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Pirates Without Abrams and Young Lose To Coastal Carolina 59-58

Kierre Greenwood's jumper with 2 seconds left gave Coastal Carolina a 59-58 victory over East Carolina on Saturday, the Chanticleers' seventh straight win.

Desmond Holloway scored 21 points for Coastal Carolina (9-2) and Mike Holmes scored 16, including 12 in the second half.

The lead changed hands four times in the final minute.

After the Pirates (7-4) took a 56-54 lead on Robert Sampson's 3-pointer, Chad Gray hit 1 of 2 free throws and Holmes made a layup to put Coastal ahead 57-56 with 27 seconds left. Corvonn Gaines' layup put East Carolina on top 58-57 at the 0:10 mark.

The Chanticleers scored the game's first 10 points, but the Pirates rallied to lead 25-24 at halftime. East Carolina's Jontae Sherrod scored 10 of his 19 points in the first half.

The win was the 595th in Division I for Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis, breaking a tie with Tom Penders.

The Pirates were without Seniors Brock Young and Jamar Abrams, two of the teams best offensive options.

Abrams fractured his right ankle Friday in practice. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Abrams’ a starter is averaging 11.1 points a game while shooting 43% from beyond the arc.

Brock Young is recovering from a knee injury and did not make the trip. He has not played, or practiced since the December 7th game agaisnt Old Dominion. He could be back as soon as Wednesday when the 7-4 Pirates take on George Washington in D.C.


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