Conway, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Warren Gillis scored 22 points and Josh
Cameron added 19, as Coastal Carolina captured the Big South title with a
76-61 victory over Winthrop and earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since
The Chanticleers (21-12) had lost their last three Big South championship game
appearances, falling in 2011 to UNC-Asheville and in 2010 and 2006 to
Winthrop. Sunday's victory made Cliff Ellis the 10th coach to take four
different schools to the NCAA Tournament.
Badou Diagne chipped in 17 points and Elijah Wilson contributed 12 for Coastal
Carolina, which was playing on its home floor as the tourney's top seed and
avenged a pair of regular-season losses to Winthrop.
Keon Moore scored 19 points and Joab Jerome finished with 13 for Winthrop
(20-13), which was playing for the fourth time in five days. The Eagles had
beaten Liberty in the first round on Wednesday, then knocked off North top
seed High Point in Friday's quarterfinals and edged UNC-Asheville in
Winthrop fell to 10-2 all-time in the Big South championship game and had won
its last nine in the title contest since a 1993 loss to Coastal Carolina.
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