Chanticleers roll in opener; make long trip to UCLA next

ccuhoops-22dunkThe Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team got its 2014-15 season started with a 79-36 victory over Trinity Baptist Friday night before a crowd of 2,764 inside The HTC Center.

Senior guard Josh Cameron came off the bench to lead a balanced scoring effort with 16 points and added a game-high four assists as the Chanticleers opened the contest with a 7-0 run and never trailed. Sophomore point guard Shivaughn Wiggins totaled 12 points, six rebounds and three assists in his Coastal debut, while senior Warren Gillis chipped in 10 points and three assists. Gillis’ 10 points pushed his double-digit scoring streak to 22 straight games.

Junior center Uros Ljeskovic grabbed a career and game-high 12 rebounds, along with seven points, while junior college transfer Marcus Freeman scored all 10 of his points in the second half and also grabbed eight rebounds in just 13 minutes of action. A total of 10 Chanticleers got into the scoring column in the game, with eight recording at least six points.

The Chanticleers will now head west for a matchup against traditional power UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday night. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. EST.

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