MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. -- The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team started out well but couldn't hold on, eventually losing at Minnesota, 75-57. With the loss, CCU fell to 1-3 on the young season, while Minnesota moved to 3-2.
The Chanticleers got out to a good start on the road, with senior guard Pele Paelay hitting a three-pointer on CCU's first possession. The teams exchanged leads early before Coastal started to put a streak together, with its first five made baskets all three pointers and CCU had a 15-11 lead. Coastal eventually built it to 26-16 with 7:02 to play in the first half. However, the Golden Gophers responded, going on a 20-0 run over 6:21 and went into the halftime lockerroom with a 38-28 Minnesota advantage.
Minnesota continued the surge early in the second half, building the lead to 20 at 53-33 with 11:23 to go in the game and as many as 23. Coastal would continue to battle throughout the final stanza and cut the margin to 16 on four separate occasions, but could get no closer.
The Chants hit just 40.7 percent (22-for-54) from the field, while the Gophers were 54.2 percent (26-for-48) from the floor and outrebounded the visitors 32-26. Coastal also went to the free throw line just six times, while UM was 19-for-27 from the charity stripe.
Paeley led all scorers with 23 points, while sophomore Jack Leasure was the only other Chant in double figures with 14. Minnesota had four players in double figures, led by Dan Coleman with 14, while J'son Stamper and Spencer Tollackson who recorded 13 points each.
Coastal will take the next week off for final exams and return to the floor Sun., Dec. 11, hosting Jacksonville at Kimbel Arena at 5 p.m.