The Presbyterian College men's basketball team rallied to within four of the Chanticleers with just under a minute to play, but it was not enough time as Coastal Carolina came away with the 60-53 win in action tonight at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.
PC drops to 6-20 overall and 3-9 in the Big South, while Coastal Carolina improves to 12-11, 7-5.
Leading PC was Khalid Mutakabbir with 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and second of his career. Ryan McTavish followed with 12 points on the night. Warren Gillis led Coastal Carolina with 14 points with Badou Diagne leading in rebounds with 11.
The Chanticleers shot 38.6% on the night while the Blue Hose were just ahead at 38.8%. CCU was eight-of-18 from beyond the three-point arc, with six of them coming in the first half. PC was just four-of-21 in three-pointers and 11-of-17 from the charity stripe. Coastal Carolina was eight-of-16 from the free throw line and held the 45-27 advantage in rebounds. PC had four less turnovers, 12-8.
Tied 11-11 at the 13:29 mark, Coastal Carolina capitalized on two three-pointers by Anthony Raffa to build a 21-13 lead on a 10-2 run the next three minutes. Diagne increased the CCU lead to 24-15 at 8:46 with a three-pointer of his own before an 11-2 run by the Blue Hose, including the last seven unanswered, to tie the game at 26-26 with 3:18 to go in the half. Highlighting the run was a three-pointer and dunk by Mutakabbir, as well as five straight points from Eric Washington.
Coastal Carolina scored a basket with 36 seconds left to give the Chanticleers the two-point 28-26 lead at halftime.
It was a back and forth battle to start the second half with the Chanticleers only able to build a six-point, 36-30 lead with 17:30 remaining. PC cut the deficit to one off an 8-1 run, four straight coming from Mutakabbir, and trailed 39-38 at 12:23. CCU scored five of the game's next seven points to take a 44-40 lead with 9:20 to go.
A Raffa three-pointer made it a seven-point game at 8:23. After a CCU free-throw made it an eight-point game, 48-40, at the 8:15 mark, PC clawed back to within four, 57-53, with just 44 seconds to play off a three by Mutakabbir, but that would be as close as the Blue Hose would get as the Chanticleers hit three of the next four free throws, while holding the home team at bay, to come away with the 60-53 win.
Presbyterian College is next in action Saturday, Feb. 16 when it hosts Winthrop in a 7 p.m. contest at the Templeton Center. The game will be broadcast live on the Big South Network, sponsored by State Farm, at www.bigsouthsports.com.