Chanticleers work overtime to beat Charleston Southern

Coastal Carolina pulled out a close, hard-fought road victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday night.

The Chanticleers (11-4, 4-1 Big South Conference) scored an 80-77 overtime win in a game that featured 13 ties and 15 lead changes. But the final lead change was the one that counted.

Trailing 77-76, Coastal’s Kierre Greenwood hit a 3-pointer as the shot clocked sounded with 23 seconds left to give the Chants the lead for good. He then added a free throw with 11 seconds left and the Buccaneers missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

In a game that was tight throughout, Coastal appeared ready to win it in regulation after a 7-0 run with 3 minutes remaining gave the Chants a 63-58 lead. But the Bucs kept it close and Arlon Harper hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to force overtime.

Harper hit another 3 to open the extra period and the Bucs appeared to be in control until Greenwood, rushing his first 3-point attempt of the game to beat the shot clock, drilled the clutch trey to put Coastal back in the lead for good.

Greenwood finished with a season-high 16 points and Anthony Raffa scored a game-high 23. Chris Gradnigo added 17 and Sam McLaurin posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Harper scored 22 for Charleston Southern and Mathiang Muo added 20.

Coastal had lost three of their last four games coming into the key conference contest. The Chants return home from a three-game road swing on Thursday against Gardner-Webb.

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