Coastal Carolina Recap

23 Dec

Sophomore Anthony Stitt (Charlotte, N.C.) scored a season-high 22 points as the College of Charleston rolled over Coastal Carolina, 60-51, in non-conference holiday basketball action held on Dec. 22 at TD Arena.

The Cougars (7-4) put together back-to-back home wins after defeating Old Dominion on Dec. 18. Coastal Carolina (4-6), who were just three days removed from a 23-point victory over Clemson on Dec. 19, never led in the contest and trailed by as many as 22 points late in the second half of play.

Charleston’s defense limited Coastal Carolina to 38.3 percent shooting (18-of-47) and outrebounded the Chanticleers, 37-28.

Stitt’s 22 points were due to effective outside shooting as he hit three three-pointers and made aggressive moves in the lane. Stitt knocked down a career-high seven free throws on nine attempts and shot 66.6 percent from the floor. He also dished out a season-high seven assists and had a steal.

Redshirt junior Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) played well in the paint, snatching a game-high four offensive rebounds and scoring eight points. He helped CofC hold an 11-6 edge in second-chance points.

Junior reserve Nori Johnson (Greer, S.C.) had eight points with two treys, and senior Andrew Lawrence (London, England) tallied seven points, three assists and three steals. Sophomore big man Adjehi Baru (Abidjan, Ivory Coast) tied a career high with three blocks to go along with five boards and four points.

The Chanticleers were paced by Kierre Greenwood’s 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. El Hadji Ndieguene scored 14 points and had three rebounds. Big South Conference leading scorer Anthony Raffa and sophomore starting guard Warren Gillis were both held to zero points in the game.

Neither team was especially efficient at the beginning of the game as both squads went nearly five minutes without scoring from the 17:10 minute mark to 12:22. Three-pointers from Stitt and Lawrence built a nine-point CofC lead at 15-6 with 10:10 remaining in the half. Coastal cut the lead to six points (18-12) after an elbow jumper from Ndieguene with 7:01 remaining.

However, the Cougars clamped down on defense and allowed just three points over the next six minutes. Greenwood and Ndieguene each hit shots in the final minute to cut the Cougars’ lead to 26-19 at halftime.

CofC pulled away in the second frame thanks to five three-pointers that punctured the Chanticleer zone. A trey from Nori Johnson put CofC up 37-25, and then Stitt hit three free throws on a fouled trey and then knocked down a three-pointer to extend the Cougar lead to 16 points at the 9:11 minute mark.

Another Stitt three-pointer with 3:44 remaining helped put the game away as the Cougars took a commanding 58-36 advantage. The Cougar bench was only able to manage two points the rest of the way, and the Chanticleers were able to chip off the final margin.

Video Music: It’s Time by Imagine Dragons

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