CCU drops ‘state title’ game to the College of Charleston

Coastal Carolina can erase “state champs” from their to-do list this season, but can now turn its attention to the more important title of “Big South Conference champions.”

The Chanticleers (9-3) lost to The College of Charleston 77-70 on Thursday night at Kimbel Arena in a matchup hyped as the state college championship. Both the Chants and Cougars have defeated Clemson and were undefeated within the Palmetto State borders coming into the game.

But the Cougars (10-2) used a 21-9 run at the end of the first half to put some distance between the Chants, who could never overcome the deficit. Coastal held its last lead at 21-20 midway through the first half but C of C’s run made it 41-29 at the half.

Coastal trailed by as many as 17 in the second half at 50-33 before at least making it interesting. The Chants went on a 20-6 run of their own to cut the lead to three at 56-53 with 6 minutes remaining, but Andrew Lawrence hit a layup and a 3-pointer to help the Cougars pull away for good.

Lawrence scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Cougars, who also got 17 from Matt Sundberg and 13 from Antwaine Wiggins.The trio went a combined 10-for-17 from 3-point range, which proved the biggest difference in the game. Coastal shot just 6-of-15 from behind the arc.

Anthony Raffa led the Chants with 17 points and Sam McLaurin added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kierre Greenwood had a solid all-around night with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, and Chris Gradnigo was held to 9 points.

Coastal now turns its attention to the all-important conference schedule when it travels to High Point on New Year’s Day.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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