Chants top Campbell, now head of Big South

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team used a suffocating defense in the second half to come away with a 61-58 victory at Campbell University Saturday afternoon. The game pitted the top ranked team in the Big South Conference North Division versus the top ranked team in the South Division on ESPNU. A pair of Campbell big men scored 24 of CU's 32 first half points. Once Coastal made halftime adjustments those two players came away with one point in the entire second half.

The win is the fourth-straight for the Chants and improves their record to 13-9 and 6-2 in conference play. The Camels fall to 11-12 overall and 5-3 in conference action.

CCU's backcourt trio of Warren Gillis, Josh Cameron and Elijah Wilson combined for 44 points in the victory. Gillis scored a game-high 18 points for the second-straight contest while Cameron and Wilson each chipped in 13 points. Gillis also had five rebounds and a team-high four assists. Cameron turned in a team-high five steals while Wilson had four rebounds.

Sophomore Badou Diagne scored eight points and had a team-high seven rebounds on his 21st birthday. Four of his eight points came on monster dunks in the second half. Diagne was 4-6 from the field including 4-5 from inside the 3-point line.

CCU had just seven turnovers the entire game, a season-low for the Chants, and dished out nine assists. Marked just the fifth time this season that the Chants turned in more assists than turnovers.

Coastal also won the rebounding battle 42-35 including taking a 20-6 advantage in second chance points due to 19 offensive boards.

Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field including CCU shooting 36.4 percent and Campbell hitting 37.5 percent.

The Chants now hold the best conference record in both the North and South Divisions. CCU will host High Point University this Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.