Dec. 12, 2010
Coastal Carolina (7-2) vs. LSU (6-2)
Monday | 12.13.10 | 8:00 p.m.
Baton Rouge, La. | Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215)
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to six games when the Chanticleers step out of conference and travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on Southeastern Conference foe LSU Monday night at 8 p.m. (EST) from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Coastal Carolina (7-2, 1-0) enters the game coming off a thrilling 73-71 victory over Charleston Southern Dec. 4 in the Big South Conference opener for both schools. Senior forward Chad Gray dunked home the game-winning basket to give the Chants their fifth straight win.
Junior guard Desmond Holloway turned in his second double-double in as many games after pouring in 21 points and 11 rebounds against the Buccaneers. Danny Nieman added 13 points and five assists and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
Offensively, Coastal Carolina features three players who average in double figures. Holloway leads the Chants and ranks second in the Big South with 18.4 points per game, while standing first on the team and ninth in the league with 7.2 rebounds per game. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also paces the conference with a .842 free throw percentage.
Gray is second on the team with 11.9 points per game and is averaging 22.5 points per game over his last two games. In addition, Gray is shooting 80.8 percent from the field over the last two games, missing just five of the 26 shots he has attempted.
Sophomore guard Kierre Greenwood pours in 10.4 points per game and leads the team with 33 assists, while Sam McLaurin has turned in 16 blocked shot this year and leads the Big South with 2.0 rejections per game.
LSU (6-2) enters the week riding a four-game winning streak following its 59-55 home victory over Central Michigan Saturday night. The Tigers have not lost since falling 70-61 to Memphis on Nov. 21. The Tigers are also 5-1 at home this season, but dropped an early season home game to Nicholls State 62-53 on Nov. 16.
Individually, freshman guard Andre Stringer leads the Tigers with 15.1 points per game and is shooting 37.8 percent from the three-point line. Fellow freshman guard Ralston Turner is second on the team with 12.1 points per game and leads the time with a .444 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Aaron Dotson also averages double figures for the Tigers and pours in 10.9 points per game. Junior forward Storm Warren paces the team with 7.0 rebounds per game and owns a team-leading 12 blocked shots.
Coastal Carolina and LSU will be meeting on the hardwood for the first time ever when the two teams tipoff Monday night inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis, however, is 10-10 all-time against LSU.
Coastal Carolina is 1-9 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference and will be looking for its first win over the league since the Chants defeated South Carolina 88-73 during the 1993-94 season. Monday’s game with LSU will also be the first time since the 2004-05 season that the Chanticleers have faced a team from the SEC. In that season, Coastal fell 83-51 at Tennessee. Should the Chants defeat the Tigers, Coastal would earn its first win over an SEC Western Division team in school history. The Chants are 0-3 all-time against the SEC West with two losses to Arkansas and one against Auburn.