Chants advance to semis in Double OT thriller at BSC

CCU-CSUJunior guard Josh Cameron scored a team-high 20 points and led a seven-point run to start the second overtime as No. 1 South seed Coastal Carolina survived to defeat No. 5 South seed Charleston Southern, 73-68, in a quarterfinal game of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Men’s Basketball Championship, Friday at the HTC Center.

Cameron scored five of his team’s points in a 7-0 run to open the second overtime that gave the Chanticleers a 69-62 advantage with 2 minutes left in the game. The margin was the largest for either team in a game that saw 16 lead changes and 14 ties.

Coastal, which also had three other players in double figures, moved to 19-12 overall and will face the winner of Gardner-Webb and VMI in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3. This is the Chanticleers’ first semifinal appearance since 2011 and their 10th in program history..

Charleston Southern held a slim 3-point lead in a low-scoring first half.  The Buccaneers scored 12 consecutive points to pull in front at 23-17 and finished the first half ahead 25-23. Strickland had the hot hand in the period, scoring 12 of his team’s 25 points.  He had five points in the 12-point run. At one point Coastal held a 17-9 lead but then went six minutes without a point.

It was the second double-overtime game in Tournament history and first since Winthrop defeated Liberty in two extra sessions in 2001.

Photo Credit: Melinda Gatesman

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