Feb. 25, 2014
CONWAY - With the Big South Conference South Division crown on the line, the Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team hosts a pair of home games to close out the 2013-14 regular season. Coastal currently sits in a three-way tie for first place in the division and needs a pair of wins this week to clinch the number one seed heading into the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Championships. CCU opens the two-game set tomorrow evening against Presbyterian. Coastal defeated the Blue Hose 84-72 earlier this season in Clinton. The game is presented by TD Bank.
Coastal Carolina (16-12, 9-5 Big South) vs Presbyterian (6-23, 2-12 Big South)
Wednesday, Feb. 26 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus Presbyterian
Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian have met 19 times on the hardwood.
CCU leads the series 13-6 including winning the last nine meetings.
The Chants are 6-4 when hosting PC.
Presbyterian's last win against the Chants in Conway came Dec. 3, 2008. PC defeated the Chants 56-53 in overtime.
Climbing the Coaching Ranks
Head coach Cliff Ellis is one win away from tying legendary head coach John Wooden for career wins.
Wooden won 664 games over 29 seasons, 27 of which were at UCLA where he won 10 NCAA Championships.
With a win, Ellis will tie Wooden for 28th all-time in career victories.
Coastal currently leads the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.8).
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 broke the CCU freshman scoring record and the freshman field goals made mark.
Wilson has scored 465 points this season which breaks the record held by CCU Hall of Fame member Jack Leasure who scored 420 points during the 2004-05 season.
Wilson's 174 made field goals breaks the previous mark of 156 set by William Calvin during the 1984-85 season.
Junior Warren Gillis is climbing in the Coastal Carolina record book for free throws made in a season.
Gillis has currently knocked down 120 free throws this season which ranks him fifth on the single season charts.
He needs just five more to tie Robert Dowdell for fourth all-time. Dowdell hit 125 free throws during the 1990-91 season.
If Gillis hits 51 more free throws this season he will tie Dowdell for most all-time. Dowdell hit 171 from the charity stripe during the 1989-90 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 15.4 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 43.0 percent from the field and is 50-106 from 3-point range. He also has 62 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 6-3 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.
The five other starting combinations combined to go 3-7.