Men's Basketball Downed By Canisius, 88-62
More Information: CONWAY, S.C. -- Back on the road, Coastal Carolina's men's basketball team couldn't find its stroke, while host Canisius did and came away with a dominating 88-62 victory, Dec. 15. With the loss, the Chanticleers fell to 4-5 on the year, while Canisius moved to 1-8 on the the season. It was Coastal's 26th consecutive road non-conference loss.
Canisus scored the first five points of the game and extended the league to 11-4 in the first four minutes. Coastal then went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 12-11 just three minutes later. After an exchange of leads, the Chants eventually built a 24-20 advantage with 6:18 remaining in the first half. The Golden Griffins came back to take the lead for good at 28-27 and pushed the margin to a halftime lead of 43-33.
CCU came out the second half and cut into the lead, narrowing the gap to five at 48-43 with 16:27 to go in the game. However, Pawel Malesa hit a three-pointer to spark a 23-5 run over the next eight minutes to put the game out of reach at 71-48 with 8:28 remaining. The lead reached as many 32 during the second half for Canisius.
Coastal was able to hit just 37.5 percent (21-of-56) of its shot from the field, while Canisius canned a season-best 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the floor, including going 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the three-point arc. The Golden Griffins won the battle of the glass 39-31 as well.
Richardson led Coastal with 17 points, while junior guard Mario Sisinni scored a season-high 13 points. Freshman forward Anthony Breeze was the only other Chant in double figures with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Canisius was paced by Malesa with a career-high 25 points, including tying a school record with seven three-pointers. Frank Turner added 17 and Jovan Robinson chipped in 14.
CCU will play return home to finish a home-and-home series with UNC Wilmington, Wed., Dec. 19. Tip-off at Kimbel Arena is set for 7 p.m.