Coastal Carolina wins 2014 Big South basketball tournament: Chanticleers roll past Winthrop, 76-61

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The Chanticleers punched their ticket for the NCAA Tournament, dominating from the opening tip.

Coastal Carolina is headed the NCAA Tournament, winning the Big South Tournament over Winthrop, 76-61. The Chanticleers never trailed, shooting 58 percent from the field in the win.

Josh Cameron scored 19, including three triples in six attempts. Center El Hadji Ndieguene had a workmanlike effort, scoring just four points but grabbing 10 rebounds. Coastal Carolina finished the regular season 11th in the nation in rebounding, and Ndieguene was a big part of that.

Winthrop came up short, shooting just 8-26 on three-point attempts and just 32 percent as a team. Keon Moore did his best to keep the Eagles in it, with 10 of his 19 points coming in the second half. Winthrop had defeated Coastal Carolina in both of the teams' previous meetings this season.

Carolina finished the regular season 11-5, good enough to finish first in the South Division of the conference. The Chanticleers entered the tournament with a first-round bye, awarded to the top-two finishers in each division. The Chanticleers are expected to be part of the Opening Round of the NCAA Tournament, where the field of 68 will be whittled down to 64.

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