CONWAY, S.C. -- Chad Gray scored a career-high 31 points in a milestone win for Coastal Carolina coach Cliff Ellis, as the Chanticleers eased past Savannah State 91-70 on Saturday.
It was the 568th win for Ellis, moving him into a tie for 12th place for Division I wins among active coaches. Ellis has 646 career wins.
Joseph Harris added 19 points and Danny Nieman had 11 for the Chanticleers (10-2), who have won six straight for the first time since the 2006 season. It's also the earliest Coastal Carolina has posted 10 wins in a campaign since 1981-82.
Savannah State (4-8) traded leads with Coastal Carolina in the first half and trailed 58-50 with 13:18 left. But Nieman sandwiched a pair of free throws around a Gray jumper, sparking a 21-8 run that sealed it for the Chanticleers.
Preston Blackmon scored 19 to lead the Tigers.
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|South Carolina State||12-4||1||19-15|
|North Carolina Central||7-9||6||13-19|
|North Carolina A&T||7-9||6||10-22|