Wake Forest men, women take close ones from CCU

ccuhoops-wakeDespite missing two key players to injuries, the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team held its own against ACC power Wake Forest on Friday night before falling 83-77.

Coastal made a strong comeback bid late in the second half but couldn’t overcome a big early deficit. The Demon Deacons led by as many as 11 in the opening 20 minutes, going into the break with a 36-27 cushion.

In the second half, an early 3-pointer gave the Deacons their biggest lead at 43-29. Wake Forest remained in front by shooting 63 percent from the field in the stanza, but the Chanticleers stayed in the game by shooting 65 percent in the frame.

With 1:23 to play, Coastal Carolina trimmed its deficit to two points at 77-75, but the Chants couldn’t get any closer.

* The Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team lost its second consecutive game Friday night as Wake Forest bested the Chants 81-52 in the CrosCom Bank Carolinas Challenge at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Coastal (4-6, 0-2 Big South) committed 29 turnovers in the contest, tied for its most this season, leading to 29 points from Wake Forest (7-3, 0-0 ACC).

Friday’s loss moves Coastal to 1-1 against ACC opponents this year after the Chants defeated Clemson in the first month of the season.

Yasmin Miller closed the game as Coastal’s leading scorer with 13 points, the only Chanticleer to finish in double figures. Miller went 4-of-11 from the field while adding five points on seven free throw attempts.

Rachael Gregory paced the Chants with seven rebounds, her fourth time leading Coastal in that category this season.

Photo courtesy of WFU Athletics

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