CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team outlasted Winthrop in the Big South Championship on Sunday afternoon, and as a result, will be playing in the NCAA Tournament later this month.
CCU led Winthrop for the entire second half, finishing with a final score of 76-61.
The Chanticleers went to halftime with a ten point lead over Winthrop but was able to stretch that to 18 point, the game's biggest lead with 9:41 left in regulation.
Junior Warren Gillis led all scorers with 22 points. 12 came in the second half and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Freshman Josh Cameron was the team's second leading scorer, 19, and he and Gillis earned all-tournament honors.
The South Division champions pick up their first conference tournament title since 1991, and after clinching the Big South's automatic bid to the Big Dance, the Chants will make their first appearance there since 1993.
Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis wins his first conference tournament title and becomes the tenth head coach in NCAA history to bring four different teams to the NCAA tournament. He also made it to the tournament with South Alabama, Clemson and Auburn.
CCU is 21-12 overall on the year, and won the Big South South Division. The team has won 12 of its last 15 games after today.
The Chants have the week off before finding out their destination in the NCAA Tournament. Selection Sunday is on March 16th.