Chants go down shooting; fall to Badgers in Big Dance

ccu-14jDespite a solid performance, No. 16-seeded Coastal Carolina was no match for top-seeded Wisconsin as the Chanticleers suffered an 86-72 loss to the Badgers in Friday’s NCAA Tournament action in Omaha.

Frank Kaminsky scored 27 points to help Wisconsin move on to face Oregon on Sunday in the Midwest Regional quarterfinal at Century Link Center. Forwards Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes added 20 and 15 points, respectively.

Wisconsin capitalized on its decisive size advantage en route to shooting 54.1 percent. The Badgers led by 15 at halftime and were ahead by as many as 24 points with 3:42 remaining.

Senior guard Warren Gillis scored 22 points and sophomore guard Elijah Wilson scored 20 to pace Coastal Carolina (24-10). The Chanticleers were making their fourth overall NCAA Tournament appearance, and second in a row. They are 0-4 all-time.

Coastal shot a respectable 48 percent from the field, including 7 of 12 from 3-point range and a 9 of 11 effort from the free throw line, but they were not match for the red-hot Badgers.

Wisconsin, the nation’s most efficient offense, shot 54.8 percent from the field in the first half in building a 47-32 halftime lead. The Badgers committed only two turnovers, made eight 3-pointers on 17 attempts and had three players score in double figures in the first half, with 13 points apiece from Dekker and Hayes, and 12 from Kaminsky.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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