Courtesy: CCU Media Relations
CONWAY – The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team came up one point short Saturday night inside The HTC Center as the Eagles of Winthrop University took a 73-72 overtime victory on the Chants home court. CCU led by as many as seven points in the game but a late comeback by the Eagles sent the game to overtime.
Coastal was led by a trio of scorers who combined for 53 of CCU's 72 points. Junior Warren Gillis led the way with 19 points, four assists and three steals. Gillis was 4-10 from the floor including 2-4 from three. He was nearly perfect at the free throw line hitting 9-10 from the charity stripe. Junior Josh Cameron and freshman Elijah Wilson each chipped in 17 points. Cameron was 7-20 from the field including 1-6 from three while dishing out four assists. Wilson was 6-18 from the field and 1-6 from three. Wilson added five rebounds.
Senior El Hadji Ndieguene led the team in rebounding with eight boards as the Chants won the rebounding battle 39-33. Sophomores Michel Enanga and Badou Diagne each added six rebounds.
A trio of scorers for Winthrop combined for 57 of its 73 points. Keon Moore led all scorers with 26 points while hitting five 3-pointers. Keon Johnson added 19 points with three 3-pointers and Andre Smith had 12 points with three 3-pointers as well. In all the Eagles nailed 12-27 from downtown including seven after the halftime break.
The win improves Winthrop's record to 9-7 overall and 3-1 in Big South play. The Chants fall to 9-9 overall and 2-2 in Big South action.
CCU shot just 37.3 percent (22-59) from the field including 35.0 percent (7-20) from three. The Chants had success at the free throw line hitting 77.8 percent (21-27) from the line including 11-12 in the second half. Winthrop hit 48.0 percent (24-50) of its shots including 44.4 percent (12-27) from three. The Eagles struggled from the charity stripe hitting just 56.5 percent (13-23) from the line.
It is the first overtime game for Coastal Carolina since their 2012-13 home opener against Akron last year which they won.