Chants top Bulldogs in Big South home opener

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY – Junior Josh Cameron and freshman Elijah Wilson combined for 48 of Coastal Carolina's 81 points as the Chants took down UNC Asheville 81-78 Wednesday night inside The HTC Center. Cameron scored a career-high 29 points as he knocked down five triples and ended the night 10-18 from the field including 5-6 from downtown. Wilson added 19 points including 13 in the second half as he was 8-17 from the field including 3-6 from three-point range.

Overall the Chants shot the ball well hitting 50.0 percent (31-62) of their attempts for the game including 58.6 percent (10-17) from three. The Bulldogs shot just 36.1 percent (26-72) from the field and 37.0 percent (10-27) from three.

The win moves CCU's record to 9-8 on the year and 2-1 in Big south Conference action. The Bulldogs fall to 8-9 on the year and 2-1 in conference play. CCU, UNCA, Winthrop and Charleston Southern are all tied atop the Big South Conference South Division standings with 2-1 records. CCU will have another chance to improve their standing this Saturday as the Winthrop Eagles come to The HTC Center for a 7 pm game.

Junior Warren Gillis chipped in 14 points and six rebounds as he hit 5-9 shots and was 2-3 from three. Sophomore Uros Ljeskovic continued his strong play of late as he scored 10 points on 5-7 shooting and grabbed a pair of boards. Sophomore Michel Enanga led the Chants in rebounding with 13 boards while scoring seven points.

David Robertson led a quintet of double-digit scorers for UNCA with 18 points. Senior D.J. Cunningham turned in a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

UNCA won the rebounding battle 45-38 and picked up 25 offensive boards which led to a 28-10 advantage in second chance points. CCU controlled the paint despite the rebounding battle outscoring the Bulldogs 34-22 down low.

The Chants will return to action this Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 pm as they host the Winthrop Eagles in another Big South Conference contest.