Slow start dooms Chants in Big South opener at CSU

ccuhoops-12pointThe Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team lost its Big South Conference opener Wednesday night, falling 70-58 at rival Charleston Southern.

The Buccaneers built a 45-27 halftime lead and held off a late charge by the Chanticleers. Coastal went on a 12-1 run in the second half but was unable to overcome the big early deficit.

Coastal was led by Josh Cameron’s 11 points and Warren Gillis added 10. Charleston Southern got a game-high 16 from Will Saunders and three others scored in double figures for the Bucs.

Charleston Southern, which leads the nation in 3-point shooting, connected on 13 of 32 from downtown while Coastal hit just 3 of 16 from behind the arc.

The Chants (7-8 overall, 0-1 Big South) returns to league play Saturday at 7 p.m. at Gardner-Webb.

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