Coastal holds on to beat North Carolina Central

Coastal holds on to beat North Carolina Central

CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina had four players reach double digits and won the battles of the boards 46-31 in defeating a surprising North Carolina Central team 70-67.

The Chants held a 16-point lead with 11 minutes left and still held a 10-point lead with 2:51 left in the game, but NCCU continued to hit threes and their three with two seconds made the final score.

Elijah Wilson once again led CCU (5-6) in scoring with 22 points on eight-of-12 shooting including four-of-six on his three point field goals.

Jaylen Shaw had 15 points and Colton Ray-St Cyr chipped in with 10 points and in the process picked up his second double-double of the season with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Josh Coleman came off the bench and played the best game of his short career.  The sophomore was a perfect six-for-six from the field in scoring 12 points and also had five rebounds.

CCU finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field and they were a solid 35 percent on their three-point attempts.

NCCU (6-4) got a game-high 28 points from Patrick Cole who single-handedly kept the visitors in the game.  He hit seven of his 17 field goal attempts and was nine-of-11 from the free throw line.  Five of his field goals were three point field goals.

Rashaun Madison scored 18 points for the Eagles and Dajuan Graf had 11.

The visitors shot 34 percent from the field.  They hit 21 field goals and 12 of those field goals were three pointers as they finished shooting 32 percent from the outside.

NCCU did a good job getting to the line and knocked down 13 of their 16 attempts.

Coastal carried a 38-32 lead into the locker room at halftime after shooting 47 percent in the opening 20 minutes.  Wilson led the way with 15 opening half points.  Beck had seven and Coleman came off the bench to add six.

NCCU hit 12 field goals in the half and shot 38 percent from the field, but seven of their five field goals were three point field goals to keep them close.

Cole had 18 points and five of his field goals were of the three point type including a long three to end the first half.

Tonight's game was the final game of the five-game home stand and CCU will hit the road for its next game.  A Wednesday, Dec. 15 outing at Southeastern Conference power Auburn.  Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.