Chants roll past Radford, 69-61

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

RADFORD, Va. – For the third time this season the Coastal Carolina University men's basketball went on the road and took home a conference victory. The Chanticleers traveled over 300 miles to Radford, Va. and knocked off the Highlanders of Radford University 69-61. The loss was just the second home loss of the season for the Highlanders while the Chants captured their third conference road victory of the year, one more than the entire 2012-13 season.

The Chants led almost the entire game but the lead never felt comfortable as most the game it was in single-digits. Coastal did not hit a field goal the final six minutes of play but were a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line down the stretch to hang on for the victory.

Freshman Elijah Wilson led the way scoring 22 points including 17 in the second half. He was 7-19 from the field including 3-7 from 3-point range. He was also nearly perfect at the free throw line going 5-6. He added seven rebounds and a pair of steals as well.

Junior Warren Gillis added 16 points, two assists and two steals. He was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line while going 4-8 from the field. Junior Josh Cameron had 14 points on 6-16 shooting.

Senior El Hadji Ndieguene led the rebolunding effort with 10 boards and eight points. The Chants outrebounded the Highlanders 42-35 led by Ndieguene's 10 and Wilson's seven. Sophomore Uros Ljeskovic had six rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

Both teams shot below 40 percent from the field. The Chants hit 39.0 percent (23-59) while the Highlanders hit 38.6 percent (22-57). The difference came at the free throw line where the Chants knocked down 19-24 while the Highlanders hit just 9-16.

Coastal will return to action this Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. as the Chants host rival Liberty University inside The HTC Center for another Big South Conference match-up.