ROCK HILL, S.C. Greg Lewis scored 33 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to
lead the Winthrop Eagles to a 100-74 Big South Conference victory Monday night over Coastal Carolina. It marked the first time that Winthrop has hit the century mark during head coach Gregg Marshall's four-year tenure.
The win kept Winthrop's hopes alive for a regular season Big South championship. With one regular season game remaining, the Eagles are now 9-4 in the league and 15-11 overall. Coastal Carolina saw its record drop to 5-8 in Big South play and 8-18 overall.
Lewis connected on 15 of 21 field goals to lead Winthrop's 59 percent shooting attack. As a team the Eagles were 38 of 64 from the floor, including 9 of 20 three-pointers. With Lewis tying his season high of 16 rebounds, Winthrop also won the battle of the boards 47-32.
Joining the Winthrop senior in double figures were Tyrone Walker with 17, Marcus Stewart, 12, and Pierre Wooten, 11. Wooten also dished out six assists in the game. Coastal Carolina also placed four players in double figures with Derrick Robinson leading with 13. Brandon Newby scored 12 while Justin Burton and Kelvin Coggins had 10 each.
Winthrop got out of the gate fast as it took a 24-11 lead in the opening nine minutes as Lewis had 11 and Walker scored nine. The Eagles led 47-33 at halftime as they shot 63 percent (19-30) in the opening half.
After Coastal trimmed the deficit to 47-38 with 17:24 remaining in the game on a free throw by Antonio Darden, but Winthrop went back up by 17 at 65-48 with 13:06 left when Alex English scored on a drive. Winthrop's largest lead was 29 at 99-70 with 45 seconds left when Ivan Jenkins connected on a 3-pointer.
Coastal will play its final regular season game of the 2001-2002 season on Saturday, February 23, when the Chanticleers host Charleston Southern University at 7:00 p.m. It will be the second game of a double-header as the Lady Chanticleers will also play Charleston Southern at 5:00 p.m.