Strong First Half Propels Chants to Victory over Charleston Southern
CONWAY - The Chanticleers' 40 points in the first half of Tuesday night's game against Charleston Southern marked the second-highest total against a Division I opponent this season, and led Coastal Carolina (12-14, 6-11) to a 65-51 victory over the visiting Buccaneers (5-21, 1-16) at The HTC Center.
The Chants' highest first-half total this season were the 47 points in the opening frame of Coastal's 90-63 win over IPFW on Nov. 25.
Coastal had three players score in double figures, led by the 21 points of AJ Jordan. The senior guard also added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Freshman Jas Adams shot lights out from 3-point range, knocking down six of her seven attempts to close the game with 18 points. Alexis Robinson missed a double-double by one rebound, but still led the Chants in the category, and checked in as Coastal's third leading scorer with 14 points.
CSU's Tatum Jarvis paced the Bucs with 12 points, followed by the 10 apiece from both Monique Maximilien and Alecia Hardy. The majority of Hardy's work was done from the free throw line, where she handled 11 of the Buc's 13 attempts, and converted eight.
The Chants and Bucs traded baskets in the early going, but Coastal strung together two significant runs in the first to build a 40-21 lead at the half.
Trailing by one just four minutes in, Ced Gibson sent a beautiful bounce pass through the paint to Robinson who finished the play to give Coastal the lead. Adams followed with her first of three treys in the opening half to put Coastal up 13-11, and a pair of jumpers from Jordan and Gibson extended the Chants' lead to six. Adams capped the 12-2 run with her second 3-pointer to give Coastal a 20-11 lead with 12:31 left in the half.
Charleston Southern managed to cut into Coastal's lead over the next five minutes, but the Chants finished the final 7:35 of the half outscoring the Bucs 15-4. Jordan led with eight points during that span, while Adams drained her third 3-pointer and Robinson sunk four free throws.
Coastal's shooting percent dropped from 51.9 percent in the first half to 32.1 percent in the second, but the Chanticleer defense held CSU to shooting 33.3 percent in the closing 20 minutes to help protect the lead. Also protecting Coastal's lead was Adams, whose hot hand drained three more shots from distance to lead the Chants with nine points in the half. Coastal's largest lead of the night came at 13:53 of the second when Adams hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game to put the Chants up 23.
For the third straight game the Chants were outstanding from the free throw line, making all but one of their 14 attempts. Robinson led the way going 8-8, while Jordan made 3-4 and Anna Vogt converted both of her attempts.
Coastal finished the night out-rebounding Charleston Southern 44-28, and topped the Bucs in points in the paint (20-16), second chance points (13-7) and bench points (22-16).
Coastal now heads to Winthrop to play the first half of its final road trip this season. The Chants and Eagles tip at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Winthrop Coliseum.