Men's Basketball Falls to the College of Charleston 70-49


Men's Basketball Falls to the College of Charleston 70-49

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The College of Charleston (5-6) opened the game on a 19-7 run and never looked back in a 70-49 win over the Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (4-5) Dec. 18 in the second game of the Bojangles’ Basketball Bash. The game was played in front of 2,637 fans at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The College of Charleston jumped out to a 10-point lead at 12:54 on a David Lawrence jumper and took a 19-7 lead on a Marcus Hammond layup. Coastal cut the lead to seven (19-12) on a jumper from freshman Joshua Mack, but the Cougars went up 12 at 6:44 on a tip-in from Lawrence. Coastal trimmed the lead to nine on two free throws from Moses Sonko, but the Cougars scored the last four points of the half to take a 36-23 lead to the lockerroom.

The Cougars shot 48.3 percent from the floor in the first half, while the Chanticleers went just 7-of-23 from the floor. David Lawrence led the Cougars with 13 points and six rebounds. Sonko had eight points to lead the Chants. The College of Charleston also had a 22-11 rebounding advantage.

A three from Mack cut the deficit to 41-30 at 16:52, but a 10-1 run by the Cougars extended CofC’s lead to 20 points. The College of Charleston led by as much as 25 points in the second half for its fifth win of the year.

Sonko led Coastal with 14 points and three steals. Mack was the other Chant in double figures with 10 points. Coastal had 14 steals, led by junior Jack Leasure’s four. CCU shot 32.7 percent from the floor and were just 3-of-16 from three-point range.

Lawrence led all scorers with 17 points. Hammond added 11. Jermaine Johnson had nine points and was one shy of a career high with 13 rebounds. The Cougars shot a season high 50 percent from the field and outrebounded the Chants 45-22.

Coastal will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to face Florida State Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.