Chants’ shooting goes cold in 30-point loss to Terriers

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team turned the ball over 23 times and shot just 34.0 percent from the field in a lopsided 74-44 loss at previously winless Boston University.

The Chants never led in the game and trailed by as much as 35 points in the second half. For the first time in recent memory the Chanticleers did not produce a single double-digit scorer.

Boston shot 50.0 percent from the field including 55.6 percent in the second half. They converted CCU’s 23 turnovers into 29 points while Coastal was only able to convert BU’s 17 turnovers into 12 points.

The Chants were led by senior Anthony Raffa who had just eight points after entering the game as the nation’s leading scorer with a 26.0 points per game average. Sophomore Warren Gillis added seven points while junior El Hadji Ndieguene and senior Kierre Greenwood chipped in six points each. Ndieguene led the team with eight rebounds. Greenwood dished out a team-high five assists.

Maurice Watson Jr. led the Terriers with 15 points while D.J. Irving added 14 and Travis Robinson had 12.

The Chanticleers kept the game close most of the first half but with 5:12 remaining in the period the Terriers used a 11-1 run to take a 31-15 lead with 1:27 remaining. After both teams struggled to score, Gillis hit a three with just three seconds left on the clock to cut the halftime deficit to 31-18.

The lead never dropped below double-digits in the second half as the Terriers held the Chants at bay. A free throw with 2:51 remaining gave BU its biggest lead of the game at 73-38.

The Chanticleers will return to action next Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 pm as they host Boston University inside The HTC Center in a rematch of tonight’s game.

Photo courtesy CCU Athletics

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