Coastal Travels to Liberty to Face the Flames
Jan. 11, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team travels to Lynchburg, Va. Saturday to take on the Liberty Flames in Big South Conference basketball action. The Chants look to remain perfect in BSC play while the Flames are looking for their first conference victory of the season. The game will be broadcast on the Big South Network, ESPN3 and MASN.
Coastal Carolina (7-6, 2-0 BSC) at Liberty (4-12, 0-2 BSC)
Saturday, Jan. 12 | 6:00 p.m. | Lynchburg, Va. | Vines Center (8,085)
Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team" with Matt Hogue on the call
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network
Video Stream ($): Big South Network
Video Stream: ESPN3
Liberty is under the direction of fourth year head coach Dale Layer. The Flames opened the season with eight straight losses before picking up their first win against Southern Virginia at home. They have won three of their last five games including their lone Division I victory a 63-62 win at Western Carolina. Davon Marshall leads the team with 12.1 points per game and also leads the Big South in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.6 percent. John Caleb Sanders and Tavares Speaks each average just over 10 points per contest. JR Coronado is a force inside as he is averaging 8.6 rebounds per contest which ranks third in the Big South.
Coastal Carolina and Liberty have met 49 times on the hardwood. Liberty leads the series 26-23 but CCU has won five of the last six meetings between the two teams. The Chants are 11-15 all-time in Lynchburg and are just 4-6 in their last 10 trips to Liberty. The Flames won the most recent meeting between the two teams, a 61-57 victory in Lynchburg Feb. 23, 2012. The Chants last win at Liberty came Jan. 8, 2011. The last four meetings between the two squads have been decided by an average of just over five points per contest.
The Chanticleers current three-game win streak is the longest win streak of the season. CCU had a two-game streak earlier this season when the Chants defeated Toccoa Falls and Clemson in back-to-back games. Coastal's longest win streak last season was five games when the Chants opened the season 5-0.
ON THIS DATE
Coastal Carolina is 4-6 in games played on Jan. 12 including just 1-4 on the road. The Chants last meeting on Jan. 12 was last season at home against Gardner-Webb. The Chants won 65-63. CCU's last road game on Jan. 12 took place in 2009 at Liberty and the Chants fell 68-55.
Coastal Carolina senior guard Kierre Greenwood became the 22nd player in Big South history with 400 career helpers on Dec. 13 as he dished out eight assists against Toccoa Falls to give himself 403 for his career. He became the third Chanticleer to make the conference's all-time list, joining Robert Dowdell (561 from 1987-91) and Alvin Green (411 from 2000-05). He now has 431 career assists. Greenwood is now 16th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs just 17 more to move past Liberty's Matt Hildebrand (447 from 1991-94) for 15th.
1,000 POINT CLUB
Senior guard Anthony Raffa eclipsed the 1,000 point mark at Coastal with a 26-point performance against Johnson & Wales. He needed just 14 points heading into the game and it took him just 9:40 to reach the 1,000 point milestone. He is now the 17th CCU player to reach mark. Raffa had already eclipsed 1,000 points for his college career heading into the 2012-13 season with his 271 points at Albany combined with his total at Coastal. He now has 1,395 points in his college career and 1,124 in a Coastal uniform.
Kierre Greenwood eclipsed the 1,000 point scoring mark at Coastal with an 11-point performance at home against Presbyterian. He needed just one point going into the game and sunk a free throw with 9:12 left in the first half to reach the milestone. He is now the 18th CCU player to score 1,000 points in a career. He now has 1,010 points.
STEALING THE SHOW
Coastal ranks second in the Big South and 18th in the NCAA in steals. Four players are ranked in the top-15 in steals per game in the Big South including fourth-ranked Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood, 10th-ranked Warren Gillis and 15th-ranked Michel Enanga.
DOUBLE THE FUN
For just the fourth time in program history, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have two 1,000 point scorers on the same team. The first occurrence took place during the 1987-88 season when William Calvin and Derek Wilson played the final four games of the season while both having 1,000 or more career points. During the 1990-91 season the Chants played seven games with three 1,000-point scorers including Brian Penny, Robert Dowdell and DuWayne Cheatam. At the end of the 2006-07 season Jack Leasure and Moses Sonko played 11 games together after both hitting the 1,000-point milestone. With 15 games left in the regular season, seniors Kierre Greenwood and Anthony Raffa have the potential to be the longest running duo of 1,000 point scorers in CCU history. Robert Dowdell and Brian Penny currently hold the record at 14 games.