Feb. 18, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team heads to Rock Hill Wednesday night to face one of three teams that has defeated the Chants in conference play this season. Coastal dropped a one-point overtime loss to Winthrop University earlier this season at home. Coastal currently holds a two game lead on the South Division with Winthrop, UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb all tied for second with four games remaining on the regular season schedule. The top two finishers in the division receive a free trip to the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Championship Quarterfinals.
Coastal Carolina (16-10, 9-3 Big South) at Winthrop (14-11, 7-5 Big South)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 | 7:00 p.m. | Rock Hill, S.C. | Winthrop Coliseum (6,100)
Coastal Carolina Versus Winthrop
• Coastal Carolina and Winthrop have met 76 times on the basketball court.
• Coastal holds the series lead at 39-37.
• Winthrop has won six of the last 10 meetings and eight of the last 10 played in Rock Hill.
• CCU’s last win over the Eagles came on Feb. 27, 2013 in Conway, 73-54.
• Coastal’s last win in Rock Hill came on Feb. 12, 2011. CCU won 61-56.
Diagne Joins the Lineup
• Sophomore forward Badou Diagne has started the last seven games for the Chants and has averaged 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest during those outings.
• His presence on the boards has been a key factor for the Chants along with being a fourth scoring option for the CCU attack.
• Coastal currently leads the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.4).
• CCU has held opponents at or below 40.0 percent shooting 12 times this season and is 11-1 in those contests.
One of the Best
• Freshman Elijah Wilson tied the CCU freshman scoring record with 420 points and broke the single-season freshman field goals made mark with 161.
• Wilson is tied for most points by a freshman with CCU Hall of Fame member Jack Leasure who scored 420 points during the 2004-05 season.
• Wilson’s 161 made field goals breaks the previous mark of 156 set by William Calvin during the 1984-85 season.
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 16.1 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 43.9 percent from the field and is 48-99 from 3-point range. He also has 60 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.
• 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 6-1 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.
• Elijah Wilson, Josh Cameron and Warren Gillis rank ninth, 11th and 13th in scoring in the conference.
• CCU is one of two teams to have three members in the top-13 in scoring in the conference.
• VMI has the first, fifth and seventh ranked scorers.
• UNC Asheville has two members ranked in the top-13.