Coastal Hosts Longwood Saturday Afternoon

The Chants Look to Hold Onto the Top Spot in the South Division


Senior Eric Smith

Senior Eric Smith

Feb. 7, 2014

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team welcomes Longwood University to Conway for the first time in program history. The Chants and Lancers have met twice on the hardwood but both games took place in Farmville, Va. Coastal remains in a tie for first in the Big South Conference South Division with seven regular season games remaining. A finish in the top two spots in the division ensures the Chants a trip to Big South Conference Championship Quarterfinals.     

The Last Meeting
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January 5, 2013
Willett Hall - Farmville, Va.
Veterans Lead Coastal in Big South Opener
The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team picked up its first road win and conference win of the season Saturday afternoon inside Willett Hall in Farmville, Va. The Chanticleers downed first -year Big South member Longwood 80-72 in a closely fought affair. Seniors Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood along with sophomore Warren Gillis led the Chants with 26, 19 and 21 points, respectively.

Coastal Carolina (13-10, 6-3 Big South) vs. Longwood (7-17, 2-7 Big South)
Saturday, Feb. 8 | 2:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)

Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team"
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Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network
Video Stream: Big South Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports, @Chants365

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Coastal Carolina Versus Longwood
• Coastal Carolina and Longwood have met twice on the basketball court.
• Each team has one win in the series.
• Both meetings took place in Farmville, Va. CCU lost the first meeting during the 1984-85 season, 89-72. Coastal won the most recent meeting last season, 80-72.

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).

Defensive Pressure
• Coastal currently leads the Big South in field goal percentage defense (41.0).
• CCU has held opponents at or below 40.0 percent shooting 10 times this season and are 9-1 in those contests.

Cameron Arrives
• Junior Josh Cameron earned a starting spot eight games into the season and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 16.1 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and is 41-87 from 3-point range. He also has 50 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.
• From Nov. 29 through Feb. 5, Cameron held a 16-game double-digit scoring streak.

Starting Five
• 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 3-1 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.

Freshmen Phenoms
• 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.), t-#4 Andrew Rowsey, UNCA (18.7 ppg.) and #13 Elijah Wilson, CCU (15.8 ppg.).

Hot Start
• 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 21 of the 23 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.