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Men's Basketball Starts Global Sports Classic at Florida State

       

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Game 3 Coastal Carolina (0-2) at Florida State (3-0) Global Sports Classic Date: Saturday, Nov. 22 Time: 4 p.m. Place: Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla. Series: Florida State leads 1-0 Radio: THE TEAM 93.9 FM (Matt Hogue) Live Stats: www.Seminoles.com TV/Live Video: None   hants Start Global Sports Classic at Florida State         The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (0-2) will start the four-game Global Sports Classic Saturday, Nov. 22 at Florida State (3-0). Tipoff is at 4 p.m., at the Donald L. Tucker Center, which is a recent change from the original schedule. The game will be broadcast on THE TEAM 93.9 FM in Myrtle Beach with Matt Hogue on the call. The game was supposed to be televised on Fox Sports Florida, but that broadcast was cancelled when the game time was changed. Coastal Carolina lost a 66-65 heartbreaker to Savannah State Nov. 18 in its last contest.   A Coastal Carolina Win Would... - Give the Chants its first victory of the season. - Break its 29-game losing streak against non-conference opponents on the road dating back to Nov. 22, 2003. - Give Head Coach Cliff Ellis his seventh win against his alma mater. Ellis is 6-6 all-time against Florida State, including an 87-75 win over the Seminoles in the 1993 ACC Tournament while he was with Clemson. - Give Head Coach Cliff Ellis his 626th career win and his 14th with the Chanticleers. - Give the Chanticleers its second win over a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Coastal Carolina defeated Wake Forest 106-104 in overtime Dec. 22, 1987. The Chants are 1-26 all-time against ACC teams. - Give the Chants its first win in an exempt tournament and its first win in an in-season tournament since they beat Marist 74-70 Nov. 22, 2003. - Snap a five-game losing streak dating back to last year. - Give Coastal Carolina its first win in the State of Florida since a 78-77 win over UCF Jan. 7, 1989.   Storylines - Two Chanticleers return to play in their home state on Saturday. Senior Mario Sisinni is an Orlando native who played at Dr. Phillips High School. Sisinni has played two games in the state as a Chant, including the 2006 game against the Seminoles. Freshman Sam McLauin is a Havana native who was the Big Bend Player of the Year last season at East Gadsden High School. - Junior Mario Edwards also has a Florida connection, as the guard played two seasons at Chipola Junior College in Marianna. Edwards helped the Indians to a 68-5 record in his two seasons. - The Chanticleers are in the middle of a five-game trip away from Conway. Coastal Carolina will be on the road for nine days and four games during the Global Sports Classic. - Head Coach Cliff Ellis is a Marianna native and was raised in Chipley, Fla. He graduated from Florida State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1968. - Both Jon Pack (Dallas, Ga./East Paulding) and Darius Steger (Guntersville, Ala./Guntersville) scored their first points as a Chant in the Savannah State game Nov. 18. - 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, including five freshmen, on the roster.   Scouting Florida State       Florida State has won its first three games by a combined eight points, including a 79-77 win over Stetson Nov. 20. Toney Douglas scored 26 points, while Brian Hoff added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win over the Hatters. Douglas leads the Seminoles, averaging 20.0 points and 3.3 assists per game. Chris Singleton is FSU’s leading rebounder at 10.5 caroms per game.   Series vs. Florida State         This will be the second all-time meeting with Florida State. The Chanticleers fell to the Seminols 78-65 Dec. 21, 2006. Jack Leasure led the Chants with 17 points, while Everage Richardson and Moses Sonko chipped in with 14 points. Sonko made it a double-double with 13 rebounds.   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 set in three different sites over the Thanksgiving break in the Global Sports Classic. 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. The Chants also will travel 7,187 miles during the Global Sports Classic.   Harris Goes for the Daily Double in Savannah State Game         Redshirt junior Joseph Harris (Lejeune, N.C./Lejeune) recorded his 12th career double-double in the 66-65 loss to Savannah State Nov. 18, scoring 16 points and adding 14 rebounds. His rebounding total was just two away from a career high, while he tied a career high with four blocked shots. Harris leads the Big South with a 9.5 rebounding average.   Moore Finds His Range Against SSU         Freshman Dexter Moore (Bluefield, W. Va./Hargrave Military) was 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point range as he collected his first double-figure scoring performance of his career in the 66-65 loss to Savannah State Nov. 18. Moore now is 3-of-5 from behind the arc this season.   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)............ 807 2. Jim Calhoun (Connecticut)....... 776 3. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)........... 773 4. Bob Huggins (W. Virginia)........ 618 5. Tom Penders (Houston)............ 611 6. Gary Williams (Maryland).......... 606 7. Homer Drew (Valparaiso)......... 587 8. Roy Williams (N. Carolina)....... 562 9. Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)................. 558 10. Ben Braun (Rice)...................... 557 11. Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)..... 547         Pat Douglass (UC Irvine)....... 547 13. Larry Hunter (W. Carolina)..... 543 14. Rick Byrd (Belmont)................. 542   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 80 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 6.9 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 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for the Kaiserslautern Braves in Germany. Moses Sonko is averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds a contest for UJAP Quimper in France. Clint Reed is averaging 5.4 points and 1.9 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. The Chanticleers are now 0-1 this year after falling 66-65 to Savannah State Nov. 18.   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.   Up Next       Coastal Carolina will play the second leg of the Global Sports Classic Monday, Nov. 24 at Cincinnati. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m., from the Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.