinnati shot 53.2 percent and was 11-of-23 from three-point range.
The Global Sports Classic now will move to the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Coastal Carolina faces Western Illinois Friday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. PST.
- Coastal Carolina now has four players averaging in double figures in scoring (Harris 11.8, Moore 11.0, Breeze 10.8, Edwards 10.0)
- Breeze collected double figures in rebounding for the second time in his career. He had 12 rebounds at Charleston Soutehrn March 1, 2008
- Pack had five offensive rebounds to go along with tying his career high of eight points.
- Cincinnati becomes Coastal Carolina's second opponent to shoot over 50 percent from the floor.
- Sisinni has had four or more assists in three of the four games this season.