Chants’ second-half surge sparks Senior Night victory

ccuhoops-10dunkCoastal Carolina held Charleston Southern without a point for the opening 9:11 of the second half, while scoring 14 points to erase a halftime deficit and seize control of the game en route to a 68-60 victory over the visiting Buccaneers.

Coastal (17-10, 11-6 Big South) clinched a first-round bye in next week’s Big South Tournament with the win coupled with UNC Asheville’s defeat of Liberty. Charleston Southern (9-20, 5-13 BSC) will be the No. 9 seed in next week tournament. The Chanticleers enter the final day of the regular season mathematically able to finish between first and fifth in the final standings.

Shivaughn Wiggins scored a game-high 18 points to pace the Coastal offense. Jaylen Shaw joined his backcourt mate in double-figures with 10. Tristian Curtis nearly double-doubled with his eight points and game-best 13 rebounds.

Charleston Southern was led by Raemond Robinson’s 17 point, while Aaron Wheeler scored 11 and Wesley Johnson 10.

Coastal overcame its first-half shooting woes to make 46.4 percent in the second half and 39.7 percent (23-58) for the game. The Buccaneers shot 50.0 percent in the first half, but only 29.6 in the second and 40.4 percent (23-57) at the game’s conclusion. Coastal won the rebounding battle 42-37 and outscored CSU 18-3 in second chance points and 39-24 off the bench.

After a sluggish offensive start to the second half that saw the Chants make only one of its first seven attempts, Coastal exploded for 11 points, including crowd-pleasing Curtis dunk. The Coastal run erased the Chants’ eight-point halftime deficit and put the home team up 43-37. Equally as impressive as Coastal’s half-opening run was the Chants’ defense that did not permit CSU to score a point until Johnson made the second of two free throws at the 10:49 mark.

The Chanticleer lead twice ballooned to a game-high 11 points with the last coming via a Wiggins 3-point play with 7:04 to play. Charleston Southern scored 10 of the game’s next 13 point, trimming Coastal’s lead to 59-55 at the 4:05 mark. After another Wiggins’ jumper, the Bucs cut the lead back to four on a Wheeler score in the paint. Shaw answered Wheeler with a 3-pointer on the other end and the Buccaneers got no closer than five the rest of the way as the Chants won their 11th home game of the season.

Coastal took a 23-22 lead with a Ron Trapps 3-pointer at the 6:30 mark of the opening half, but missed seven of its next eight shots as Charleston Southern used a pair of threes and six straight points inside by Johnson to build a 34-25 lead. Curtis and Wiggins scored in the paint during the final two minutes to cut the Chants’ halftime deficit to 37-29.

The Buccaneers shot well in the opening 20 minutes, connecting on 15 of its 20 shot attempts, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Meanwhile, the Chanticleers made just 10-of-30 attempts and 4-of-11 from three.

Prior to the start of the contest Coastal seniors Aaron Law, Marcus Freeman, Tristian Curtis and Badou Diagne were honored for their career accomplishment and contributions to Chanticleer basketball.

Photo courtesy of CSU Athletics

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