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Men's Basketball Ends Regular Season at Winthrop Saturday Afternoon

       

Men's Basketball Ends Regular Season at Winthrop Saturday Afternoon

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Chants End Regular Season with Road Trip to Winthrop         The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (11-18, 5-12 Big South) ends the 2008-09 regular season Saturday, Feb. 28 at Winthrop (10-18, 8-9 Big South) at 2 p.m., in the Winthrop Coliseum. The game can be heard in Myrtle Beach on THE TEAM 93.9 FM with Matt Hogue on the call. The game also will be video streamed on THE EDGE at www.BigSouthSports.com. The Chanticleers are looking to snap their three-game losing streak tonight after falling to Charleston Southern 63-59 Feb. 26.   A Coastal Carolina Win Would... - Give Head Coach Cliff Ellis his 637th career win and his 25th with the Chanticleers. - Secure the seventh seed for the upcoming Big South Tournament.  - Give the Chants their first road win over the Eagles since the 2005-06 season. - Give the Chants the second road win of the season in Big South play. Coastal Carolina defeated High Point 70-68.     Storylines - Redshirt junior Joseph Harris is making a run for the single-season rebounding record at Coastal Carolina. He now has 328 rebounds in 2008-09 following his 13-rebound game at Charleston Southern Feb. 26. The record is 356 set by Forrest Junck in 1978-79. - Coastal Carolina knows it is going either to Radford or VMI for the first round of the Big South Tournament. That game will be played Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. A win would secure a trip to VMI, while a loss and a two-way tie with Charleston Southern and a three-way tie with CSU and High Point would send the Chants to the eighth seed.   Scouting Winthrop       The Eagles came back from a 27-point deficit Feb. 24 against Charleston Southern, coming away with a 57-52 victory Feb. 24 in Rock Hill. Freshman Andre Jones led Winthrop with 19 points, while George Valentine added 13 points. Charles Corbin leads Winthrop, averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.   Series vs. Winthrop         Coastal Carolina leads the overall series with the Eagles 34-31. The Chants came away with a 78-69 win over Winthrop Jan. 24 in Conway behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune). Coastal Carolina is 11-21 against Winthrop in Rock Hill.   Chants Fight Back Against UNCA         Coastal Carolina was down 56-33 with 12:38 left against UNC Asheville Feb. 21. The Chanticleers stormed back, cutting the Bulldog lead to 63-60 with 3:40 remaining on a three-pointer from senior Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County). The Bulldogs would have an answer, however, ending the game on an 11-3 run to take the 74-63 win.   Harris Goes for 30-Plus         For the third time this season, redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) scored more than 30 points in a game. This time, Harris was 13-of-17 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line for 32 points in the 74-63 loss to UNC Asheville. Harris has now scored 30 or more points four times in his Coastal Carolina career, with three of them coming against VMI.     Edwards Dishes a Dime Full of Dimes         Junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) dished out 10 assists in the 85-82 loss to Liberty Feb. 16. Edwards is the first Chanticleer to have 10 assists in a game since Colin Stevens did it Feb. 4, 2006. Edwards made it a double-double by scoring 11 points. The 10 assists are the fifth-highest output in the Big South this season.   Moore Gets Close to Shooting Record         Freshman Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Hargrave Military) was one three-pointer away from a school record in the 85-82 loss to Liberty Feb. 16. Moore was 9-of-13 from three-point range and scored 29 points against the Flames. It was a career high for the freshman, who just missed the school mark of 10 set by KeKe Hicks at Georgia Tech Nov. 28, 1994.   Harris a Monster in VMI Win         Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) had 33 points, 22 rebounds and six assists in the 100-97 win over VMI Feb. 14. He set career highs in points and rebounds and tied a career high in assists. Harris tied Coastal Carolina’s single-game rebounding record with Moses Sonko’s performance Feb. 3, 2007 against VMI. Harris was 16-of-26 from the floor and had nine offensive rebounds. He also assisted on junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) three-pointer as time expired to give the Chants the three-point win. Harris now leads the Big South, averaging 11.3 rebounds per game to go along with his 15.6 scoring average.   And Speaking of Edwards         Junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) also had a career high with 28 points, but none was more important than his three-pointer as time expired to give the Chanticleers the 100-97 win over VMI Feb. 14. Edwards was 11-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-6 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He also had five assists in his second straight game at point guard and had a team-high three steals, including a big steal and layup with 2:18 remaining.   Chants Blister the Nets in First Half of VMI Win         The Chanticleers made 18 of its first 20 shots and ended the half shooting 66.7 percent (22-of-33) in their 100-97 win over VMI Feb. 14. That included going 4-of-5 from three-point range. Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) was 10-of-13 from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Coastal Carolina ended the game shooting 59.2 percent, which is second-best on the season.   Chants Give Valiant Effort at Radford         Coastal Carolina went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the Big South on the road Feb. 9 in a 71-67 overtime loss to Radford. Despite playing only six players more than 11 minutes of action, the Chanticleers forced 17 turnovers and had 13 assists. Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) had 14 points and 14 rebounds, while classmate Logan Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn./South Doyle) added 14 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Hargrave Military) had a game-high 22 points.   Moore On Fire the Last Two Games         Freshman Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Hargrave Military) had 19 first-half points on his way to a career-high 23-point night in the 70-68 win over High Point Feb. 7. Moore was 7-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-8 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes. He followed that game with a 22-point, four-assist performance at Radford Feb. 9. Moore was 9-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-7 from three-point range. Moore is averaging 7.1 points per game.   Harris Hosts Block Party         Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) is now second in career blocked shots in Coastal Carolina history. Harris has 109 blocks in his career after recording one against Charleston Southern Feb. 26. The blocked shots record is 112, set by DeWayne Cheatam from 1987-91. Harris also is second in career rebounds with 792, and is first in field-goal percentage (.581).    Sisinni From Three For the Win         Senior Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) hit the game-winning three-pointer with eight seconds remaining to give Coastal Carolina the 70-68 win over High Point Feb. 7. It was Sisinni’s second career game-winning bucket, as his layup beat Radford at home last season 76-75. It also was Coastal Carolina’s first win in eight tries in a game decided by five points or less.   Sisinni Goes For Career Night Against Presbyterian         Senior Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) was 12-of-14 from the floor, 5-of-7 from three-point range and 5-of-9 from the free-throw line, scoring a career-high 34 points in the 65-62 loss to Presbyterian Feb. 4. Sisinni scored 26 points in the second half and had the final eight points for the Chants in the last 47 seconds. Sisinni’s previous high was 20 points at VMI Jan. 12 and his scoring average moved up from 9.2 to 10.2 points a game.   Sisinni Moves Into Top-10 List in Assists         Senior Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) had four assists in the 71-69 loss to Charleston Southern Jan. 31. That gave him 261 assists for his career, moving him past Greg Smith (1994-97) for 10th place on Coastal Carolina’s all-time list. Sisinni becomes the third Chant this decade to move into the top-10 list (Alvin Green and Jack Leasure) and needs 14 more assists to move into ninth place.   Sexton Sizzling in Gardner-Webb Game         Senior Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) was on fire in the 79-74 loss to Gardner-Webb Jan. 28. Sexton scored the Chants first 14 points, was 8-of-14 from the field, 6-of-12 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line for a career-high 25 points. Sexton also set career highs in field goals made and attempted and three-point field goals made and attempted.   Chants Lights Out in Winthrop Win         Coastal Carolina shot a season-high 59.5 percent in its 78-69 win over Winthrop Jan. 24. The Chants shot a blistering 61.9 percent in the second half with redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) going 7-of-11 from the field. Junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) was 5-of-6 from the floor for 11 points. The last time the Chants shot that well in a game was Jan. 16, 2007 in a 99-97 win over VMI. Coastal Carolina shot 60.7 percent in that win.   Harris in Select Company         Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) is now one of seven players in Big South history to record 600 rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocked shots after recording a block in the 78-69 win over Winthrop Jan. 24. Harris is the only Chanticleer to accomplish this feat and the first in the Big South since Chris Oliver of Radford (2003-07).   Breeze a Beast in UNCA Win         Sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) scored 15 points and added a career-high 15 rebounds in the 64-57 win over UNC Asheville Jan. 19.   Breeze had eight offensive rebounds and was 6-of-9 from the field. The sophomore is averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.   Rebounds the Story at Gardner-Webb         The Chanticleers were outrebounded 44-32 at Gardner-Webb Jan. 17. Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) led the team with 11, but the next highest Chant had three. Gardner-Webb’s Joshua Henley had 18 rebounds, while the Bulldogs had 20 offensive boards.    Turnovers Hurt Chants in Loss to Liberty         Coastal Carolina had 19 turnovers, 14 in the second half, in the 68-55 loss to Liberty Jan. 12. The Chanticleers led by as much as eight points in the first half, while committing only three turnovers in the first 19 minutes. Liberty went on a 13-2 run, helped by two Chants turnovers in the final minute, then the Chants had 10 turnovers in the final 10 minutes while being outscored 16-9.   Another Double-Double for Harris         Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) recorded his eighth double-double on the year in the 68-55 loss to Liberty Jan. 12. Harris had 19 points and 11 rebounds in recording his second straight double-digit rebounding performance and his sixth straight double-digit scoring output. Harris is averaging 15.6 points a game.   VMI Game News and Notes         As is the case in most games against VMI, the Chanticleers had plenty of interesting notes that came out of the 103-102 loss against the Keydets...Coastal Carolina came into the game averaging 68.1 points per game as the Chanticleers scored 34 points above its season mark... Coastal Carolina’s 56 second-half points was four more than it had in the whole game vs. Radford Jan. 5... The Chanticleers set or tied 14 career highs in the game, including senior Mario Sisinni’s (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) 20 points and redshirt junior Joseph Harris’ (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) 16 rebounds... Coastal Carolina had 58 points in the paint and 31 points from its bench... The 29 assists by the Chants were just three off a school record, set Dec. 28, 2005 against Ohio Valley... Coastal Carolina has now averaged 98.4 points in its last five contests against the Keydets... Coastal Carolina set season highs in points, field goals attempted and made, rebounds and assists.   Harris Named Big South Co-Player of the Week         Coastal Carolina junior forward Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) and VMI senior guard Chavis Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) were named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for games played Dec. 22-Jan. 4, it was announced by the Conference office.         Harris averaged 13.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in three wins, helping the Chanticleers improve to 7-7 on the season. He posted a double-double in each game and became the 28th player in Big South history to pull down 600 career rebounds. Harris started the week by scoring 11 points and adding 12 rebounds and four assists in a 63-55 win over East Carolina, then added 13 points and 11 boards in a victory over Emmanuel College. He concluded the week with 17 points and 12 rebounds in a Big South win over High Point. Harris, who also had two steals in each game, was 17-of-27 from the floor ( .630) and averaged 4.7 offensive rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.   Sexton Goes for Career High In High Point Win         Senior Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) had a career-high 22 points in the 82-69 win over High Point Jan. 3. The senior was 6-of-12 from the floor, 4-of-9 from three-point range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. He beat his previous high of 18, set Dec. 13 against Southern Virginia.   Sisinni Perfect From the Charity Stripe         Senior Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in Coastal Carolina’s 63-55 win over East Carolina Dec. 28. Sisinni scored 15 points, had five rebounds and two assists in the win. He set career highs in free-throw makes and attempts and is now 49-of-61 (80.3 percent) from the line this season.   Harris, Breeze Double Up The Boards         Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) and sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) had 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively, in the 63-55 win over East Carolina Dec. 28. Harris earned his fourth double-double of the year while Breeze had a season high in rebounds and was one carom away from tying a career high. Harris currently leads the Big South in rebounding (11.3).   Rebounding a Big Key In Georgia State Win         Coastal Carolina outrebounded Georgia State 38-27 in the 69-52 win over the Panthers Dec. 20. The Chants limited Georgia State to just three offensive rebounds in the first half, while sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) led the Chants with nine caroms.   Sisinni Goes for a Career High in Georgia State Win         Senior Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) scored a career-high 17 points in the 69-52 win over Georgia State Dec. 20. He hit three three-pointers and was 4-of-5 from the free-throw line in the win over the Panthers. He also had a season high with five field goals and upped his season average to 6.5 points per game.   Edwards Perfect on Weekend         In Coastal Carolina’s two wins over Southern Virginia and Virginia-Wise, junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) was a perfect 11-of-11 from the field. This included going 7-of-7 from three-point range. Edwards had 23 points in the Virginia-Wise win and added seven rebounds and three assists. He is averaging 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds a game.   Pack on Track         Redshirt freshman Jon Pack (Dallas, Ga./East Paulding) was 6-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the line for a career-high 15 points in the 90-51 win over Virginia-Wise Dec. 14. Pack also had six rebounds on the game after grabbing a career-high nine against Southern Virginia.   Sexton Hits Threes and Dishes Rock in SVU Win         Senior Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) scored a career-high 18 points and tied a career-high with six assists in the 89-59 win over Southern Virginia Dec. 13. Sexton was 5-of-9 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in 27 minutes of action. He also dished out six assists, which was a team high. Sexton is now averaging 8.9 points and 1.8 rebounds a game.   Chants Go in Extra Time For Second Time         Coastal Carolina is now 1-2 in overtime games this season after falling to Radford 71-67. Earlier in the year, Coastal Carolina defeated Western Illinois 69-60 in overtime and fell to Presbyterian 56-53. Coastal Carolina is 2-2 in overtime under Head Coach Cliff Ellis and is 23-19 in school history in extra frames.   Breeze Goes Global         Sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. Breeze averaged 12.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in the four tournament games. He scored nine points in the last 2:14 of regulation and overtime of the 69-60 win over Western Illinois. His tip-in with two seconds left sent the game into overtime against the Leathernecks. Breeze led the Chanticleers with 15 points against North Carolina A&T. Florida State’s Toney Douglas was named the Most Valuable Player of the Global Sports Classic.   Harris Stuffs Stat Sheet in Western Illinois Win         Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) had a season-high 27 points and made it a double-double with 13 rebounds in the 69-60 overtime win over Western Illinois Nov. 28. Harris was 12-of-16 from the floor and had three steals and two blocked shots on the night. Sixteen of Harris’ 27 came in the first half as he helped the Chants to a then-season high 55.8 percent from the field in the win. His third rebound of the game also earned Harris his 500th career rebound, becoming just the 49th player in Big South history to pull down 500 career caroms.   Comeback Kids         Coastal Carolina was trailing by 10 points with 7:06 remaining in regulation against Western Illinois, but the Chants hit 6-of-9 field goals in those last seven minutes and sent the game into overtime, where the Chants would take the 69-60 win. A big reason for the comeback was sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville), who had nine of his 14 points in the last 2:14 of regulation and in overtime. His tip-in with two seconds left sent the game into overtime, and he scored five points in the extra session.   Chants Off to Good Starts in Global Sports Classic         Coastal Carolina has had good starts in its losses to Florida State and Cincinnati. Against the Seminoles, Coastal Caroilna built a 15-point lead at the 8:35 mark of the first half and led most of the first half. Coastal Carolina shot 51.7 percent in the first half against FSU. Then against Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina had a six-point lead eight minutes in and shot 53.3 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.   Coastal Carolina Shows Range In FSU Game         The Chanticleers shot 11-of-22 from three-point range in the 82-70 loss to Florida State Nov. 22. Junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.) and freshman Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Hargrave Military) had four three-pointers apiece, while senior Mario Sisinni (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) had two triples for the Chants. Coastal Carolina now is shooting 33.6 percent from behind the arc this year.   Welcome to Chant Basketball for Seven Players         There are seven players on the roster who are newcomers on the 2008-09 squad. Redshirt freshman Jon Pack (Dallas, Ga./East Paulding) redshirted last season and has had a year of pracitce in Coach Ellis’ system. Junior Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Washington (Chipola J.C.)) helped Chipola Junior College to a 68-5 record in his two years with the Indians. Freshmen Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Bluefield (Hargrave Military)) and Darius Steger (Guntersville, Ala./Guntersville) will both vie tor time at point guard. Moore helped Hargrave to a Post-Graduate National Championship, while Steger was a Class 4A All-State First Team in Alabama. Freshman Sam McLaurin (Havana, Fla./East Gadsden) was the Big Bend Player of the Year last season for East Gadsden High School. Freshman Marcus Macellari (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph’s) was a First Team selection by the South Bend Tribune. Junior Marshawn Martin (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast) made the team after walking on in the fall and will also see time at point guard.   Ellis High On Active Division I Career Wins List         Head Coach Cliff Ellis is tied for 12th in Division I wins by an active coach. Here is a list of the top 15 active coaches in Division I wins as of Feb. 24, 2009. 1. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)............ 825 2. Jim Calhoun (Connecticut)....... 799 3. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)........... 791 4. Bob Huggins (W. Virginia)........ 635 5. Tom Penders (Houston)............ 625 6. Gary Williams (Maryland).......... 621 7. Homer Drew (Valparaiso)......... 593 8. Roy Williams (N. Carolina)....... 584 9. Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)................. 573 10. Mike Montgomery (Cal)........... 567 11. Ben Braun (Rice)...................... 564 12. Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)..... 558       Rick Byrd (Belmont).................. 558 14. Larry Hunter (W. Carolina)..... 557       Pat Douglass (UC Irvine)......... 557      Breeze Comes Back from All-Freshman Performance         Sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) returns to the lineup this season after averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in his rookie campaign for the Chanticleers. He was named to the All-Freshman Team for his efforts, becoming the 11th player in Coastal Carolina history to be named to the All-Freshman Team. Breeze was a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree and had a season-high 25 points against Cincinnati Nov. 16.   Chants Picked Eighth in Big South Preseason Poll         The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team has been picked to finish eighth in the Big South Conference in 2008-2009, the League announced Oct. 14 in its annual Basketball Media Day in Concord, N.C. The poll was voted on by the Big South’s head coaches and a media panel.         The Chanticleers earned 107 points in the poll. Coastal Carolina had one second-place vote and 12 votes in the top-five of the conference. The parity of the league in 2008-2009 was shown in the poll, as Winthrop, last year’s Big South Tournament champion, was picked to win the conference with 202 votes and nine-first place votes, but the Eagles also received one 10th-place vote. Seven teams earned a first-place vote in the poll.         Winthrop was followed by Radford (189 points, seven first-place votes), Gardner-Webb (188 points, three first-place votes) and Liberty (148 points, two first-place votes) in the top four. High Point was picked fifth with 132 points and one first-place vote, while Charleston Southern was sixth with 128 points and one first-place vote. VMI was picked just ahead of the Chanticleers with 110 points and one first-place votes. Coastal Carolina was next, followed by 2007 Big South co-regular season champion UNC Asheville (83 points) and Big South newcomer Presbyterian (33 points).   Kimbel Has Its Advantages         Coastal Carolina’s Kimbel Arena may seat just over 1,000 fans, but it has been large for the Chanticleers the last six seasons. Coastal Carolina is 34-6 (85.0 percent) since the start of the 2002-03 season in non-conference games at Kimbel. Coastal Carolina had a stellar 14-1 overall record at home in 2005-06, the most home victories since the program went Division I for the 1985-86 season. CCU is also 69-27 (71.9 percent) overall at the Conway campus venue in the last six years.   Harris Named to Blue Ribbon Preseason All-Big South Team         Coastal Carolina University redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) was named to the All-Big South Preseason Team by the Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook, it was announced Sept. 24. The magazine also forecasted the Chanticleers to finish in fifth place in the Big South Conference standings.         Harris, a 6-5 forward, returns to the Chant lineup after missing most of last season with a thumb injury. Harris averaged 7.9 points and 2.8 assists in the eight games he played for Coastal Carolina. This included a 14-point, 14-rebound performance against Presbyterian Dec. 7 and a 16-point, 10-rebound night at Houston Nov. 24. The redshirt junior had 13 blocked shots in eight games and now has 74 in his career, which is tied for fourth in Coastal Carolina history.         Harris was joined by Liberty’s Anthony Smith, Charleston Southern’s Omar Carter, Gardner-Webb’s Grayson Flittner and Radford’s Joey Lynch-Floor on Blue Ribbon’s All-Conference Team. The magazine picked Smith as the Player of the Year, with Liberty’s Seth Curry earning Preseason Newcomer of the Year honors.   Coach Ellis Can Be Seen and Heard         Head Coach Cliff Ellis will have a radio and television show for the second straight season. The Cliff Ellis Show can be seen on WDPE-TV Channel 15 starting with a preview show Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Dec. 7 show and then it will pick up after the New Year on Sunday’s at 12 p.m. The Chanticleer Call-In for basketball will start Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m., at Logan’s Roadhouse in the Coastal Grand Mall. Matt Hogue will be the host of the hour show, which will take place every Thursday during the season except for the Christmas and New Year holiday and Feb. 26, as the Chants have a game at Charleston Southern.   Gray Joins Chants Roster, Has to Sit Out 2008-09         Junior Chad Gray (Kingstree, S.C./Florida Prep (South Carolina)) will practice with the team but will not see game action in 2008-09 due to NCAA transfer rules after transferring from South Carolina to Coastal Carolina over the summer. Gray played for the Gamecocks for two seasons, averaging 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds a contest last season. He had a career-high 10 points against Georgia as a freshman.   Chanticleers Sign Miller to Letter-of-Intent         The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball program has signed Devin Miller (Chicago, Ill./Martin Luther King (Kennedy-King College)) to a National Letter-of-Intent, Head Coach Cliff Ellis announced Nov. 13.         Miller, a 6-5 guard, is averaging 16 points and is shooting 52.9 percent from three-point range this season for Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Ill. Miller also is shooting 47 percent from the floor for the Statesmen. Miller attended Martin Luther King High School and went to prep school at Boys to Men Academy in Chicago. Miller also received interest from Eastern Illinois and Chicago State.   Chanticleers in the Pros         There are plenty of former Chanticleers playing professionally overseas this season. Jack Leasure just signed a deal to play for Worthersee in the Austrian A League.   He is averaging 14.8 points and 2.0 assists per game. Pele Paelay is averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game for the Kaiserslautern Braves in Germany. Moses Sonko is averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a contest for UJAP Quimper in France. Clint Reed is averaging 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds a game for the Sydney Spirit in Australia.          Up Next             Coastal Carolina starts the 2009 Advance Auto Parts Big South Men’s Basketball Tournament Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.