Chanticleers Travel to UNC Asheville Wednesday

CCU and UNCA Battle for Sole Possession of Second in the Big South South Division


Freshman Badou Diagne

Jan. 22, 2013

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team travels to UNC Asheville Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tip. The Chants have lost six of their last 10 trips to Asheville but look to gain sole possession of second in the BSC South Division with the win.  

Coastal Carolina (8-8, 3-2 BSC) at UNC Asheville (9-10, 3-2 BSC)
Wednesday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 p.m. | Asheville, N.C. | Kimmel Arena (3,200)

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)

UNC Asheville is under the direction of 17th-year head coach Eddie Biedenbach. The Bulldogs have won four-straight in Kimmel Arena including their two most recent Big South home contests. UNCA defeated Big East member St. John's earlier this season 72-65 on the road and lost to #15 N.C State 82-80. UNCA has wins over Liberty, Longwood and Radford and losses to Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern in Big South play. The Bulldogs are led by senior Jeremy Atkinson who is averaging 16.9 points 7.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore Keith Hornsby is right behind with 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.      

Coastal Carolina and UNC Asheville have met 62 times on the basketball court. CCU holds the series lead at 32-30 and is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings. The Chants won the most recent meeting between the two teams 74-69 on Feb 14, 2012 in Conway. The Chants are 4-6 in their last 10 trips to Asheville and lost the most recent trip 88-81 last season.   

Coastal Carolina is 3-9 in games played on Jan. 23 including just 1-4 on the road. The Chants last meeting on Jan. 23 was in 2010 at Charleston Southern and the Chants won 64-56. Coastal has played UNC Asheville three times on Jan. 23 and is 2-1 all-time but 0-1 in Asheville.

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 440 career assists. Greenwood is now 16th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs just 8 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 1,487 points in his college career and 1,216 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 1,039 career points.

Coastal ranks second in the Big South and 24th in the NCAA in steals per game with 9.2. 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, 13th-ranked Warren Gillis and 15th-ranked Michel Enanga.

The Last Meeting
UNC Asheville69
Coastal Carolina74
February 14, 2012
Conway, S.C.
Coastal Knocks Off Asheville In Home Conference Finale
Junior guard Anthony Raffa scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half and he nearly single-handedly willed Coastal Carolina to a 74-69 win over UNC Asheville Tuesday at Kimbel Arena, dealing the first-place Bulldogs their first road conference loss of the season.



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