Feb. 4, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team hosts High Point University in another North/South battle tomorrow night inside The HTC Center. The Chants are currently 3-0 against North Division opponents while the Panthers are 3-0 against South Division foes. Coastal is riding a four-game winning streak while the Panthers have won three straight. Both teams sit atop their respective divisions midway through the conference race. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.
Coastal Carolina (13-9, 6-2 Big South) vs. High Point (9-12, 5-3 Big South)
Wednesday, Feb. 5 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus High Point
• Coastal Carolina and High Point have met 32 times on the basketball court.
• Coastal holds the series lead 18-14 and has won six of the last 10 meetings.
• The Panthers have won the last two meetings in the series, a 70-65 win in Conway on Feb. 9, 2012 and a 74-62 victory in High Point Feb. 9, 2013.
• Coastal’s most recent win at home over the Panthers came during the 2010-11 season. The Chants took a 78-60 victory in that meeting.
Enanga Works Hard in the Classroom
• Sophomore forward Michel Enanga was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
• Enanga carries a 3.57 GPA in computer science.
• Enanga is just the fourth student-athlete and sixth selection in Coastal Carolina men’s basketball program history following in the footsteps of Jack Leasure (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08), Logan Johnson (2009-10) and Sam McLaurin (2011-12).
• Junior Josh Cameron earned a starting spot eight games into the season and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and is 39-81 from 3-point range. He also has 47 assists over that span.
• In CCU’s win on the road at Central Connecticut he hit a four-point play with 22 seconds left on the clock which turned out to be the game-winner as the Chants defeated CCSU, 65-62.
• In Coastal’s win over UNC Asheville he scored a career-high 29 points which included him hitting his first five 3-point attempts before finishing 5-6 from 3-point range.
• The Chants have used seven different starting lineups this season with varying levels of success.
• CCU’s most recent starting five are Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Diagne and Ndieguene who are 3-0 when starting together this season.
• CCU’s starting five with the most wins are Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Ndieguene who are 7-2 when starting together this season.
• CCU’s opening day lineup of Gillis, Smith, Wilson, Enanga and Ljeskovic lasted just one game while the next game’s lineup lasted just a game as well with Smith, Wilson, Enanga, Ljeskovic and Curtis comprising that starting five.
• The starting five of Gillis, Smith, Wilson, Enanga and Ndieguene lasted five games with a 1-4 record.
• The starting five of Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Curtis went 1-1.
• Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Ljeskovic are 0-1 as a starting five.
• This year’s freshmen class throughout the NCAA was one of the most talked about groups in recent history including Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle, James Young and the Harrison twins of Kentucky, Aaron Gordon of Arizona, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and Kasey Hill of Florida.
• Despite not being one of those “talked about” freshmen, Elijah Wilson currently ranks 13th in the NCAA in scoring among freshmen with his 15.8 points per game. Among the 11 freshmen listed above only Parker, Randle and Wiggins rank ahead of Wilson on the scoring list.
• Three of the top-13 freshmen scorers in the NCAA come out of the Big South Conference including #1 QJ Peterson, VMI (21.1 ppg.), #5 Andrew Rowsey, UNCA (18.5 ppg.) and #13 Elijah Wilson, CCU (15.8 ppg.).
• Freshman Elijah Wilson opened his career with 12 straight games scoring in double-figures.
• He opened the season with 15 points at Akron. He then scored 16 against Guilford, 14 versus Ole Miss, a career-high 25 at Minnesota, 10 against St. Francis Brooklyn, 22 versus Louisiana, 16 at Clemson, 23 versus Western Carolina, 11 against North Carolina Wesleyan, 16 versus Reinhardt, 10 against SC State and 14 at Central Connecticut.
• He has now scored in double-figures in 20 of the 22 games this season.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 70 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 474 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 490 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.