Chants Host Highlanders at 2 p.m. Saturday

Coastal Carolina Looks to Remain Perfect at Home in Conference Play


Senior guard Charles Ashford

Feb. 1, 2013

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team hosts Radford University Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Chants have won four-straight against the Highlanders and look to remain unbeaten at home in conference play.     

Coastal Carolina (9-10, 4-4 BSC) vs. Radford (10-12, 4-4 BSC)
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 2:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)

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)
RU Game Notes (.pdf)

The Highlanders are under the direction of second-year head coach Mike Jones. Radford opened the season with a 12-point loss at Wake Forest before winning five of their next seven contests. RU is coming into today's contest having won three of its last five games including wins over Winthrop and Longwood at home and a win at Gardner-Webb. The Highlanders are being led by sophomore guard R.J. Price who is averaging 14.8 points per game. Sophomore forward Javonte Green leads the team with 7.9 rebounds per game and is also scoring 13.8 points per contest. RU has been without the services of freshman guard Ya Ya Anderson for the last two games due to injury. He was averaging 9.8 points per game off the bench prior to the injury.

Coastal Carolina and Radford have met 54 times on the basketball court. Radford holds the series lead 34-20 but Coastal has won four-straight in the series. The last time RU defeated Coastal came Jan. 14, 2010. The Highlanders won in Conway 62-52. The Chants are 12-15 all-time at home against RU and have won six of the last 10 meetings in Conway.     

Coastal Carolina is 5-8 in games played on Feb. 2 including a 4-1 record at home. The Chants have won three-straight Feb. 2 home games including their most recent Feb. 2 meeting in 2008 against Charleston Southern University. Coastal defeated the Buccaneers 85-78 in overtime. CCU's lone loss at home on Feb. 2 came in 1977 against the College of Charleston. Coastal and Radford have met once on Feb. 2 in 1985 at Radford. The Highlanders won 71-69.

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 446 career assists. Greenwood is now 16th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs just two 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 1,550 points in his college career and 1,279 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 1,072 career points.

Coastal ranks second in the Big South and 20th in the NCAA in steals per game with 9.0. Four players are ranked in the top-15 in steals per game in the Big South including fourth-ranked Anthony Raffa, fifth-ranked Kierre Greenwood, ninth-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 six 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. Fellow freshmen Tristian Curtis, Badou Diagne, Michel Enanga and Ron Trapps were all named to the Dean's List for finishing the semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Last Meeting
Coastal Carolina82
January 21, 2012
Conway, S.C.
Coastal's Hot Shooting Buries Radford, 82-62
Anthony Raffa tied a career-high with 28 points as Coastal cruised to an 82-62 victory over Radford on Saturday afternoon in Kimbel Arena.



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