Jan. 26, 2011
Coastal Carolina (18-2, 9-0) vs. High Point (6-12, 3-6)
Thursday | 1.27.11 | 7:00 p.m.
High Point, N.C. | Millis Athletic and Convention Center (1,750)
CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team continues its four-game road trip Thursday night at 7 p.m. when the Chanticleers travel to High Point, N.C., to take on High Point from the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center.
Coastal Carolina (18-2, 9-0) enters Thursday's game with the third-longest winning streak in the NCAA following the Chants' 58-55 win at Gardner-Webb last Saturday night for the team's 16th straight win.
Junior guard Desmond Holloway scored a career-high 27 points and tied a career-high with three 3-pointers to lead Coastal to the victory. Holloway scored seven points in the final 1:56, which included the game-winning jumper with 45 seconds to play. For his efforts, Holloway was selected as the Big South Player of the Week.
Chad Gray added 10 points and seven rebounds against the Runnin' Bulldogs, while Danny Nieman chipped in with eight points and four assists.
Holloway paces the Chants and ranks second in the Big South Conference with 19.2 points per game and has scored at least 20 points in a game eight different times this season. The Indianapolis, Ind., native is also 12th in the league with 6.0 rebounds per game and second in field goal percentage at 52.8 percent.
Gray is second on the team and 14th in the conference with 13.1 points per game and leads the team and stands 10th in the Big South with 6.3 rebounds per game. Gray also is tied for the team-lead with 31 blocked shots and ranks fourth in the conference with 1.55 rejections per game.
Sophomore forward Sam McLaurin pulls down 6.1 rebounds per game and ranks 11th in the Big South. The Havana, Fla., native has also collected 31 blocked shots this season and ranks second in the league with 1.63 blocks per game.
High Point (6-12, 3-6) begins play Thursday having lost nine of its last 10 games following a 77-49 loss on Saturday at Winthrop. The Panthers only win since Dec. 9 was a 64-60 overtime win at Presbyterian on Jan. 20. High Point is also just 4-3 at home this season and has lost two straight at the Millis Center. In fact, the Panthers have now won a home game since defeating UNC Asheville 76-73 on Dec. 4.
As a team, High Point ranks sixth in the Big South in scoring offense with 66.7 points per game, but has only reached 66 points once in its last seven games. The Panthers also rank second to last in the conference in scoring defense by giving up 73.4 points per game to their opponents. High Point is also ninth in the league in scoring margin at -6.8 points per game.
Individually, junior guard Nick Barbour leads the Panthers and ranks sixth in the Big South with 15.9 points per game. Fellow junior guard Shay Shine is second on the team and 12th in the league with 13.3 points per game. Sophomore forward Corey Law stands sixth in the conference with 7.9 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell has a team-high 26 blocked shots and ranks fifth in the league with 1.53 rejections per game.
Coastal Carolina and High Point will be meeting on the hardwood for the 29th time when the two teams tipoff Thursday evening. Coastal owns a 16-12 lead in the all-time series that dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Chants enter Thursday having won four of the last five meetings with the Panthers, which includes a 78-60 victory earlier this season at Kimbel Arena. Desmond Holloway scored a game-high 21 points in that meeting and led four Chants in double figures. High Point owns an 8-5 lead against Coastal in games played in High Point. The Chants will be looking for their first win at the Millis Center since winning 59-56 during the 2007-08 season.