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  • Brendan Donoghue

Historic performance from Coastal men's basketball leads to spot in CBI Semifinals

In one of the team’s best performances of the season, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers by a final score of 109-91 to advance to the semifinals of the CBI tournament on Monday, March 25 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

CCU’s 109 points broke the record for most points scored by an opponent at the WVU Coliseum, along with being a season-high in points for the Chanticleers. Since WVU Coliseum opened in 1970, only three teams have come into WVU Coliseum and scored 100 or more points. Illinois State dropped 105 points on the Mountaineers in March of ’75. A Kentucky squad led by hall of fame coach Adolph Rupp came into Morgantown and scored 106 back in 1970. But the record goes to Notre Dame, who scored 107 points in February 1971.

For almost a half-century that record stood… until Monday night.

Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Devante Jones lit up the court as he dropped a career-high 32 points to along with seven rebounds. Jones scored 20 of those 32 points in the first half alone.

Jones was not the only Chanticleer to rack up the point total as five other Chanticleers eclipsed the double-digit scoring mark. Tommy Burton posted a career-high 16 points while senior Zac Cuthbertson scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Both Ajay Sanders and Tyrell Gumbs-Frater scored 11 points.

Ebrima Dibba scored 14 points while also dishing out eight assists, making it the 12th time this season that Dibba has dished out five or more assists.

WVU also had six players score double-digit points, with Emmitt Matthews and Lamont West contributing 21 points each.

Coastal Carolina marched to victory by out-shooting West Virginia for the game (58.1 percent to 41.9 percent), from three-point range (46.4 percent to 31.3 percent), and from the free-throw line (83.3 percent to 82.6 percent). The Chants also pulled down four more boards than the Mountaineers, out-rebounding WVU 41-37.

A hot start proved to be the difference, a CCU took a 50-36 lead into halftime, and then outscored WVU 59-55 in the second half en route to the victory.

With the record-breaking win, Coastal Carolina earned themselves a shot at DePaul University in the semifinals as they travel to Chicago for an 8 p.m. ET tip-off on Wednesday, March 27.

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