Chanticleers blow second half lead, lose to Winthrop

After leading by as much as eight points in the first half, the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team was outscored 36-22 in the second half to fall61-48 at Winthrop Wednesday night. The Chants were paced by senior Anthony Raffa who scored 16 points but had just two in the second half.

The win improves Winthrop’s record to 9-11 and 3-5 in the Big South while the loss drops Coastal’s record to 9-10 and 4-4 in BSC play.

Senior Kierre Greenwood added 11 points while sophomore Warren Gillis had 10. Junior El Hadji Ndieguene grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Chants while freshman Tristian Curtis had four boards off the bench.

For the first time all season the Chanticleers were outrebounded by double-digits, 39-27. CCU also allowed Winthrop to score 16 points off of CCU’s 14 turnovers while the Chants only converted the Eagles’ 13 turnovers into eight points.

The Chants opened the game with a quick 5-0 run thanks to Greenwood and Gillis who hit back-to-back jumpers. The Eagles answered with a 8-2 run to take their first lead of the game at the 14:59 mark. The runs continued thanks to a 9-0 run by the Chants to give Coastal a 16-8 lead with 12:28 to play. Raffa hit a pair of 3-pointers in the run and also sunk a jumper for eight of CCU’s nine points. Coastal would hold onto the lead until the 2:40 mark when a pair of free throws by Winthrop tied the game at 22. Both teams traded points down the stretch but a jumper by Gillis followed by just one of two free throws from Winthrop gave CCU a one-point edge at the break, 26-25.

The second half saw Coastal’s lead evaporate just three minutes into the period as Winthrop opened the stanza with a pair of 3-pointers. With just over 15 minutes left in the period the Eagles stretched their lead to seven with another 3-pointer. The Chants cut the lead to four on three different occasions but the Eagles would not relent as they used a 25-13 advantage on the boards too build a double-digit lead late in the period. A three by freshman Badou Diagne with just over 2:30 to play cut the lead to seven but once again the Eagles answered with a three of their own to ice the game.

The Chants will return to action this Saturday at 2 p.m. as they host Radford. The Highlanders fell to VMI 70-69 Wednesday evening.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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