Feb. 9, 2011
Coastal Carolina (22-2, 13-0) vs. Presbyterian (10-15, 4-9)
Thursday | 2.10.11 | 7:00 p.m.
Clinton, S.C. | Templeton Center (2,500)
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team looks to extend the nation’s second-longest winning streak when the Chanticleers travel to Clinton, S.C., to take on Presbyterian Thursday evening at 7 p.m. from the Templeton Center.
Coastal Carolina (22-2, 13-0) has won 20 straight games following its 99-86 home win over VMI Saturday afternoon from Kimbel Arena. Junior guard Desmond Holloway scored 22 points, pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds and hit a career-best 10 free throws en route to being named Big South Player of the Week for the third time this season.
Holloway is just the third Chanticleer in school history to win the award three times in the same season. Former Coastal standout Tony Dunkin won the award four times during the 1990-91 season, while Joseph Harris also accomplished the feat four times during the 2009-10 season.
Chad Gray also scored 22 points against the Keydets, while Danny Nieman poured in 20 points and six assists. Sam McLaurin registered his third double-double of the season and finished with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Holloway enters Thursday leading the Big South with 19.0 points per game and has scored at least 13 points in every game in which he has played. The Indianapolis, Ind., is also 10th in the conference with 6.3 rebounds per game. He is one of only two players in the Big South to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding.
Gray stands 11th in the league with 13.5 points per game and ninth with 6.3 rebounds per game. The Kingstree, S.C., native is also third in the Big South with 1.38 blocked shots per game. Sophomore Anthony Raffa also averages double figures for the Chants and pours in 10.1 points per game.
McLaurin is second in the Big South with 1.70 blocked shots per game and eighth in the conference with 6.5 rebounds per game. Kierre Greenwood has turned in 103 assists thus far this season and ranks fourth in the league with 4.29 helpers per game.
Presbyterian (10-15, 4-9) enters Thursday having lost three straight games following its 63-62 loss at Gardner-Webb Saturday night. The Blue Hose have not won since defeating Winthrop 76-74 in overtime on Jan. 29 at the Templeton Center. Presbyterian has failed to score more than 62 points in any of its last three games and is losing by an average of 13.7 points per game during the losing streak.
The Blue Hose rank eighth in the Big South in scoring and average 62.0 points per game. Presbyterian, however, does stand fourth in the league in scoring defense by limiting opponents to just 67.6 points per game. The Blue Hose also lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage by shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Blue Hose rank last in the league in rebounding with just 29.6 boards per game.
Individually, sophomore guard Khalid Mutakabbir leads the team and ranks 10th in the Big South with 14.0 points per game. Mutakabbir also leads the team with a .531 three-point field goal percentage. Sophomore forward Jake Troyli is second on the team with 11.0 points per game. Troyli also pulls down a team-leading 4.3 rebounds per game.
Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian will be meeting on the hardwood for just the 14th time when the two teams tipoff Thursday evening inside The Templeton Center. Coastal owns a 7-6 lead in the all-time series with Presbyterian that dates back to the 1974-75 season. The Chants have beaten the Blue Hose three straight times and have won four of the last six meetings. During the three-game winning streak over the Blue Hose, the Chanticleers are winning by an average of 16.7 points per game. Earlier this season, Coastal Carolina beat Presbyterian 60-42 at home behind the 19 points of Gray. The Chanticleers are also 3-2 at Presbyterian and have won three of the last four games at the Templeton Center.