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Coastal Carolina defeats Georgia Southern 76-64

Dec 30, 2009 - 4:10 AM CONWAY, S.C.(AP) -- Chad Gray scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench to help Coastal Carolina defeat Georgia Southern 76-64 on Tuesday night.

The Chanticleers shot 50.9 percent from the field (27 of 53) and finished December undefeated for the first time in school history.

Coastal Carolina (12-2) finished the month 7-0 and surpassed the win total of last season's 11-20 squad.

Logan Johnson had six assists for the Chanticleers, who finished with 18 assists and eight turnovers.

Mario Edwards scored 13 points and was 3 of 6 from 3-point range for Coastal Carolina, which shot 54.5 percent from long range in the first half (6 of 11).

The Eagles (3-11) pulled within 45-36 with 13:19 left, but the Chanticleers scored six straight points. Gray put Coastal Carolina up 51-36 with 12:15 remaining.

Ben Drayton led Georgia Southern with 17 points and Colby Wohlleb added 15.