Chants Host UNC Asheville in Rare Tuesday Night Battle

Coastal Looks to Rebound from its First Home Loss since Dec. 6, 2012


Freshman Michel Enanga

Feb. 19, 2013

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team hosts UNC Asheville Tuesday evening in a key South Division contest. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Bulldogs defeated CCU 63-60 in Asheville, N.C. earlier this season but are currently riding a two-game losing streak. The Chants look to get back on track after falling to Gardner-Webb 70-63 at home on Saturday.

Coastal Carolina (12-12, 7-6 BSC) vs. UNC Asheville (15-12, 9-4 BSC)
Tuesday, Feb. 19 | 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)

UNC Asheville is under the direction of 17th-year head coach Eddie Biedenbach. The Bulldogs have lost two-straight contests after having their seven-game winning streak snapped by Gardner-Webb on Feb. 13. UNCA defeated Big East member St. John's earlier this season 72-65 on the road and lost to #15 N.C State 82-80. UNCA is currently sitting in second in the Big South Conference South Division standings and have a one-game lead over Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs are led by senior Jeremy Atkinson who is averaging 17.5 points 7.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore Keith Hornsby is right behind with 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.          

Coastal Carolina and UNC Asheville have met 63 times on the basketball court. CCU holds the series lead at 32-31 and is 5-5 in the last 10 meetings. The Chants are 21-12 at home against UNCA but are just 5-5 in the last 10 meetings in Conway. The Bulldogs won the most recent meeting between the two teams, a 63-60 victory in Asheville on Jan. 23. The Chants took the last meeting in Conway 74-69 last season.

Coastal Carolina is 2-5 in games played on Feb. 19 including 1-1 at home. The Chants most recent Feb. 19 game came in 1998 at Winthrop, the Chants fell 52-62. Coastal's last win on Feb. 19 came in 1983 at Newberry, 61-49. CCU's lone home win on Feb. 19 came in 1977 against Limestone, 92-71.

The Chants have out-rebounded all but five opponents this season. CCU leads the Big South and is 23rd in the NCAA in rebounding margin at +6.4. Coastal has two players ranked in the top-15 in rebounding in the league, eighth-ranked El Hadji Ndieguene and 15th-ranked Michel Enanga.

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 466 career assists. Greenwood is now 15th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs four 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 1,636 points in his college career and 1,365 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 1,130 career points.

The Last Meeting
Coastal Carolina60
UNC Asheville63
January 23, 2013
Kimmel Arena - Asheville, N.C.
Bulldogs Slip by Chants, 63-60
The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team fell in a one-possession game for the second-straight road contest. After falling on a last second tip-in at Gardner-Webb in their last road adventure, the Chants fell 63-60 at UNC Asheville and had the ball with a chance to tie the game at the end Wednesday night.



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