Still Rolling: CCU tops Longwood, 76-70

Chants get by Longwood Thursday night

Courtesy: CCU Media Relations

CONWAY – For the 14th straight time the Coastal Carolina men's basketball team walked out of The HTC Center victorious after defeating Longwood 76-70 on Thursday evening.

Coastal, which has not lost a home game since Feb. 5, 2014, improved to 12-3 with the victory and stayed unbeaten in Big South play at 3-0. Longwood dropped to 5-11 (1-2 Big South) with the loss.

For the second consecutive game, Coastal was led by four players in double-figures. Warren Gillis and Shivaughn Wiggins were the team's high scorers with 15 points each, while Badou Diagne and Elijah Wilson each scored 13. Josh Cameron narrowly missed joining the quartet, finishing with nine points. In addition, Diagne also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to mark his second straight and fifth overall double-double of the campaign.

Longwood was paced by Lotanna Nwogbo's 23 points, which included 18 in the paint, and 10 rebounds. Quincy Taylor and Leron Fisher also reach double-figures for the Lancers, scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Coastal finished the night hitting on 25-of-54 shot attempts for a 46.3 field goal percentage, while Longwood went 26-of-49 (53.1 percent). The Chanticleers outrebounded Longwood 33-26, but the Lancers closed with a 34-24 advantage in points in the paint. Coastal also won the turnover battle 11-8, scoring 14 points off the LU turnovers.

Coastal returns to the road for a pair of games. Up first is a trip to rival Liberty for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff on Saturday followed by an 8:00 p.m. tip at Campbell on Monday. The Liberty game can be viewed on the Liberty Flames Sports Network in the Lynchburg, Va., area and nationwide via, while the Campbell game will be carried live on the American Sports Network in Virginia and the Carolinas.