Dec. 18, 2011
Coastal Carolina (9-1) at East Carolina (5-4)
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum/Greenville, N.C.
Monday, Dec. 16/7:00 p.m.
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina (9-1) will put a four-game winning streak on the line against the East Carolina Pirates on Monday, Dec. 19. Tip off in Greenville, N.C., is set for 7 p.m. in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
RADIO: WJXY The Team (93.9 FM) with Matt Hogue on the call.
LIVE STATS: GAMETRACKER
ABOUT EAST CAROLINA
East Carolina is coming off a 71-62 win against UNC Greensboro on Friday night in Greensboro, N.C. The Pirates had lost three straight after opening the season 4-1, with the only loss coming against Big South Conference opponent Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C.
The Pirates are led by Miguel Paul who is averaging 16.2 points a game, 49 assists, 22 steals, and 22 3-pointers. Robert Sampson leads ECU with 6.5 rebounds while Darrius Morrow is averaging 12.6 points and 5.9 boards.
Entering Monday's game, East Carolina leads the all-time series 4-3. The Chanticleers defeated the Pirates, 59-58 last season at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Dec. 18. Coastal has never defeated ECU in Greenville. The Pirates topped the Chants 89-64 on Jan. 2, 2008, in Greenville.
JOIN THE RANKS
As of Dec. 12, Coastal Carolina is 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 86, Lynchburg 61
CONWAY - Anthony Raffa and Chris Gradnigo combined to score 44 points as Coastal Carolina defeated Lynchburg, 86-61 Friday, Dec. 16 in Kimbel Arena.
Raffa scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as Coastal outscored Lynchburg 41-21 after halftime, improving to 9-1 on the year for the first time in school history. The Chanticleers opened last season with a 2-2 mark before winning 22 games in a row to tie a school record with 28 wins on the season.
Coastal led Lynchburg by 14 points with 5:57 remaining in the opening period but the Hornets posted a 16-7 run to finish the half, cutting the Chanticleers lead to five, 45-40.
Lynchburg cut the Coastal lead to three with a layup by Austin Chillemi with 19:30 remaining in the second half. Coastal countered with a 20-5 run over the next eight minutes to push the lead to 18 with 11:30 remaining in the game.
Coastal finished the game 33-of-59 from the field (55.9%) while limiting Lynchburg to 22-of-58 (37.9%) including only eight field goals in the second half. The Chanticleers entered the week ranked third in the nation in field goal percentage (53.0%) and 10th in scoring margin (+19.7).
The Chanticleers out-rebounded the Hornets, 41-28 with Gradnigo leading all players with a game-high nine boards to go with his 18 points.
SAM THE MAN
Sam McLaurin needs five rebounds for 500 in his career... With 133 career blocks, McLaurin will become the 15th player in the Big South to record 500 boards and 100 blocked shots.
Danny Nieman rejoined the team on Friday, Dec. 16 after serving a one semester university-imposed suspension due to a violation of the Code of Student 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. Nieman recorded four points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in eight minutes against Lynchburg.