CCU Travels to In-State Rival Clemson Friday Evening
Nov. 27, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team will look to win its third-straight against the Tigers of Clemson University this Friday in Littlejohn Coliseum. The Chants defeated the Tigers by one-point during their last trip to Clemson two seasons ago before downing Clemson by 23 last season inside The HTC Center.
Coastal Carolina (2-4) at Clemson (5-1)
Friday, Nov. 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Clemson, S.C. | Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000)
Coastal Carolina Versus Clemson
The Chanticleers lost five-straight games against its in-state opponent before breaking through with a one-point victory in 2011. CCU went on to upset the Tigers again in 2012.
The Chants are a perfect 2-0 against the Tigers under head coach Cliff Ellis' guidance.
Last season's 69-46 win over Clemson was CCU's largest victory over a BCS level opponent in program history.
Last season, Anthony Raffa scored a game-high 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the field. Warren Gillis added 12 points, including three 3-pointers, and Kierre Greenwood chipped in 10 points and seven assists. Uros Ljeskovic had a team and career-high 10 rebounds.
Chanticleers Versus ACC Opponents
The Chanticleers are 3-28 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
CCU's wins came at home against Clemson last season, at Clemson in 2011 and at Wake Forest in 1987.
Hall of Fame Coach
CCU head coach Cliff Ellis was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame this past fall.
He spent ten seasons at Clemson from 1984-1994, won 177 games for the Tigers, still tops among all Clemson men's basketball coaches.
He had three NCAA appreances and five NIT spots in his Clemson career.
He coached Clemson to the ACC regular season title in 1989-90, the first regular season ACC title in school history
He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice; 1986-87 and 1989-90, only Clemson Coach to win the award
His 1986-87 team set a school record for most victories with 25
He led the Tigers to 22 victories over top-25 teams in his 10 years at Clemson.
The Chants have managed four major upsets over the past three seasons against BCS level teams.
Under the guidance of head coach Cliff Ellis the Chants have knocked off LSU twice and Clemson twice over the past three seasons.
The tremendous run began Dec. 13, 2010 when the Chants traveled to Baton Rouge, La. and knocked off the LSU Tigers 78-69 in overtime.
The Tigers made a trip to Conway, S.C. the following season on Nov. 15, 2011 and once again the Chants came out on top 71-63.
The magic continued just seven days later as CCU made a trip to Clemson, S.C. and took down the Tigers from Clemson, 60-59 on a last second shot.
CCU's most recent upset came last season as Clemson traveled to Conway on Dec. 19, 2012. The Chants dominated throughout the game and came away with a 69-46 victory.
The Elijah Wilson Show
Freshman Elijah Wilson has not disappointed Chant fans over his first six games in a CCU uniform as he has paced the Chanticleer offense.
Wilson entered the 2013-14 season known as the freshman guard who had tied Michael Jordan's single-game scoring record at Laney High School during his senior season. He has now become CCU's leading scorer and top minute man.
Through six games, Wilson is averaging 30.0 minutes per contest and 17.0 points per game, 5.8 points more than his next highest teammate.
Wilson was named the Crons Brand Big South Co-Freshman of the Week on Nov. 25. Wilson averaged 19.0 points per game while shooting 61.8 percent from the field (21-of-34) and 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from 3-point range in three games as part of the EA Sport Maui Invitational. He was nearly perfect at the free throw line hitting 8-of-9 attempts. He also picked up 3.3 rebounds per game. He opened his week with a game-high 25 points at Minnesota, as he was 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range. He tallied 10 markers, five rebounds and was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in CCU's win over St. Francis Brooklyn, and he ended his week with 22 points on 9-of-13 from the field against Louisiana. He also had two steals in the game.