Minnesota 75, Coastal Carolina 57
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Dan Coleman scored 14 points off the bench and J’son Stamper and Spencer Tollackson each added 13 as Minnesota overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Coastal Carolina 75-57 on Saturday.
The Chanticleers (1-3) built an early double-digit lead thanks to a flurry of 3-pointers. But Coastal Carolina went cold from the perimeter soon after and couldn’t hit much else for the rest of the game as the Gophers (3-2) closed off the lane and found their own shooting touch.
The Chanticleers shot 40 percent from the floor (22-for-54) and committed 24 turnovers. Minnesota turned the ball over 18 times, but shot 26-for-48 from the field (54 percent) and went 19-for-27 from the free-throw line. Coastal Carolina attempted only six foul shots, making three.
Early in the game, it appeared the Gophers might be headed for a repeat of their loss to unheralded Gardner-Webb earlier in the week. The Runnin’ Bulldogs hit 12 3-pointers against the Gophers in their 73-72 win on Monday.
On Saturday, Coastal Carolina opened the game scoring its first 15 points off threes from Pele Paelay (3), Steve Sexton (1) and Mario Sisinni (1). Seven of the Chanticleers’ 10 field goals in the first half were threes.
Paeley’s three-point play with 7:02 left in the half gave Coastal Carolina a 26-16 lead, but Minnesota reeled off a 20-0 run. Adam Boone, Jamal Abu-Shamala and Coleman hit consecutive threes, and Coleman’s layup with 4:08 to play in the half gave the Gophers a 27-26 lead. Minnesota held Coastal Carolina scoreless for nearly seven minutes—Chad Ferguson’s short jumper with 18 seconds left broke the drought to make it 36-28, but Minnesota’s Brandon Smith finished the half with a two-handed dunk over a defender to bring the crowd to its feet.
Paeley led the Chanticleers with 23 points and Jack Leasure added 14. Coastal Carolina finished the game with 10 3-pointers—the school record is 13 against Radford in the 1992-93 season.
Gophers guard Rico Tucker saw his first action of the season after being on academic lockdown. Tucker, who entered the game to a nice ovation, finished with 10 points and six steals before fouling out. Tucker had a breakaway dunk at 15:10 of the second half to give Minnesota a 49-31 lead.
Minnesota played without Moe Hargrow, who left Wednesday’s loss at Maryland with a leg injury.