Gillis hits 1,000-point mark as Chants soar past Owls

ccuhoops-0whiteIn his 100th career game in a Coastal Carolina uniform senior guard Warren Gillis eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark in aiding the Chanticleers to an 85-40 victory over visiting Warren Wilson College Thursday evening at The HTC Center.

Gillis reached the 1,000 point plateau with his pair of free throws at the 13:42 mark of the first half. He becomes the 19th member of the Chanticleers’ 1,000 point club in the program’s 40th year of basketball. Gillis, who averaged played with fellow 1,000-point scorers Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood as a freshman and sophomore, finished with eight points and is averaging 10.04 points per game for his career.

Elijah Wilson ended the game as Coastal’s leading scorer with 13 points with five made field goals and two free throws. Joining Wilson in double-digits were Josh Cameron (12), Colton Ray-St Cyr (12) and Badou Diagne (11). Marcus Freeman along with Diagne led Coastal’s 66-25 dominance on the boards with 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Coastal (7-2) closed the night shooting 40.5 percent (32-of-79) from the field and 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from three. The Chants outscored the Owls 44-6 in the paint and converted 19 turnovers into 29 points.

Warren Wilson (7-8), which was led by Ty Johnson’s 13 points, shot 25.0 percent (13-of-52) from the field, including 9-of-33 from 3-point range. The Owls did not score a 2-point field goal until the 19:10 mark of second half.

The Owls led 20-17 with 9:21 to play in the first half, but the Chanticleers flexed their collective muscle and outscored the visitors 24-1 through the remainder of the half to take a 41-21 lead into the intermission.

The second half played much as the first half ended; with the larger Chanticleers dominating inside and earning extra possessions.

Coastal Carolina travels to South Carolina State on Sunday for a 3 p.m. tipoff at the Bulldogs’ Memorial Center. The Chanticleers defeated SC State 66-52 in Conway on Dec. 2.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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