Gillis lifts CCU over Liberty

CCU edges Liberty in final seconds

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY – Junior Warren Gillis of the Coastal Carolina men's basketball team hit a fadeaway jumper of the glass to give the Chants a 66-64 victory over the visiting Liberty Flames Wednesday night inside The HTC Center. The win ends Liberty's unbeaten streak inside The HTC Center. The Flames' men's and women's basketball teams were a combined 9-0 in The HTC Center since the building opened for competition prior to the 2012-13 season.

Gillis scored a game-high 18 points and had a team-high three assists. Gillis was 5-10 from the field and 8-9 at the free throw line. Junior Josh Cameron and freshman Elijah Wilson each added 13 points to the effort while Wilson pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Sophomore Badou Diagne was the fourth Chant in double-figures with 11 points and four rebounds. CCU is now 9-0 when having four or more players score in double-figures this season including 4-0 in conference play.

The win improves CCU's record to 12-9 overall and 5-2 in Big South action. The Flames fall to 9-13 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The Chants now hold sole possession of first place in the Big South Conference South Division while CCU's next opponent Campbell University holds the lead in the North Division with a 5-2 conference record as well.

Liberty won the rebounding battle 35-26 but CCu held the shooting percentage edge (46.8%-44.2%). CCU also knocked down seven 3-pointers compared to the Flames' five. CCU edged Liberty in turnovers 14-13 and outblocked the taller Flames 5-3.

CCU will travel to Campbell this Saturday to take on the Fighting Camels on ESPNU at 11 a.m.