Coastal Hosts College of Charleston Thursday at 7 p.m.
Dec. 21, 2011
Coastal Carolina (9-2) vs. College of Charleston (9-2)
Kimbel Arena (1,039) / Conway, S.C.
Thursday, Dec. 22 / 7 p.m.
RADIO: WJXY The Team (93.9 FM) with Matt Hogue on the call.
LIVE STATS: GAMETRACKER
ABOUT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
College of Charleston is coming off a 69-62 loss to the 4th-ranked Louisville Cardinals on
Tuesday night in Louisville, Ky. The Cougars led by seven at halftime and held an eight-point
lead with 17:07 remaining in the second half. A pair of missed layups down the stretch and a
season-high 22 turnovers cost the Cougars a chance to be the second Southern Conference
team in as many days to beat a Top-25 team (Davidson beat No. 12 Kansas Monday, 80-72).
- The Cougars' leading scorer, Antwaine Wiggins was named SoCon player of the week for the second
time this season averaging 21.6 ppg last week. The conference's leading scorer (18.5 ppg)
recorded his 1,000th point against the Cardinals, becoming only the 29th player to reach that
feat in CofC history.
- CofC had won six consecutive games entering the Louisville game including a pair of wins
over Big South Conference opponents UNC-Asheville and Charleston Southern.
- Both Coastal and CofC defeated Clemson this season in Littlejohn Coliseum.
- Both teams are 1-0 against both the ACC and SEC this year.
- The Cougars made a season-high 12 3-pointers Tuesday night.
- CofC has four players averaging double-figures, including key reserve Anthony Stitt (10.5).
- Both teams are 9-2, undefeated in South Carolina and each have one loss against a team from
Florida (FIU and UCF).
According to the Coastal Caroina records, College of Charleston holds a 33-11 advantage in
the all-times series. CofC defeated CCU 83-67 last year in Charleston. The Chants last defeated
the Cougars Nov. 13, 2009, during the season opener in Kimbel Arena. Prior to the win in '09,
College of Charleston had won 10 consecutive games over Coastal, dating back to the 1994-95
JOIN THE RANKS
As of Monday, Coastal Carolina leads the NCAA in field goals percentage (53.3%) and second
in the NCAA in rebound margin (+12.3) ... In addition to ranking 18th in winning percentage
(.900), Coastal is 15th in scoring offense and ninth in scoring margin (+20.2).
SAM THE MAN
McLaurin recorded seven rebounds against East Carolina on Dec. 19, giving him 502 career boards.
He is only the third player in CCU history to record 500 career rebounds and at least 100 blocked
shots. This feat has only been accomplished by 15 players in Big South Conference history.
LAST TIME OUT
East Carolina 76, Coastal Carolina 51
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina had four players score in double-figures en route to handing
Coastal Carolina its second loss of the year, 76-51, Monday night in Williams Arena at Minges
Sam McLaurin scored the first point of the game on a free throw at the 18:37 mark. That would
be the only time the Chanticleers would lead as East Carolina built an early 16-6 lead with 13:01
left in the first half.
The Pirates (6-4) extended their lead to 15 points at the 4:47 mark of the first half after
Shamarr Bowden hit one of his five 3-pointers, recording a game-high 17 points on the night.
Entering Monday's game, the Chants had not trailed by more than nine points.
Coastal (9-2) would get within 10 at the 18:14 mark of the second period after a dunk from Chris
Gradnigo. ECU would answer with a 12-0 run during the next 3:09, capped off by a 3-pointer by
The Chanticleers had their worst shooting performance of the year, finishing 20-of-55 (36.4%)
including 3-of-21 (14.3%) from beyond the arc. The Pirates shot 25-of-53 (47.2%) that included
8-of-18 (44.4%) from long range. ECU also connected on 18-of-21 (85.7%) from the free throw
line, its best mark on the year.
McLaurin recorded seven rebounds on the night, giving him 502 career boards. He is only the third
player in CCU history to record 500 career rebounds and at least 100 blocked shots. This feat has
only been accomplished by 15 players in Big South Conference history.