Chants erupt for 118-point performance to dunk Eagles

ccuhoops-21dunkThe Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team scored the third-most points in program history as the Chants downed the Eagles of Reinhardt University, 118-82.

Six Chanticleers reached double figures for the second-straight game led by sophomore Badou Diagne’s career-high 26-point performance.

Diagne hit his first seven shots from the field before finishing the game going 9-10. He was a perfect 3-3 from 3-point range and hit 5-6 from the free throw line. He also added nine rebounds and a pair of assists.

CCU’s 118 points ranks as the third-most in program history behind 125 scored against Thomas More on Dec. 20, 2010 and 122 against Friendship during the 1979-80 season. The Chants also scored 118 points against Morris on Nov. 24, 1984.

The Chants even out their record to 5-5 while the game counted as just an exhibition for the Eagles who stay at 7-6 on the year.

Reinhardt’s senior guard Quinton Wood stole the show as he scored a game-high 36 points while hitting five 3-pointers.

Both teams were clicking on offense as the Chants hit 67.7 percent (42-62) of their shots from the field including 68.8 percent (11-16) from three while the Eagles knocked down 46.8 percent (29-62) from the field including 39.3 percent (11-28) from three.

Junior Warren Gillis chipped in 21 points and four rebounds in 28 minutes of action while freshman Elijah Wilson added 16 points. Sophomore Michel Enanga had 14 points and seven rebounds while hitting all six of his shots from the field including a three. He was also perfect from the free throw line going 1-1. The final two Chants in double-figures were junior Josh Cameron and freshman Colton Ray-St Cyr who had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Cameron dished out a game-high seven assists while senior El Hadji Ndieguene led the game on the boards with 12 rebounds.

CCU jumped out to 14-4 lead powered by five points from Enanga over the opening three minutes of the game. The Eagles cut CCU’s lead to just three with 12:22 left in the period but an 11-2 run by the Chants pushed the lead back to 12. The run was sparked by Daigne who scored seven points in the streak. The Chants pushed their lead to as much as 18 with 3:13 to play in the first but a 10-1 run by the Eagles to close out the half gave CCU just a nine-point advantage heading into the break, 53-44.

A three by the Eagles to open the second half cut the Chants lead to just six but that would be as close as the Eagles would get as CCU used a persistent offensive attack to slowly build up a 30-plus point lead. Diagne’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in the game gave the Chants their largest lead at 118-81. Redshirt freshman Ron Trapps came in late for the second-straight game and hit a pair of shots including a three to score six points in just four minutes of action. He has now scored 11 points in six minutes of action over the past two games and has yet to miss a shot.

The Chants return to action Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as they travel to South Carolina State for an in-state battle.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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