Coastal halts High Point’s 12-game home win streak

ccuhoops-5dAfter leading by as many as 12 in the early stages of the second half, Coastal Carolina hung on down the stretch as Shivaughn Wiggins made a pair of crucial free throws and High Point’s Lorenzo Cugini’s last-second 3-pointer clanked off the rim, leaving the Chanticleers with a 71-68 victory.

Coastal, the two-time reigning Big South Tournament champion, improved to 10-8 (4-4 Big South) on the season and broke the Panthers 12-game home winning streak. High Point, which has won at least a share of the last three Big South regular season titles, dropped to 12-6 overall (5-2 Big South).

Elijah Wilson led all scorers with 21 points, while also corralling a career-high tying nine rebounds. The junior outdueled the Big South’s Preseason Player of the Year in High Point’s John Brown, who finished 18 points. Also in double-figures for Coastal was Jaylen Shaw with 14 and HPU’s Adam Weary with 19.

The Chanticleers shot 49.1 percent (27-55) from the field, including a 56.3 percent clip (9-16) from 3-point range. Defensively, Coastal limited High Point to a 40.0 overall shooting percentage and only 18.2 percent (4-22 from) deep. Coastal also controlled the boards 38-32.

Coastal surged to an 18-6 lead on Ron Trapps’ 3-pointer at the 12:13 mark of the opening half. Two minutes later, Tristian Curtis scored inside to give the Chanticleers their largest lead of the half at 24-9.

Coastal Carolina has the next six days off before traveling to Charleston to face Lowcountry rival Charleston Southern on Sat., Jan. 23.

Photo courtesy of HP Athletics

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