Coastal Carolina Downs The Citadel 72-64
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Conway, S.C.- The Citadel's Cameron Wells 22 points led a host of players in double figures, but it was not enough as Coastal Carolina came back from five points down at the intermission to emerge with a 72-64 victory at Kimbel Arena on Saturday evening. Wells, along with Austin Dahn (18 points) and Bryan Streeter (10 points) reached double figures for a Bulldogs unit that converted 25-of-63 (39.7%) field goal attempts. The Cadets were successful on 7-of-21 (33.3%) from beyond the arc, led by Dahn who took sole possession of fourth place among the school's all-time 3-polnt shooters with a 4-for-10 outing. He now has 194 career treys to his credit, moving past Ryan Nesbit and Alan Puckett.
Wells accounted for 15 of The Citadel's 31 second half points and along the way dished out five assists. He edges closer to the Dogs all-time scoring mark, held by Regan Truesdale (1,661), as he is now just 65 points shy of the record. Backcourt teammate Zach Urbanus, who finished with eight points and six assists, scored five second half points including his 239th career 3-pointer. The trio of Streeter, Wells and Matt Clark, who grabbed six rebounds apiece, anchored a post game that finished with 31 rebounds (11 offensive). The Bulldogs fall to 1-4 on the season following the loss.
The difference in the game proved to be the second half scoring of Coastal Carolina's combination of Chad Gray, Desmond Holloway and Anthony Raffa. Collectively the three scored 35 of 44 points on 14-of-21 shooting (66.7%). Individually, Gray led all scorers with 27 points followed by Holloway (18 points) and Raffa (12 points). The Chanticleers (6-2) were an impressive 16-of-28 (57.1%) in the second half that included 30 points in the paint. Holloway completed the double-double with an 11-rebound effort. Guards Kierre Greenwood and Danny Nieman handed out a team-high five assists as CCU Head Coach Cliff Ellis maintains a perfect 10-0 mark in his all-time series with The Citadel.
The Citadel opened the second half with a pair of buckets by Wells and Streeter, stretching the lead to nine, 37-28, over the first 1:04 of play. A brief 6-0 run drew the Chanticleers within three, before Wells teamed with Dahn to push the advantage back to seven, 43-36, at the 14:42 mark.
CCU followed the Dahn 3-pointer with a 15-8 run that last six minutes, highlighted by six points each from Moore and Holloway to bring the game to a climatic 51-51 tie with 7:58 remaining. The two teams traded baskets with neither gaining greater than a two-point lead, before a Holloway free throw at the 5:19 mark gave the Chanticleers a 59-58 lead they would not relinquish. Coastal Carolina closed out the game on a 13-6 run behind six points from Raffa and five by Gray to seal the 72-64 victory.
Dahn led all scorers with 13 points, behind 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, as the Cadets converted 12-of-30 (40%) field goal attempts in the opening stanza. Wells and Streeter led the remaining five Bulldogs in scoring with seven and six points respectively. The Citadel took advantage of 18 rebounds, five on the offensive glass, to hold a 5-2 edge in second chance points. The trio of Clark (five rebounds), Wells (four rebounds) and Streeter (three rebounds) led seven players on the boards.
Gray, who was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field, topped the Chanticleers in scoring with 12 points. He was followed closely by Desmond Holloway, who chimed in with six rebounds to go along with eight rebounds.
The opening 14:06 of the contest witnessed the lead exchange hands nine times, and three ties, before a series of buckets by Anthony Raffa and Gray gave Coastal Carolina its largest lead, 22-19.
The Citadel responded with a 12-7 run over a 6:17 of the half, highlighted by four points from Streeter, to take the lead into intermission. The Bulldogs regained the lead with 2:21 remaining on consecutive long range 3-pointers by Dahn and Urbanus respectively. Four free throws from Clark and Streeter in the final 1:03 of the half accounted for the final Citadel points in a 33-28 halftime advantage.
The Citadel returns home for a three-game series that includes the opening of Southern Conference play against Georgia Southern (Dec. 2) and Davidson (Dec. 4) before hosting St. Mary's College (Md.) on Dec. 6.
Courtesy: Citadel Athletics