Chanticleers Travel to Gardner-Webb Wednesday

Coastal Looks to Get Back on Track in Big South Play


Freshman Uros Ljeskovic

Jan. 15, 2013

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team will hit the road for Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb University Wednesday night. The Chants have won three-straight games at Gardner-Webb dating back to the 2009-10 season.        

Coastal Carolina (7-7, 2-1 BSC) at Gardner-Webb (9-8, 1-2 BSC)
Wednesday, Jan. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Boiling Springs, N.C. | Paul Porter Arena (3,500)

Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team" with Matt Hogue on the call
Live Stats:
Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network
Video Stream ($): Big South Network

CCU Game Notes (.pdf)

Gardner-Webb is under the direction of third-year head coach Chris Holtmann. The Runnin' Bulldogs enter the game with a 9-8 record including a win over BIG EAST member DePaul and a one-point loss to nationally-ranked Illinois. The Chants and Runnin' Bulldogs have one common opponent, Tennessee Tech. The Chants lost to TTU 71-69 on the road while GWU defeated TTU 61-41 at home. GWU is 1-2 in Big South play but one of those losses was a triple overtime defeat at preseason north division favorite Campbell. The Runnin' Bulldogs are led by sophomore wing player Donta Harper who is averaging 14.0 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds. Senior guard Tashan Newsome and sophomore guard Max Landis are each averaging double-digits in scoring while senior forward Kevin Hartley leads the team in rebounding with 6.2 caroms per game. 

Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb have met just 10 times on the basketball court. CCU holds the series lead at 6-4 and is 6-1 in the last seven meetings. The Chants lost their first two trips to Boiling Springs, N.C., but have since won three in a row. The Chants most recent trip to GWU resulted in a 70-56 victory last season.  

The Last Meeting
Coastal Carolina70
January 28, 2012
Boiling Springs, N.C.
Coastal Runs Past Gardner-Webb 70-56
Anthony Raffa scored 24 of his career-high 32 points in the second stanza as Coastal Carolina rallied from a nine-point second half deficit to defeat Gardner-Webb 70-56 Saturday night at Paul Porter Arena.

Coastal Carolina is 7-1 in games played on Jan. 16 including 2-0 on the road. The Chants' last meeting on Jan. 16 was in 2010 at home against High Point. The Chants won 75-58. CCU's lone loss on Jan. 16 came in 1993 at home to Towson State, 77-74.

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 432 career assists. Greenwood is now 16th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs just 16 more to move past Liberty's Matt Hildebrand (447 from 1991-94) for 15th.

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 the 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 1,441 points in his college career and 1,170 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 became the 18th CCU player to score 1,000 points in a career and now has 1,037 career points.

Coastal ranks second in the Big South and 16th in the NCAA in steals. Four players are ranked in the top-15 in steals per game in the Big South including fourth-ranked Kierre Greenwood, seventh-ranked Anthony Raffa, ninth-ranked Warren Gillis and 12th-ranked Michel Enanga.

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 was during the 1987-88 season when William Calvin and Derek Wilson played the final four games of the season when both had 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. Near the end of the 2006-07 season Jack Leasure and Moses Sonko played 11 games together after both hitting the 1,000-point milestone. Seniors Kierre Greenwood and Anthony Raffa have played two games together as 1,000-point scorers and 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.  

Freshman forward Uros Ljeskovic had an eventful fall semester. While working his way into the starting line-up he dominated off the court getting a perfect 4.0 in the classroom. For his hard work he was recognized as a member of the President's List. He was one of 20 CCU student-athletes to earn a perfect 4.0 in the fall.



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