Towson win streak shot down

February 14, 1994|By Special to The Sun

CONWAY, S.C. -- Junior guard KeKe Hicks scored a game-high 26 points to lead hot-shooting Coastal Carolina (13-8, 8-5) to a 105-89 Big South Conference victory over Towson State (14-8, 9-3) yesterday.

The loss ended the Tigers' six-game winning streak and dropped them out of first place in the Big South. The Tigers are a half-game behind co-leaders Campbell and Radford, each of whom has a 10-3 league record.

The game had been scheduled for Saturday night but was postponed to yesterday afternoon to accommodate Towson State's travel problems caused by the weather.

The Tigers fell behind early as Coastal Carolina took a 54-37 half time lead, hitting eight of 14 three-point attempts before intermission.

In the second half, the Chanticleers extended their lead to 78-59 with 10:34 remaining before a Tigers' rally cut the lead to 84-75 with 5:59 left. But the defending Big South champions responded with a 9-0 run to put the game away and beat Towson State for the first time in four games.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Chanticleers, led by Hicks' 26 points (6-for-13 from three-point range). Senior forward Mohammed Acha added 22 points with a game-high 13 rebounds and Phillip Richards connected on six of eight from three-point range to score 24 points.

Junior forward Larry Johnican added 12 points and senior guard Joey Hart scored 13 for Coastal Carolina, which shot 54 percent from the field, including 14-for-25 from three-point range.

The Tigers were led by junior guard Scooter Alexander, who had 20 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Ralph Blalock added 17 points and senior Matt Campbell had a season-high 17 points. Sophomore guard Quintin Moody also scored a career-high 15 points for the Tigers.

Coach Terry Truax's team will come right back tonight with another Big South road game. The Tigers will be facing Charleston Southern at the North Charleston Coliseum at 7:30 p.m.

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