Coastal Hosts Gardner-Webb Saturday in South Division Battle

The Chants are riding an eight-game home winning streak


Junior center El Hadji Ndieguene

Feb. 15, 2013

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team hosts Gardner-Webb Saturday evening while riding an eight-game home win streak. Tip-ff is set for 7 p.m. The Runnin' Bulldogs defeated CCU 66-65 in Boiling Springs, N.C. earlier this season and the two teams are currently tied for third in the Big South Conference South Division.

Coastal Carolina (12-11, 7-5 BSC) vs. Gardner-Webb (15-11, 7-5 BSC)
Saturday, Feb. 16 | 7:00 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)

Gardner-Webb is under the direction of third year head coach Chris Holtmann. The Runnin' Bulldogs enter the game with a 15-11 record including a win over Big East member DePaul and a one point loss to nationally-ranked Illinois. The Runnin' Bulldogs defeated the Chants earlier this season 66-65 on a last second layup in Boiling Springs, N.C. GWU has won five of their last six games including two of their last three road games. GWU is led by senior Tashan Newsome who is averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He scored 17 in GWU's first meeting with CCU. Sophomore Donta Harper is second on the team with 12.9 points per game but scored a game-high 18 points against the Chants in January.          

Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb have met just 11 times on the basketball court. CCU holds the series lead at 6-5 and is 6-2 in the last eight meetings. The Chants have won three of the last four meetings in Conway including a 65-63 victory last season. Gardner-Webb downed Coastal 66-65 on a last second layup in Boiling Springs, N.C. earlier this season.

Coastal Carolina is 0-10 in games played on Feb. 16 including 0-4 at home. The Chants most recent Feb. 16 game came in 2009 at home against Liberty, the Chants fell 85-82. CCU has played one overtime game on Feb. 16, a 75-74 loss to Augusta in 1991.

The Chants have won eight-straight home games by an average margin of 20.6 points per game and have held opponents to just 50.6 points per contest. Coastal's last loss at home came on Dec. 6, 2012, against Boston University.

The Chants have out-rebounded all but four opponents this season. CCU leads the Big South and is 24th in the NCAA in rebounding margin at +6.8. Coastal has two players ranked in the top-15 in rebounding in the league, seventh-ranked El Hadji Ndieguene and 13th-ranked Michel Enanga.

Freshman guard/forward Michel Enanga was named The Crons Brand Big South Conference Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week, the league announced on Monday, Feb. 11. The honor is Enanga's first weekly honor in a Coastal uniform and it is the first Freshman of the Week honor for a Coastal men's basketball player since Feb. 28, 2010 when Kierre Greenwood was given the award.

Enanga averaged 11.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two games off the bench for the Chanticleers. He notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, and added a pair of steals in Coastal's win over Charleston Southern. Enanga then had 10 points and five rebounds at High Point. For the week, he was 8-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-3 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the line.

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 461 career assists. Greenwood is now 15th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs nine more to move past Winthrop's Tyson Waterman (469 from 1995-00) for 14th.

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 1,614 points in his college career and 1,343 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 1,117 career points.

The Last Meeting
Coastal Carolina65
January 16, 2013
Paul Porter Arena - Boiling Springs, N.C.
Gardner-Webb Sinks Chants on Last Second Tip-in
Trailing almost the entire contest, the Coastal Carolina men's basketball team used a late rally to overcome an double-digit deficit on the road at Gardner-Webb and take the lead for the first time with 53 seconds left in the game. After some back-and-forth possessions the Chants found themselves up 65-64 with eight seconds remaining. After a timeout, Coastal played tremendous defense and forced a desperation jumper with a second left on the clock. The shot was off the mark but freshman forward Jerome Hill of GWU found the ball midair and tipped it in with .2 seconds left on the clock. The time expired as the ball went through the hoop to give GWU a 66-65 victory at home over the visiting Chanticleers.



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