Dec. 15, 2011
Lynchburg College vs. Coastal Carolina
Friday, Dec. 16 / 7 p.m.
Kimbel Arena / Conway, S.C.
Radio: WJXY The Team (93.9 FM)
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina men's basketball team returns to the hardwood after a 10-day layoff to face Lynchburg College Friday, Dec. 16. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Kimbel Arena.
The Hornets are coming off back-to-back road losses before opening the season 7-1... Averaging 90.4 points per game, Lynchburg has recorded triple digits twice and recorded 90+ points in six of its 10 games... Lynchburg has three players averaging double-figures while 11 players are averaging at least five points a game.
This is the first meeting between Coastal Carolina and Lynchburg.
Danny Nieman rejoins the team after serving a one semester university imposed suspension due to a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The senior from Concord, N.C., started all 34 games in the Chanticleer backcourt last season where he averaged 6.2 points, 3.03 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.
JOINING THE RANKS
Coastal Carolina is currently ranked second in the NCAA in rebound margin (+12.2) and third in field goal percentage (53.0%)... In addition to ranking 20th in winning percentage (.889) Coastal is 10th in scoring margin (19.7) and 19th in scoring offense with 80.6 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT
Coastal Carolina 80, The Citadel 58
CHARLESTON - Coastal Carolina's leading scorer Anthony Raffa scored 16 of his career-high 28 points in the second half as Coastal routed The Citadel, 80-58 Tuesday, Dec. 1 at McAlister Field House.
After trailing by six points in the early going, The Citadel pulled the game within three, 14-11 at the 13:36 mark of the first half. Coastal answered with a 21-3 run over the next 6:43 to build a 21-point advantage.
Coastal entered the week ranked fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (52.5%) and continued its hot shooting going 20-of-32 from the field (62.5%) in the first half to build a 20-point lead at the break.
Coastal finished the game 34-of-60 (56.7%) from the field while holding The Citadel to 37.7 percent shooting (20-of-53).
The Bulldogs cut the Chanticleer lead to 14 at the 8:08 mark but the Coastal offense would not surrender, pulling another run to extend its lead to 20 at the 4:10 mark of the second half.
Jon Pack added eight points and a game-high eight rebounds as the Chanticleers out-rebounded the Bulldogs 37-27.
ELLIS WINS 700TH CAREER GAME
Head coach Cliff Ellis won his 700th career game with an 80-58 victory over The Citadel on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at McAlister Field House in Charleston, S.C. Ellis began coaching college basketball at Cumberland University during the 1972-73 season in Lebanon, Tenn. Ellis has now won 88 games as the Chanticleer head coach. With twelve more wins he will have accumulated 100 or more wins at four different schools during his coaching tenure.
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