Coastal drops home game against Wofford
CONWAY, S.C. - Jaylen Shaw scored 19 points and Joseph Williams-Powell came off the bench to score a career-high 15, but it was not enough as Coastal Carolina fell to Wofford 75-74.
The stats were as close as the game as both teams made 28 field goals and both teams shot 50 percent from the field and both teams hit double digits in turnovers, but it was the three point field goals that made the difference as Wofford connected on 13 from beyond the three point line and CCU only hit seven.
The Terriers (5-7) rode the shooting of Fletcher Magee and Eric Garcia, as those two players were a combined 18 of 30 from the field, including 10 of 19 on three point field goals. The rest of the team only hit 10 of the other 26 field goals.
Magee finished with 27 points and Garcia had 23 as they had 50 of the visitors 73 points.
Wofford shot 50 percent (28-56) and 46 percent (13-28) on three point field goals.
The Chanticleers (5-8) shot 52 percent (28-54) from the field, but only 35 percent (7-20) on three point field goals. Shaw scored his 19 points on seven of 13 shooting and Williams-Powell hit his first seven shots en route to his 15 point night.
CCU’s leading scorer Elijah Wilson had an off-night only hitting three of his 10 field goals and finishing with eight points. Jaylan Robertson and Artur Labinowicz came off the bench to scored nine points as the Chanticleers bench outscored Wofford’s 33-10.
CCU won the battle of the boards with 37 rebounds to only 25 for Wofford. Neither team shot very well from the free throw line as Wofford, a 73 percent free throw shooting team, only hit six of its 11 free throws. CCU was not much better hitting 11 of 19 (58%).
Coastal scratched out a 36-34 lead going into the locker room at halftime but it was not easy. Wofford went on a 15-2 run to go from six down to seven up (32-25) with less than three minutes left to go in the opening 20 minutes.
From there the Chants made a late 11-2 run to take the two point lead into the locker room.
Williams-Powell led CCU’s run with 13 first half points on six-for-six shooting. The Chanticleers shot 56 percent in the opening half and out rebounded the visitors 18-14.
Wofford continued to put pressure on the Chants by hitting seven three point field goals with Magee leading the way with three of those and 11 points. Wofford shot 45 percent in the first half and 41 percent on their three point attempts.
The Chanticleers will take some time off for the Christmas break. Upon their return to the court, CCU will begin preparations for the upcoming Sun Belt Conference schedule, their first as members of the SBC.
CCU will start the inaugural SBC season on the road facing the team that was picked to win the SBC in a preseason poll, Texas-Arlington. That game is scheduled for Dec. 31 in Arlington, Texas.