Men's Basketball Falls to Chaminade 70-61


Men's Basketball Falls to Chaminade 70-61

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The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (0-5) ended its five-game, nine-day road trip with a 70-61 loss to Chaminade University (3-3) Nov. 28 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Coastal struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting only 26.7 percent from the floor and 1-of-13 from three-point range. Coastal had a 12-11 lead at the 10:50 mark, but Chaminade went on a 18-6 run to end the first half. The Silverswords had four three-pointers in the first half, while Chris Reaves had nine points. Junior Pele Paelay (Derwood, Md./Magruder) had six points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Chaminade built a 19-point lead at 46-27 with 11:54 left on two free throws from Corey Campbell. But Coastal went on a run and cut it to six at 53-47 on a jumper from freshman Jack Leasure (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit) at 5:35. Dylan McCune hit a huge three that cut the momentum at 3:50, giving the Silverswords a 58-47 lead. Chaminade then hit six free throws in the last 1:51 to ice it.

Coastal was led by junior Colin Stevens (Phoenix, Md./Delany), who had a career-high 22 points. Paelay had 15 points and a career high 16 rebounds. Senior Clint Nagel (Loveland, Ohio/Moeller) added 11 rebounds.

Reaves had 17 points to lead Chaminade. The Silverswords had four players in double figures, while Zach Whiting lead CU with 11 rebounds.

Both teams struggled from the floor, as Coastal shot 36.4 percent, 19.2 from three-point range. Chaminade went 35.9 percent from the floor, but hit nine three's compared to five for Coastal.

The Chanticleers open their home schedule Saturday, Dec. 4, against Eastern Kentucky. Game time is at 7 p.m.