A 25-0 run to open the game for the Chanticleers proved to be the difference as Coastal Carolina earned an 87-58 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in Big South action Thursday evening at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C. Reggie Dillard paced the Blue Hose with 11 points, helped by three three-pointers.
The Blue Hose drop to 7-10 overall and 2-4 in the Big South while the Chanticleers move to 9-8, 3-4. PC hosts Radford Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.
Coastal Carolina stormed out of the gates to open the first half, scoring the game’s first 25 points, highlighted by two three-pointers apiece from Jaylen Shaw and Ron Trapps. Markus Terry snapped the drought with a basket at the 10:21 mark, followed by a DeSean Murray jumper as the Chanticleers led 25-4, 9:55 to go in the half.
The Chanticleers extended their lead to 44-14 before the Blue Hose closed out the half on a 10-6 run, led by Ruben Arroyo who record two three-pointers during the run, to head to the locker room trailing 50-24.
Much of the same to open the second half, Coastal Carolina took its largest lead of the game, at 72-30, holding PC to just six points in the opening seven minutes. Dillard provided some positives for the Blue Hose, hitting back to back three-pointers to cut the margin to 36, 72-36, 11:28 left in the game.
The Blue Hose kept up with the Chanticleers in the second half, the score just 37-34 but it would not be enough to overcome the first half as PC fell by the final 87-58 score.
Following Dillard’s 11 points, was Murray with 10 on the night. Murray pulled down a team-leading five rebounds as well. Trapps paced CCU with 21 points, while Marcus Freeman added nine rebounds.
PC shot 40% in the second half to finish the game 35.7% from the field. The Blue Hose connected on seven three-pointers, five coming in the second half. PC hit 11-of-16 free throws and had two less turnovers, 13-15.
CCU shot 52% from the field, hitting 11 three-pointers and going 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. The Chanticleers led the rebounding stats, 42-25, resulting in a 21-12 advantage in points off turnovers.