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Men's Basketball Opens Big South Slate Wednesday vs. Presbyterian

       

Men's Basketball Opens Big South Slate Wednesday vs. Presbyterian

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Chants Return Home to Open Big South Play vs. Presbyterian         The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team (1-5, 0-0 Big South) opens its Big South Conference schedule in Kimbel Arena as the Chants hosts Presbyterian (2-4, 0-0 Big South) Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The game can be heard 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 Chants played its last five games on the road, ending with a 72-60 loss to North Carolina A&T Nov. 29 in the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.   A Coastal Carolina Win Would... - Give the Chants its second victory of the season. - Give the Chants a 5-4 lead on the Blue Hose in the all-time series.  - Give Head Coach Cliff Ellis his 627th career win and his 15th with the Chanticleers. - Move Coastal Carolina to 19-5 all-time in Big South openers. - Move Coastal Carolina into a tie for first in the Big South Conference standings.   Storylines - The game against Presbyterian starts a string of three straight games at Kimbel Arena after playing five of its first six games away from home. Coastal Carolina will have seven of its next nine games in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area. - The Chanticleers finished up a nine-day, four-game road trip for the Global Sports Classic. Coastal Carolina travelled 7,187 miles and played in three cities and two time zones. - While Presbyterian is not eligible for the postseason tournament and will not become a full member of the League until 2011, tonight’s game will count in the Big South standings for both teams. - This is the earliest the Chanticleers have played a Big South game in school history. The last time Coastal Carolina played a conference game in December was Dec. 9, 2000 against Winthrop. - Senior Steven Sexton averaged seven points in the two Global Sports Classic games in Las Vegas. Sexton was 3-of-7 from three-point range and hit 3-of-4 free throws, including two to ice the 69-60 overtime win over Western Illinois. - 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 Presbyterian       The Blue Hose played Monday night at Army and came away with a 59-43 win over the Black Knights. Al’Lonzo Coleman had a double-double for Presbyterian with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also was 7-of-12 from the field. Bryan Bostic added 12 points. The Blue Hose, like Coastal Carolina, have played five of its six games away from home, with their only home game a 47-46 win over San Jose State. Coleman leads Presbyterian, averaging 15.7 points and 8.2 rebounds a contest.   Series vs. Presbyterian         This series is tied at four games apiece. The two teams played last year for the first time since 1985 last December 7, with the Chanticleers coming away with a 61-54 victory over the Blue Hose. Joseph Harris had a double-double for Coastal Carolina, scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Coastal Carolina is 2-3 against Presbyterian at home.   Big South Openers         Coastal Carolina is 18-5 in Big South Conference openers, which includes a dramatic 76-75 win over Radford last season in the conference lidlifter. Coastal Carolina has won five of its last six Big South openers and the Chanticleers have the best winning percentage among current Big South members in conference openers.   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 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 Caroilna had a six-point lead eight minutes in and shot 53.3 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.   Turnovers Doom Chants in Florida State Loss         Coastal Carolina played its most complete game of the season Nov. 22 against Florida State, shooting 50 percent from three-point range, 76.5 percent from the free-throw line and outrebounding the Seminoles 33-32. Coastal Carolina also had a 15-point lead in the first half. The Chants were hurt by 22 turnovers as FSU scored 28 points off Chant miscues in the 82-70 win. Coastal Carolina is averaging 19.8 turnovers after six games this season.   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 33.3 percent from behind the arc this year.     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 is second in the Big South with a 9.8 rebounding average after getting 11 caroms in the 82-70 loss to Florida State.   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 10-of-27 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 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 Nov. 26, 2008 1. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)............ 809 2. Jim Calhoun (Connecticut)....... 780 3. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)........... 777 4. Bob Huggins (W. Virginia)........ 620 5. Tom Penders (Houston)............ 612 6. Gary Williams (Maryland).......... 608 7. Homer Drew (Valparaiso)......... 587 8. Roy Williams (N. Carolina)....... 567 9. Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)................. 562 10. Ben Braun (Rice)...................... 558 11. Mike Montgomery (Cal)........... 552 12. Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)..... 548 13. Pat Douglass (UC Irvine)....... 547 14. Larry Hunter (W. Carolina)..... 546 15. Rick Byrd (Belmont)................. 543   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 82 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 7.0 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 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds a game for the Kaiserslautern Braves in Germany. Moses Sonko is averaging 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds a contest for UJAP Quimper in France. Clint Reed is averaging 5.8 points and 2.2 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. Coastal Carolina also had an overtime game turn into a nine-point win against Western Illinois.   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 take a break for final exams and return to the court Saturday, Dec. 13 as the Chanticleers host Southern Virginia at Kimbel Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Previous scheduled listed a game at Charleston Southern on Dec. 6., but that game has been moved to Feb. 26 in Charleston.