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Auburn pulls out the W despite second half rally by the Chants.
Both teams struggled shooting ball early in the sold out HTC center last night. Auburn found a rhythm midway through the first half and jumped out to a 10 point lead. Coastal did a good job on the glass, but struggled shooting the ball from three. This was something the Chants we’re going to need to compete in this one.
The deficite got worse in the second half as the Tiger guards did lit it up from three. With little time to recoup the Chants found themselves in a 17 point hole. That didn’t silence the crowd though. The student section let the visiting coach, Bruce Peral, hear it early and often.
Near the five minute mark, the defense intensified and the chants started making those timely shots that were not falling earlier. Elijah Wilson did his best Steph Curry impersonation from three as he showed the home town crowd that it wasn’t over yet.
Coastal cut it to two points and were forced to foul with under 30 seconds left. Auburn connected on one of two. Coastal had the last shot. Wiggins brought the ball up and missed a contested three.
After losing big time players in Josh Cameron and Warren Gillis, the Chants are going to struggle to fill those shoes and spread the floor like they used to. However, that late comeback proves that this team under head coach and CCU legend Cliff Ellis does not quit and has the potential to give the Myrtle Beach crowd what they’re looking for: another Big South title.