Coastal Hosts VMI Saturday Morning on ESPNU

The Chanticleers Look to End VMI's Winning Streak


Senior guard Anthony Raffa

Jan. 18, 2013

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team welcomes in VMI Saturday morning at 11 a.m. for a nationally-televised game on ESPNU. The Keydets enter the game with a perfect 4-0 record in Big South play but they have not won in Conway since 2008.

Coastal Carolina (7-8, 2-2 BSC) vs. VMI (9-7, 4-0 BSC)
Saturday, Jan. 19 | 11:00 a.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)

TV: ESPNU with Adam Amin and Brooke Weisbrod on the call
Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team" with Matt Hogue on the call
Live Stats:
Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network

CCU Game Notes (.pdf)
VMI Game Notes (.pdf)

VMI is under the direction of eighth year head coach Duggar Baucom. The Keydets enter the game with a 9-7 record including a perfect 4-0 record in Big South action. The Keydets are riding a five-game winning streak. They are led by Big South Preseason Player of the Year, Stan Okoye, who is averaging a conference-best 20.9 points per game. He also ranks second in the BSC in rebounding with 8.9 boards per game. D.J. Covington is second on the team in points and rebounds with 14.1 and 6.4 per game, respectively. The Keydets lineup has featured the same five starters for every game this season.    

Coastal Carolina and VMI have met 22 times on the basketball court. CCU holds the series lead at 16-6 and is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The Chants lost the most recent meeting between the two teams last season in the Big South Tournament, 85-68, but won the previous eight meetings prior to that loss. VMI's last trip to Conway resulted in a 87-78 victory for the Chants. VMI has not come out victorious in Conway since the 2007-08 season.  

Coastal Carolina is 5-5 in games played on Jan. 19 including 4-1 at home. The Chants last meeting on Jan. 19 was in 2009 at home against UNC Asheville. The Chants won 64-57. CCU has won five-straight Jan. 19 contests with the last loss coming in 2000.

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 1,466 points in his college career and 1,195 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 third-ranked Kierre Greenwood, seventh-ranked Anthony Raffa, 10th-ranked Warren Gillis and 13th-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.

The Last Meeting
Coastal Carolina68
February 29, 2012
Asheville, N.C.
VMI Knocks off Coastal in Big South Quarterfinals
Keith Gabriel scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as VMI knocked down 14 3-pointers to defeat Coastal Carolina 85-68 Wednesday afternoon at Kimmel Arena.



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