Chants upset first place Bucs, 73-53

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAYThe Coastal Carolina men's basketball team took down Big South Conference leader Charleston Southern University 73-53 at home Wednesday night to push its home win streak to eight games. Coastal dominated the borads and had balanced scoring with four players reaching double-figures.

The Chants outrebounded the Bucs 47-27 and held Charleston Southern to just six three pointers. The Bucs came into the game ranked second in the NCAA in 3-pointers per game with 9.6. Coastal's defense forced CSU to shoot just 31% from the field and just 18.8% from three point range. The Chants, on the other hand, shot 48.1% from the field and 54.5% from long range.

Coastal improves its record to 11-10 on the season and 6-4 in Big South play while the Bucs fall to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in BSC action.

Sophomore Warren Gillis led the way for the Chants scoring 19 points, just two off his career-high, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists. Senior Anthony Raffa added 17 points and three rebounds while senior Kierre Greenwood had 16 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds. Freshman Michel Enanga recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a pair of steals. Junior El Hadji Ndieguene returned after a one-game absence and led the team with 12 rebounds and scored seven points.

The Bucs were led by sophomore Arlon Harper who scored 21 points, including 15 in the first half, and grabbed five rebounds. Mathiang Muo added 10 points and four rebounds. Preseason first team all-conference selection Saah Nimley was held to just seven points and two boards while going 2-of-13 from the field.

The Chants return to action this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. as they travel to Big South North Division leader High Point. The Bucs host Campbell University this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.