Coastal Carolina routs West Virginia, 109-91
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers got their spurs into West Virginia in a big way in the quarterfinal round of the Roman College Basketball Invitational.
Both teams came to the 16-team tournament with losing records. West Virginia had more losses than any team in the country that was allowed to play in a postseason tournament.
The Mountaineers hosted a first-round game, and defeated Grand Canyon from Phoenix, Arizona.
And then came the debacle against the Chanticleers.
Coastal Carolina set a Coliseum record for points, when it ran roughshod over the Mountaineers. Once leading by 27 points with just over six minutes to play, the boys from Conway, South Carolina settled for a 109-91 win, giving them life into the tournament semifinals.
West Virginia completed a 15-21 season in the shadow of Coastal’s 58.1 percent shooting from the field and 59-point second half. The Chanticleers even had a four rebound advantage.
Now only 17-16 overall, Coastal was paced in scoring by the 32 points from DeVante Jones, but had four other scorers in double figures.
A startling fact from the blowout was that Coastal, which had a 50-36 lead at the half, scored on its first 13 possessions of the second half.
The announced crowd of 6,776 was unable to swallow the total performance, with thousands of disillusioned spectators pouring out into the parking lot long before the end came.
Derek Culver — West Virginia’s usual starting center — reportedly was late getting to the game and was not in the starting lineup. Culver did start the second half, where the Chanticleers seemed unfazed and rollicked along with their 59 points — and totaled 11 points in 18 minutes.
The Coliseum is 49 years old, and had never seen as many as 109 points scored under its concrete shell of a roof.