CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Will Saunders hit five 3-pointers to finish with 16 points and eight rebounds as Charleston Southern cruised past Coastal Carolina 70-58 in a Big South Conference opener Wednesday night.
The Buccaneers (7-7, 1-0) shot 42.9 percent from the field, including a 15-of-27 performance in the first half. Saah Nimley had 15 points and six assists, while Arlon Harper scored 14 and Matt Kennedy added 12, respectively.
Coastal Carolina (7-8, 0-1) was held to 3-of-16 shooting from beyond the arc, but dominated the inside with a 36-14 points in the paint advantage. Josh Cameron had 11 points and Warren Gillis chipped in 10.
Nursing a three-point lead, Charleston Southern surged ahead by hitting 10 of its 13 total 3-pointers in the first half to take a 45-27 lead at the break. Despite shooting just 27.3 percent in the second half, they still led by as much as 23.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.