Nov. 22, 2010
Coastal Carolina (4-2) vs. North Carolina Wesleyan
Tuesday | 11.23.10 | 7:30 p.m.
Conway, S.C. | Kimbel Arena (1,039)
CONWAY, S.C. – On the heels of a two-game winning streak, the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team returns home after a successful road trip to host North Carolina Wesleyan Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. from Kimbel Arena.
Coastal Carolina (4-2) turned in a fifth place finish last week at the Charleston Classic after posting a 2-1 record over the course of the tournament. The Chants opened with a setback to No. 20 Georgetown, but closed the tournament with wins over USC Upstate and Charlotte.
Chanticleer junior guard Desmond Holloway scored a game-high 25 points against Charlotte to lift Coastal to a thrilling 79-75 win in double overtime. He scored six of the team’s final seven points in the second overtime and put Coastal ahead for good with two free throws with 1:01 remaining. For his efforts, Holloway was selected as the Big South Player of the Week.
Anthony Raffa added 17 points, four steals and was 7-for-8 from the charity stripe, while sophomore Kierre Greenwood added 15 points and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation.
Holloway enters the week first on the team and fourth in the Big South with 18.5 points per game. The Indianapolis, Ind., native has scored at least 13 points in all six games thus far this season and is also shooting 55.4 percent from the field. Holloway also stands first on the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.
Greenwood is second on the team with 11.8 points per game and paces the Chants with 17 assists. Fellow sophomore Sam McLaurin pulls down 5.4 rebounds per game and has collected 10 blocked shots so far this season. Newcomer Brandon Crawford leads the Big South with 14 steals.
North Carolina Wesleyan enters Tuesday sporting a 2-1 overall record after picking up a pair of wins last week. The Battling Bishops faced a Division I foe to open the season and fell 100-66 at North Carolina A&T, but rebounded for wins over Maryland Bible College and Wesley for their two-game winning streak. Last season, North Carolina Wesleyan finished with a 16-10 overall record and went 11-1 in conference to win the USA South Conference. The Battling Bishops return two starters from last year’s team.
Individually, sophomore guard leads the team with 15.0 points per game and is shooting 52.4 percent from three-point range. Junior forward Domarius Thomas is second on the team in both scoring with 14.0 points per game and rebounding with 5.7 boards per game. Junior forward Alex Murray leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game to go along with 11.0 points per game. As a team, North Carolina Wesleyan is averaging 76.0 points per game and allowing 71.0 points per game.
Coastal Carolina and North Carolina Wesleyan will be meeting for the first time ever on the hardwood when the two schools matchup Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. inside Kimbel Arena. Coastal Carolina has done an outstanding job of protecting its home court since head coach Cliff Ellis took over prior to the 2007-08 season. In fact, the Chants are 36-10 at home under Ellis and have won 78.3 percent of their games at Kimbel Arena. The Chants are also 20-1 against non-conference foes at home under Ellis.