Clemson snaps losing skid against Coastal with blowout

clemhoops-ccuFor the first time in the last three seasons the Tigers of Clemson pulled out a victory over the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina.

The Chants have had the Tigers number the past two meetings but the third time was not the charm for the Chants as the Tigers downed Coastal, 69-40.

The loss drops Coastal’s record to 2-5 on the season while the Tigers improve to 6-1.

CCU struggled offensively the entire night as the team shot just 28.3 percent (15-53) from the field including 13.3 percent (2-15) from 3-point range. The struggles carried over to the free throw line where the Chants shot just 57.1 percent (8-14).

Freshman Elijah Wilson led the Chants with 16 points while junior Josh Cameron chipped in 10. Sophomore Badou Diagne picked up a team-high eight rebounds.

The Tigers out-rebounded the Chants 46-27 despite not having a single-player pick up double-digit boards.

The Chanticleer offense struggled to find its rhythm early as the Tigers opened the game with a 13-0 run. CCU’s first basket fell at the 10:35 mark of the first half as Josh Cameron sunk a long two-pointer. The Tigers opened up a 20-point lead in the first half but with 2:01 remaining in the period the Chants began an 8-0 run to cut the halftime deficit to 12. Wilson paced the run with seven of the eight points as he closed out the first half with 14 of CCU’s 21 points.

The Chants cut the Tigers lead to 10 on two occasions early in the second half but a 14-2 run by the Tigers opened up a 22-point lead for Clemson with 11:00 remaining in the game. Cameron once again ended the Tigers run, this time with a deep three. The Tigers would hold a double-digit advantage the rest of the way eventually taking a 69-40 victory.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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