CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team started the home
portion of the 2005-06 schedule with a resounding 70-35 victory over visiting
Coker, Nov. 30. With the win, the Chanticleers advanced to 1-2 on the young
season, while the Cobras fell to 1-4.
Both teams were slow offensively in the early going, with CCU taking the early
4-2 lead. CCU pushed it to 10-2 with to go in the half on three-pointers
by guards Jack Leasure and Mario Sisinni. Coker kept it close, cutting it to
two at 14-12 five minutes later, but the Chanticleers put on a 16-5 run to
close out the half and take a 30-17 lead into the halftime lockerroom.
Coastal warmed up offensively in the second half, hitting on 44.8 percent
(13-for-29) of its shots from the field, including going 8-for-16 from the
three-point arc. The Chants scored the first six points of the second half and
continued to build the lead throughout, leading by no fewer than 22 in the last
15 minutes of the game. CCU put the clamps on again in the final stanza,
outscoring the visitors 40-18.
The Chants hit 41.1 percent (23-for-56) from the field for the game, but
limited the Cobras to just 23.1 (9-for-39) percent for the contest. CCU also
outrebounded Coker, 43-28, resulting in 19 second-chance points for Coastal.
The Chanticleers also converted 21 Coker turnovers into 22 points.
Leasure led all scorers with 23 points, 18 of them coming in the second half.
He also set a new career-best and tied the fourth highest single-game total in
school history with seven three-pointers. Forward Moses Sonko added 12, while
guard Pele Paelay chipped in 10. Forwards Matt Brennan and Chad Ferguson tied
for game-high rebounding honors with eight each.
Coker was led by guard Johnny Jackson with 19 points and five rebounds, while
forward Abram Ludd contributed nine points and seven rebounds.