Men's Basketball Falls to North Carolina A&T 72-60 on Final Day of Global Sports Classic
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – North Carolina A&T (4-3) shot 60 percent in the second half on its way to a 72-60 win over the Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (1-5) Nov. 29 on the final day of the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half as the lead changed hands five times. Junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) opened the scoring with a three pointer, but the Aggies scored the next nine points as a Dwane Joshua layup at 14:18 made it 9-3. Coastal Carolina would cut the lead to one on a layup from redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) and three points by sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville). Coastal Carolina took a 15-14 lead on a desperation three from redshirt junior Logan Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn./South Doyle) as the shot clock expired. A&T then went back up three, but a 7-0 Chant run was capped with an Edwards three at 4:27, making it 22-18 Coastal Carolina. The Aggies would score the last five points of the half as a Joshua free throw with 12 seconds left gave A&T a 23-22 lead going into the lockerroom.
Edwards and Harris had six points apiece for Coastal Carolina, while Breeze came off the bench for five points. The Aggies were led by Thomas Coleman’s seven points. Coastal Carolina was 9-of-25 from the floor in the first 20 minutes, shooting 36 percent. North Carolina A&T was 9-of 24 from the field for 37.5 percent.
The Aggies came out of the lockerroom and scored the first six points, as a Julian McClurkin layup at 16:33 gave A&T a 29-25 lead. The Aggies would build a 35-27 lead on back-to-back three’s from Nicholas Wilson. Coastal Carolina would trim the lead to as much as four (41-37) on an Edwards three at 9:53, but the Chants had trouble getting stops on defense. The Aggies got the lead to 49-38 at 8:15 on a Joshua three. Senior Mario Sisinni’s (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) hit two free throws at 6:12, making it 53-47, but A&T bumped the lead back to nine points on a Coleman free throw and a Robert Johnson layup. Joshua’s three-point play at 2:44 gave the Aggies a comfortable 61-49 lead. The Aggies would ice the game with free throws in the last two minutes.
Breeze led Coastal Carolina with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Harris had his third double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and adding 13 rebounds. Edwards was Coastal Carolina’s third player in double figures with 12 points. Edwards and Johnson had four assists apiece.
North Carolina A&T was led by Joshua’s 21 points. The Aggies had four players in double figures, while Johnson and Coleman had seven boards apiece.
Coastal Carolina ended the game shooting 40 percent and outrebounding the Aggies 36-33. North Carolina A&T was 15-of-25 from the field in the second half and was 49 percent from the floor in the game.
Coastal Carolina now plays three games in a row at home, starting with the Big South opener against Presbyterian. Game time is at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Kimbel Arena.
NOTES: Breeze was named to the 10-player Global Sports Classic All-Tournament Team after the Florida State-California game. Breeze averaged 12.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in the four games of the tournament. He scored nine points in the last 2:14 of regulation and in overtime in the 69-60 win over Western Illinois. He also had 15 points in the North Carolina A&T game Nov. 29.
Global Sports Classic All-Tournament Team
Toney Douglas, Florida State (MVP)
Ryan Reid, Florida State
Jerome Randle, California
Patrick Christopher, California
Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati
Joe Darger, UNLV
Thomas Coleman, North Carolina A&T
Anthony Breeze, Coastal Carolina
David DuBois, Western Illinois
Emmanuel Jones, Texas-Pan American