Men's Basketball Falls to Hawai'i 72-65


Men's Basketball Falls to Hawai'i 72-65

Chants lead by 22 in second half, but Rainbow Warriors get hot for win

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The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (0-4) built a 22-point lead with 14:20 left, but the University of Hawai’i (2-0) shot a torrid 66.7 percent in the second half and defeated the Chanticleers 72-65 Nov. 26 at the Stan Sherrif Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Hawai’i jumped out early to built a 4-1 lead on Julian Sensley’s jumper, but Coastal went on a 12-2 run with eight of those points by junior Pele Paelay (Derwood, Md./Magruder). Hawai’i cut the lead to one on a Jeff Blackett jumper at 10:46, but a quick 8-1 run was capped by a three-pointer from freshman Jack Leasure (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) at 7:56. Coastal extended the lead to 11 on a jumper by Colin Stevens (Phoenix, Md./Delany) and a Stevens three-pointer with 51 seconds left gave Coastal a 37-23 halftime lead.

Coastal shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) in the first half, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. The Chants also forced the Rainbow Warriors into 11 turnovers.

Coastal came out strong in the second half as a Leasure jumper at 18:28 gave the Chants a 20-point lead. Leasure hit two more three’s, giving Coastal two different 22-point leads, the last at 14:20. That it when the Rainbow Warriors heated up. A Blackett jumper at 11:46 cut the lead to 15 at 56-41. The advantage was in single figures at 9:40 on a Bobby Nash three and two jumpers by Blackett left Coastal with a 56-51 lead with 8:31 left. Blackett was on fire in the second half as a juper at 6:57 cut the lead to three and two Sensley free throws made it 58-57 at 6:20. Leasure’s sixth three-pointer at 5:05 gave Coastal a four-point lead, but a free throw by Sensley and four points from Blackett, the last at 2:47, gave Hawai’i its first lead since 16:58 of the first half. Blackett hit another jumper at 2:14 for a three-point lead. Two Paelay free throws at 1:51 cut the lead to one, but it was the last points by the Chants, as a three from Nash with 43 seconds left put Hawai’i up 70-65 and put a dagger in CCU’s heart.

Leasure had another career high with 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from three-point range. Paelay had 21 points, 12 in the first half as well as six assists and four steals. Senior Matthijs Reinders (Heerenveen, The Netherlands/OSG Sevenwolden) had a career-high 10 points, while Stevens tied a career-high with 10 points. Coastal shot 47.2 percent from the field and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from three-point range.

Blackett went 9-of-12 from the field with 22 points. He also had eight rebounds and three assists. Sensley added 13 points and eight assists. Hawai’i shot 57.8 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range.

Coastal ends its five-game road trip Sunday, Nov. 28 against Chaminade University. Game time is at 7 p.m. (EST), 2 p.m. (HST).