Men's Basketball Loses at Georgetown
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team battled throughout the game but came up short in a 81-68 loss to Georgetown at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., Nov. 25. With the loss, CCU falls to 1-2, while the Hoyas advanced to 3-0.
The game was an early trade of baskets, as Coastal and Georgetown traded leads eight times in the opening five mintues of play. Coastal broke on top with a 6-0 run to lead 14-10 and had three consecutive three-point attempts to push the lead to seven but could not convert. The Hoyas came back with an 8-0 run over the next 3:04 to take an 18-14 lead. However Coastal battled back to trade leads six more times in the opening stanza until a five-point burst late in the half gave Georgetown a 33-28 lead late in the half. E.J. Gallup then stole the ball in the closing seconds of the half and went the length of the court for a layup, leaving the Chants down just three at the intermission, 33-30.
Georgetown opened the second half with another run, pushing the lead to 12 at 48-36 less than four minutes into the second half. But the Chants never folded, chipping at the lead until they got it down to one on three separate occasions, the latest on a Brandon Newby layup to make it 60-59 with 5:04 to play in the game. However, CCU could not get the lead and the Hoyas scored on three straight possessions to build an eight-point lead that could not be overcome. Coastal tried to close the gap, but Georgetown hit their foul shots down the stretch to seal the victory.
Senior guard Brandon Newby led Coastal with 16 points, while Gallup and senior center Mihai Raducanu each added 12. Georgetown had four players in double digits, led by Ashanti Cook and Gerald Riley with 16 points each. Darrel Owens had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoyas. One major impact on the game was a severe foul discrepancy, as Coastal was whistled for 17 more fouls, leading to 24 additional free throws for the Hoyas, who hit 80.0 percent from the charity stripe for the night.
Coastal will next be in action Sat., Nov. 29, as the Chants wrap up the road trip by traveling to Greenville, N.C. to take on East Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.