Coastal Carolina’s road woes continue in loss to High Point

mmckinnon@thesunnews.comFebruary 9, 2013 

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team continued its woes on the road Saturday.

Despite holding a lead at the half, the Chanticleers couldn’t keep up the pace in the second half and free throws doomed Coastal Carolina as it fell to the High Point Panthers 74-62, dropping its record on the road to 1-9.

Nonetheless, Coastal coach Cliff Ellis was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We really didn’t play a bad game,” Ellis said via phone. “We played pretty well. I was pleased in our performance. The big difference was we were 7 for 10 from the free-throw line and they were 23 for 36. A 16-point difference at the foul line was the bottom line. We could talk about other things that happened, but that was the big issue.”

Freshman Badou Diagne posted a career-high 13 points to go along with seven rebounds. Michel Enanga also played a big role, scoring 10 points and grabbing five boards in a reserve role.

“He head a great game. He was very aggressive,” Ellis said of Diagne. “Him and [Enanga] were strong. They scored and they really did a great job throughout the game – rebounding, defending – they scored some big buckets and I give them a lot of credit.”

As for the recent road struggles?

“You address it by how you play,” Ellis said, “but we played good. It’s very difficult because you don’t have many teams winning on the road. We had a chance to win this game and I wasn’t worried with how we played; I thought we played pretty well.”

Allan Chaney and Derrell Edwards had 15 points apiece for the Panthers. Dejuan McGaughy (12) and John Brown (10) were the other High Point players to finish with double-figure scoring. The Panthers moved to only a half-game behind Charleston Southern for the Big South lead.

“They’re very good,” Ellis said. “They’re at the top in the division and they are a type of team that could win the Big South Tournament. We could very well win it, too. Now that we’ve seen everyone, I think this will be the team to beat in the North Division.”

Hosting the Big South tournament is a great benefit for the Chanticleers, who are 9-4 inside The HTC Center. However, Ellis is more worried about his team’s play in the upcoming slate of Big South games, which will be a big indicator in tournament seedings.

“That’s a given,” Ellis said. “We certainly play better at home, but we’ll worry about that in three weeks. We have a lot of basketball to play until then.”

COASTAL CAROLINA (11-11): Ndieguene 3-4 0-0 6, Diagne 5-6 1-3 13, Gillis 3-9 0-0 6, Raffa 4-12 3-3 12, Greenwood 1-7 2-2 4, Ashford 1-1 1-1 3, Enanga 4-5 0-0 10, Ljeskovic 1-3 0-0 2, Daniel 0-0 0-0 0, Curtis 3-6 0-1 6. Totals 25-53 7-10 62.

HIGH POINT (13-10): Brown 3-6 4-9 10, Chaney 5-9 5-6 15, McGaughy 4-7 3-4 12, Edwards 5-7 1-3 15, Weary 2-8 4-6 8, Wallace 1-4 0-0 3, McIntyre 0-1 0-0 0, Cugini 0-0 0-0 0, Law 1-1 5-6 7, Simms 0-1 1-2 1, Mikulic 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-45 23-36 74.

Halftime–Coastal Carolina 33-30. 3-Point Goals–Coastal Carolina 5-13 (Enanga 2-2, Diagne 2-3, Raffa 1-4, Gillis 0-4), High Point 7-16 (Edwards 4-5, Mikulic 1-1, McGaughy 1-2, Wallace 1-4, McIntyre 0-1, Weary 0-3). Fouled Out–Ljeskovic, Ndieguene. Rebounds–Coastal Carolina 32 (Diagne 7), High Point 31 (Chaney 7). Assists–Coastal Carolina 11 (Greenwood 4), High Point 16 (Weary 7). Total Fouls–Coastal Carolina 26, High Point 17. A–1,705.

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