HARTSVILLE, S.C. – In one of the lowest scoring games in Coker men’s basketball history, the Cobras picked up a 46-38 win over Erskine College in Conference Carolinas men’s basketball action on Wednesday night.
Vatrick Thompson (Columbia, S.C.) and Ryan Aijian (Santa Barbara, Calif.) were the only players on either team to score in double figures, while Liam Kyle (Cleveland, Ohio) was a forced to be reckoned with on the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds, 13 of which came on the defensive end of the court.
Both teams had off nights shooting with the Fleet holding a slight advantage on shooting percentages from the field, 36-27. But it was Coker the held the advantage on the boards (38-34) and on shots from the charity stripe; Coker shot 76.9 percent compared to Erskine’s 62.5 percent.
After a very slow first half, Coker took an 18-11 lead into the break. The Cobras built on the seven point lead and led by as much as 19 with just under 13 minutes left to play. However, the Fleet would not be shut down narrowing the lead to just five points with a minute and a half to play. A Thompson layup and a defensive stop gave the Cobras a seven point advantage and put the game out of Erskine’s reach with just 30 seconds remaining.
A trio of Fleet players were within a basket of double figures; Chris Gore, Brandon Quarles and Travis Liner each had eight points to lead Erskine.
Coker hits the hardwood again on Saturday for a Conference Carolinas game at Belmont Abbey College. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.