Chanticleers hold off late comeback by NC Central

ccuhoops-45jCoastal Carolina had four players reach double digits and won the battles of the boards 46-31 in defeating a surprising North Carolina Central team 70-67.

The Chants held a 16-point lead with 11 minutes left and still held a 10-point lead with 2:51 left in the game, but NCCU continued to hit threes and their three with two seconds made the final score.

Elijah Wilson once again led CCU (5-6) in scoring with 22 points on eight-of-12 shooting including four-of-six on his three point field goals.

Jaylen Shaw had 15 points and Colton Ray-St Cyr chipped in with 10 points and in the process picked up his second double-double of the season with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Josh Coleman came off the bench and played the best game of his short career.  The sophomore was a perfect six-for-six from the field in scoring 12 points and also had five rebounds.

CCU finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field and they were a solid 35 percent on their three-point attempts.

NCCU (6-4) got a game-high 28 points from Patrick Cole who single-handedly kept the visitors in the game.  He hit seven of his 17 field goal attempts and was nine-of-11 from the free throw line.  Five of his field goals were three point field goals.

Cole had 18 points and five of his field goals were of the three point type including a long three to end the first half.

CCU will hit the road for its next game, Wednesday, at Southeastern Conference power Auburn. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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