Chanticleers finally get over the hump against Camels

Anthony Raffa scored 20 points and Kierre Greenwood added 18 points to lead Coastal Carolina to a 73-59 win over Big South leader Campbell Saturday at the HTC Center.

After being swept by the Camels last season, the Chanticleers improved to 9-9 overall and 4-3 in the conference while Campbell slipped to 10-11, 5-2.

Warren Gillis and El Hadji Ndieguene chipped in with 9 points apiece and Ndieguene added a game-high 8 rebounds. Reserve Darien Hooker led the Fighting Camels with 15 points.

Hooker had 11 of his points in the first 12 minutes of the game, but the Chanticleers broke a 22-22 tie shortly thereafter with 9-0 run to close the first half and they led the rest of the way. Coastal led at the half by 29-22 and then scored the first six points to open the second half. Coastal’s largest lead was 20 points, at 50-30 with 9:30 left in the game.

Campbell came into the contest shooting 48 percent, led by guard Trey Freeman, who was averaging 15 points a game. But the Camels were held to just 38 percent shooting (21-56) against the Chanticleers and Freeman finished with 2 points on 1-11 from the field. It was his lowest scoring output of the season and only the fourth time this year that he was held under double figures. Campbell also suffered scoring droughts of 5 minutes and 8 minutes against a mix of defenses while Coastal stretched the lead.

The Chanticleers put the game away from the free throw line where they were 19-28 in the second half and 22-31 overall. Greenwood (8-8), Gillis (4-4), Charles Ashford (2-2) and Raffa (1-1) all were perfect from the free throw line. Coastal was also on target from the field, where it shot 49 percent (24-49).

Coastal travels to Winthrop on Wednesday for its next Big South game.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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