CCU

Men's Basketball Hosts Radford Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

       

Senior Chris Gradnigo

Senior Chris Gradnigo

Jan. 20, 2012

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (13-5, 6-2 BSC) vs. Radford Highlanders (4-17, 1-8 BSC)
Saturday, Jan. 21 | 2 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | Kimbel Arena (1,039)

MEDIA
TV: None
Radio: The Coastal Carolina - Radford game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Matt Hogue on the call.
Live Stats: GAMETRACKER
Video Stream: Available via BigSouthSports.com

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QUICK NOTES
* After winning three straight games, Coastal dropped its third consecutive game in the UNC Asheville series, 88-81 on Tuesday night.
* As of Thursday, Coastal ranked fifth in field goal percentage (49.9%) and seventh in rebounding margin (+8.6) in the NCAA.
* The Chants have not allowed a team to shoot 50 percent or better through 18 games. The best mark by an opponent is 49.0-percent against Asheville.
* Sam McLaurin set the CCU career blocked shot record on Tuesday night against Asheville giving him 143 blocks.

ABOUT RADFORD
The Highlanders started the season 3-1 but proceeded to drop 15 straight before winning their first conference game on Tuesday night against High Point (85-66)... Radford went 27-of-42 (64.3%) from the field including 10-of-15 (66.7%) from beyond the arc to build a 45-15 lead at the half... Radford fell to Campbell 75-63 on Thursday night, after holding an eight point advantage at the 5:20 mark of the first half and a three point lead at the half... Saturday's game will mark the fifth game played in 10 days and third game this week for the Highlanders... Radford is led by R.J. Price with 11.5 ppg. (14.4 in BSC) and 3.19 assists per game... Javonte Green leads the Highlanders on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game while adding 8.7 ppg... Johnathan Edwards (10.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) who started in 21 games last year and had started the first 12 games of this season has been sidelined since Christmas with a hand injury.

THE SERIES
Radford leads the all-time series between the two schools 34-19... The Chanticleers have won three straight games against the Highlanders including a 77-59 win last season at Kimbel Arena.

BLOCK PARTY
Sam McLaurin recorded one block against Asheville which gave him 24 blocks on the year, breaking the career blocked shot record at Coastal Carolina... McLaurin already holds the first and second spot on the single season blocked shots list... Coastal is currently ranked second in the Conference in blocks per game (4.3)

CLOSING IN ON 1,000
Anthony Raffa is 29 points from totaling 1,000 in his career... After scoring 271 points as a freshman at Albany University, Raffa has totaled 700 points in a Chanticleer uniform... The junior from Sea Isle City, N.J. is leading Coastal Carolina with 16.8 points per game.



LAST TIME OUT

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

UNC Asheville 88, Coastal Carolina 81

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -  J.P. Primm scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as Asheville topped Coastal Carolina, 88-81 Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena.

Coastal trailed UNC Asheville 47-38 at the half after the Bulldogs connected on six 3-pointers while making 13-of-14 from the foul line.

Following a Jeremy Atkinson basket to start the second half Asheville held its largest lead of the night, 49-38.  The Chanticleers would not go away quietly, converting on three Asheville turnovers for a 13-2 run, knotting the game at 51-51 with 14:48 remaining. Jon Pack scored five points and Danny Nieman would nail one of his three 3-pointers during the run to tie the game for the first time in over 20 minutes.

The game wouldn't stay tied long as Asheville countered with a 9-0 run capped off by a crucial foul call on Kierre Greenwood, having to play the last 12:45 of the game with four fouls. Coastal would pull within five on a Sam McLaurin layup with 11:02 left but that would be the closest the Chants would come the rest of the night.

With 4:37 remaining in the game McLaurin swatted a Jeremy Harn layup attempt to pass Joseph Harris for first place on Coastal Carolina's all-time career blocked shots list with 143. McLaurin finished with a team-high 17 points and six rebounds on 7-of-9 from the field.

Pack grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds while also recording a career-high five assists. He would also add a season-high 14 points on 6-of-9 from the field.

Coastal opened the game to an early 10-7 lead at the 16:10 mark of the first half before Asheville went on a 20-6 run to build its first 11-point lead with 8:55 remaining in the period. The Chants would pull back within three on a layup from Anthony Raffa but were held scoreless for the final 2:53 of the half.

Asheville (13-6) improves to 8-0 in the Big South Conference, taking a two-game lead over Coastal Carolina (13-5, 6-2) at the halfway point of the Big South schedule. The Bulldogs have defeated the Chanticleers three-straight games and are off to their best start in conference play since starting the 1997-98 campaign, 8-0.

Asheville made a season-high 31 free throws on 33 attempts (93.9%) while Coastal only attempted 14 foul shots converting on nine of them (64.3%).

The Chants held a 36-26 advantage on the glass and shot 50.8% compared to Asheville's 49.0%. Coastal has still not allowed a team to shoot fifty percent or better this season.

Coastal was called for three fouls on three-point attempts that resulted in 10 points for the Bulldogs.

NOTES

* Sam McLaurin led the Chanticleers in scoring with 17 points against Asheville... It was the first time this year that someone other than Anthony Raffa (10) or Chris Gradnigo (8) led Coastal in points.
* Jon Pack recorded his second double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds... He also set a career-high with five assists
* For the first time this season the Chants had six player score in double-figures.
* 88 points scored by Asheville was the most points Coastal has allowed this season.