Cliff Ellis ties John Wooden for career wins, CCU beats PC 70-51

Cliff Ellis captured his 664th coaching victory to tie him with former UCLA head coach John Wooden.

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Badou Diagne scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as Coastal Carolina pulled away in the second half to beat Presbyterian 70-51 on Wednesday night.

The win was the 664th in the head coaching career of Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis to tie him with the legendary John Wooden. Wooden guided the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA National Championships.

Diagne was 5 of 8 from the floor and Warren Gillis added 14 points for Coastal Carolina (17-12, 10-5 Big South).

The Chanticleers led 17-4 with 12:32 remaining in the first half after Eric Smith's layup capped a 9-0 run. Presbyterian quickly responded with 12-straight points and cut the difference to five, 28-23, at the break. Early in the second half, however, Coastal Carolina held the Blue Hose to just two points in a 6-minute span, and led by 15 with 10:54 to play.

Rebounding proved crucial as the Chanticleers pulled down 12 more rebounds than the Blue Hose, 11 of those coming from the offensive end for second-chance points.

Markus Terry led Presbyterian (6-24, 2-13) with 16 points and William Truss added 15 rebounds.

Coastal Carolina will host Charleston Southern at The HTC Center in Conway on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. to close out the regular season.

CCU is tied for first place in the South Division of the Big South Conference with Gardner-Webb. Both teams have 10-5 league records heading to the final day of the season on Saturday.