BSC Tourney: Chants only higher seed to reach semis

bsc-ccuquartersA sharp-shooting performance by sophomore guard Elijah Wilson (career-high 29 points, 7 three-pointers) and a stifling second-half defensive effort helped No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina rally from a halftime deficit to defeat No. 6 seed UNC Asheville, 74-57, during Friday evening’s 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal at The HTC Center.

Trailing 31-27 at the intermission, the Chanticleers turned up the defensive pressure, holding the Bulldogs to 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from the field after halftime. They limited Asheville standout guard Andrew Rowsey to just two second-half points and 14 tallies for the game, just two days after Rowsey exploded for 34 points during the Bulldogs’ quarterfinal win over No. 11 seed Liberty. Coastal Carolina’s active defense finished the game with 14 steals and eight blocked shots.

Wilson took care of things at the offensive end, notching 20 of his career-high 29 points after halftime, including 11 during a 24-4 run which gave the Chanticleers the lead for good. He shot 7-of-10 from three-point range on the night, setting a career high for three-pointers made and equaling the Big South quarterfinal record.

* Junior Shaquille Johnson (22 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks) helped No. 9 seed Longwood engineer a 68-60 upset of No. 1 seed Charleston Southern during Friday afternoon’s 2015 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Men’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal tilt at The HTC Center.

The Lancers, making just their third Big South Championship appearance, become the first No. 9 seed ever to advance to the Big South semifinals. Meanwhile, the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed was eliminated in the quarterfinals for the second straight year and the third time in Tournament history. Winthrop authored both previous quarterfinal upsets, defeating No. 1 seed Towson State in 1993 and overall No. 1 seed High Point last season.

* Behind a career-high 24 points from Harold McBride and a double-double (19 points and 14 rebounds) from Jerome Hill, No. 7 seeded Gardner-Webb defeated No. 2 seeded High Point, 72-71 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship on Friday evening at The HTC Center.

Hill’s three-point play with 18.3 seconds remaining was the difference for Gardner-Webb (20-13).  Hill took the feed from Tyler Strange down the left side of the lane and finished through contact to give GWU a 72-70 lead.

* Fifth-seeded Winthrop used a 12-2 run over a five-minute stretch to eke out a 67-66 win over fourth-seeded Radford on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship.

The game-defining run gave Winthrop (18-12) its largest lead of the day at 56-49 with 1:20 left. The Eagles held the Highlanders (21-11) without a field goal for six minutes before a jumper from Rashun Davis brought Radford to within five at 60-55 with 40 seconds left.

Photo by Emily Beachum

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