Jan. 2, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team will play its final non-conference game of the season Friday night as the Chants host the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University. The Chants and Blue Devils went toe-to-toe just a few weeks ago in New Britain, Conn. with CCU escaping with a 65-62 victory.
Coastal Carolina (6-7) vs. Central Connecticut (4-8)
Friday, Jan. 3 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus Central Connecticut
• The Chanticleers and Blue Devils met for the first time earlier this season with CCU taking a 65-62 victory in New Britain, Conn.
• The Chants and Blue Devils never had more than a six-point lead the entire game and the lead changed hands 24 times.
• Junior Josh Cameron’s four-point play with 22 seconds on the clock helped lift Coastal Carolina to its first road victory of the season. Senior El Hadji Ndieguene hit a pair of free throws with five seconds left to seal the win.
• Cameron led all CCU scorers with 16 points while knocking down a team-high three 3-pointers and hitting all three of his free throws.
Chanticleers Versus NEC Opponents
• Coastal Carolina is 4-2 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents.
• CCU has two wins over NEC opponents this season including its 65-62 victory over Central Connecticut and its 70-59 win over St. Francis Brooklyn earlier this season at home as part of the EA Sports Maui on the Mainland Tournament.
• The Chants also won against St. Francis and Long Island University during the 1986-87 season.
• The Chants two losses against the NEC came versus Fairleigh Dickinson.
New Year’s Opener
• The Chanticleers are 19-14 all-time in their first game following New Year’s Day.
• CCU is 4-2 under head coach Cliff Ellis following the New Year’s holiday.
• Coastal’s most recent post-New Year’s game was a 80-72 victory at Longwood on Jan. 5, 2013.
• The Chants have used five different starting line-ups this season with varying levels of success.
• Only Michel Enanga and Elijah Wilson have been on every starting lineup.
• CCU’s best starting five are Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Ndieguene who are 4-1 when starting together this season.
• CCU’s opening day lineup of Gillis, Smith, Wilson, Enanga and Ljeskovic lasted just one game while the next game’s lineup lasted just a game as well with Smith, Wilson, Enanga, Ljeskovic and Curtis comprising that starting five.
• The starting five of Gillis, Smith, Wilson, Enanga and Ndieguene lasted five games with a 1-4 record.
• CCU’s most recent starting five is Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Curtis. They have played just one game as a starting five falling to SC State.
• Junior Josh Cameron has started the last six games, the first six starts of his career, and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 16.7 points per game over the last six outings. He is shooting 43.1 percent from the field and is 16-36 from 3-point range. He also has a team-high 20 assists over that span.
• In CCU’s most recent win he hit a four-point play with 22 seconds left on the clock which turned out to be the game-winner as the Chants defeated Central Connecticut, 65-62.
• This year’s freshmen class throughout the NCAA was one of the most talked about groups in recent history including Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle, James Young and the Harrison twins of Kentucky, Aaron Gordon of Arizona, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and Kasey Hill of Florida.
• Despite not being one of those “talked about” freshmen, Elijah Wilson currently ranks 10th in the NCAA in scoring among freshmen with his 16.0 points per game. Among the 11 freshmen listed above only Parker and Randle rank ahead of Wilson on the scoring list.
• Three of the top-11 freshmen scorers in the NCAA come out of the Big South Conference including #3 QJ Peterson, VMI (20.8 ppg.), #10 Elijah Wilson, CCU (16.0 ppg.) and #11 Andrew Rowsey, UNCA (15.7 ppg.).
• Freshman Elijah Wilson opened his career with 12-straight games scoring in double-figures.
• He opened the season with 15 points at Akron. He then scored 16 against Guilford, 14 versus Ole Miss, a career-high 25 at Minnesota, 10 against St. Francis Brooklyn, 22 versus Louisiana, 16 at Clemson, 23 versus Western Carolina, 11 against North Carolina Wesleyan, 16 versus Reinhardt, 10 against SC State and 14 at Central Connecticut.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 51 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 456 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 471 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.