Men's Basketball Hits the Road for a Tuesday Game at Savannah State
Coastal Carolina (0-1) at SAVANNAH STATE (2-0)
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Tiger Arena, Savannah, Ga.
Series: Series tied at 1-1
Radio: THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Matt Hogue)
Live Stats: None
TV/Live Video: None
Chants Hits Road for the First Time in 2008-09 at Savannah State
The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (0-1) will be on the road for the next five games, starting with a 7 p.m., contest at Savannah State (2-0) Tuesday, Nov. 18. The game can be heard on THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach with Matt Hogue on the call. The Chanticleers look to rebound after an 80-59 loss to Coker Saturday night.
A Coastal Carolina Win Would...
- Even the Chanticleers record at 1-1.
- Break its 27-game losing streak against non-conference opponents on the road dating back to Nov. 22, 2003.
- Give the Chanticleers a 2-1 series advantage on the Tigers.
- Give Head Coach Cliff Ellis his 626th career win and his 14th with the Chanticleers.
- Break a four-game losing streak dating back to last season.
- Coastal Carolina has lost its last four road openers, including a 74-59 loss to Cincinnati Nov. 16, 2007 in last year’s road lidlifter.
- This game will start a five-game stretch away from Conway for the Chanticleers. During that time, the Chants will play in four states and two time zones in an 11-day span.
- Six Chanticleers made their debut in the Coker loss, including Mario Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Chipola J.C.), who started. Edwards had 12 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes.
- This will be the first time Cliff Ellis has faced Savannah State in his head coaching career.
- Coastal Carolina will have a mix of youth and experience this season as the Chanticleers have six players in their fourth year of school and eight juniors and seniors. Coastal Carolina also has seven newcomers five freshman on the roster.
Scouting Savannah State
Savannah State is coming off a 75-60 win over North Florida Nov. 16 at Tiger Arena. Tracy Rankins came off the bench to score 24 points, including going 11-of-13 from the free-throw line, in the win. Rashad Hassan added 20 points as the Tigers outscored North Florida 27-9 in the last 6:29. On the year, Hassan is averaging 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while Rankins is averaging 17.0 points a contest.
Series vs. Savannah State
This recent series is tied at 1-1. The Chanticleers picked up an 83-56 win over Savannah State Jan. 10, 2007 as Joshua Mack and Jack Leasure had 19 and 17 points, respectively. Coastal Carolina shot 50 percent from the field, compared to 37 percent for SSU. Later that season, Savannah State defeated Coastal Carolina 66-65 in Savannah. Leasure had 22 points in a losing effort.
Breeze Efficient in Season Opener
Sophomore Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) led Coastal Carolina in scoring with 15 points in the 80-59 loss to Coker Nov. 15. Breeze was 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in 21 minutes. The sophomore also had four rebounds and led the team in scoring for the second time in his career.
Harris Returns to the Court
Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) played in his first game since Dec. 9, 2007 in the loss to Coker Nov. 15. Harris missed the last 20 games of the 2007-08 season due to a thumb injury suffered in the 80-68 loss to UNC Wilmington. The Lejeune, N.C., native had 13 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots against the Cobras.
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.
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.
Ellis High On Active Division I Career Wins List
Head Coach Cliff Ellis is tied for 11th in Division I wins by an actice coach heading into the 2008-09 season. Here is a list of the top 14 active coaches in Division I wins as of Nov. 15, 2008
1. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)............ 805
2. Jim Calhoun (Connecticut)....... 775
3. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)........... 771
4. Bob Huggins (W. Virginia)........ 617
5. Tom Penders (Houston)............ 610
6. Gary Williams (Maryland).......... 605
7. Homer Drew (Valparaiso)......... 586
8. Roy Williams (N. Carolina)....... 561
9. Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)................. 556 Ben Braun (Rice)..................... 55611. Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)..... 547 Pat Douglass (UC Irvine)....... 547
13. Larry Hunter (W. Carolina)..... 543
14. Rick Byrd (Belmont)................. 542
Viva Las Vegas
Coastal Carolina will play in an exempt tournament for the first time since the 1991-1992 season as the Chanticleers have four games in the Global Sports Classic, set in three different sites over the Thanksgiving break. Coastal Carolina will actually play two games on campus sites to open the tourney, then travel to Las Vegas to play two games in the Thomas and Mack Center. Coastal Carolina faces Florida State Saturday, Nov. 22, in Tallahassee, Fla., and are at Cincinnati Monday, Nov. 24 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Coastal Carolina then will play Western Illinois Friday, Nov. 28 and either Texas-Pan American or North Carolina A&T Saturday, Nov. 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. The last exempt tournament the Chanticleers played in was the Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2001.
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 31-5 (86.1 percent) since the start of the 2002-03 season in non-conference games at Kimbe. 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 62-22 (73.8 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.
Chants to Unveil New Uniforms This Season
The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team will have new uniforms for the 2008-09 season. The uniforms, made by Nike, will have more of a bronze accent on the sides and in the type and also will include last names on the back of the uniform. The men’s basketball team will now be the only team on campus with names on the back of the uniforms.
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 excpet for the Christmas and New Year holiday and Feb. 26, as the Chants have a game at Charleston Southern.
Harris Hosts Block Party
Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) is fourth in career blocked shots in Coastal Carolina history. Harris has 76 blocks in his career, as he passed Derek Wilson (1985-89) for fourth place Nov. 15 against Coker. The blocked shots record is 112, set by DeWayne Cheatam from 1987-91. Harris also is 10th all-time in career rebounding average at 6.8 caroms per game.
Charleston Southern Game Has Date Change
The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball game at Charleston Southern has been moved from Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, to Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, it was announced today. The game will remain at 7:30 p.m. at the CSU Field House in Charleston, S.C.
With the change, Coastal Carolina will have just one Big South game before the New Year (vs. Presbyterian Dec. 3) and will have 10 days off before the next contest against Southern Virginia Dec. 13.
Marshawn Goes from Walk-On to In the Rotation
Junior Marshawn Martin (Columbia, S.C./Richland Northeast) made the team through the walk-on tryouts, and the point guard could see considerable time for the Chanticleers this season. Martin originally came to Coastal Carolina to run track, as he was the two-time 800-meter state champion at Richland Northeast High School.
Gray Joins Chants Roster, Has to Sit Out 2008-09
Junior Chad Gray (Kingstree, S.C./Florida Prep (South Carolina)) will practice wtih 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, averging 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds a contest last season. He had a career-high 10 points against Georgia as a freshman.
Leasure Left Mark on Chanticleer Program
For the first time since March 4, 2004, Coastal Carolina will play a game without Jack Leasure on the roster. Leasure ended his Coastal Carolina career by scoring 1,893 points, which is second in Coastal Carolina and sixth in Big South Conference history. His 411 career three-pointers set a Big South record and Leasure is the eighth player in Division I history to post more than 400 three-pointers in his career.
Coastal Carolina Bit By Injury Bug in 2007-08
Injuries were a big story for Coastal Carolina in 2007-08. Nine different Chanticleers started games as Jack Leasure, Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville) and Steven Sexton (Monticello, Ky./Wayne County) were the only players who played in all 28 games. Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) missed 20 games to a thumb injury, while Everage Richardson did not play after Jan. 21 after appendectomy surgery.
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. Pele Paelay is averaging 14.4 points and 7.7 rebounds a game for the Kaiserslautern Braves in Germany. Moses Sonko is averaging 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds a contest for UJAP Quimper in France. Clint Reed is averaging 4.4 points and 2.0 rebounds a game for the Sydney Spirit in Australia.
Everyone Stay in Their Seats
Coastal Carolina played in 10 games that were decided by five points or less in 2007-08, going 6-4 in those contests. The Chanticleers had another game against Charleston Southern Feb. 2 go into overtime ending with a seven-point Coastal Carolina victory.
Big South Could Be Wide Open in 2008-09
The Big South Conference loses nine of the 10 players that were on the All-Big South First and Second Teams in 2007-2008, including all five players on the First Team. The only player that is back with his respective team is VMI’s Chavis Holmes. Coastal Carolina did have an All-Freshman Team selection in Anthony Breeze (Greenville, S.C./Greenville), as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Breeze was joined on the All-Freshman Team by Jamarco Warren and Omar Carter of Charleston Southern, Charles Corbin of Winthrop and Jeremy Anderson of Liberty, all of whom return to their respective teams this year.
Coastal Carolina will start the Global Sports Classic Saturday, Nov. 22 at Florida State. Tipoff is at 7 p.m., at the Donald L. Tucker Center.