Dec. 21, 2012
Coastal Carolina travels to the College of Charleston to take on the Cougars at noon on Saturday. The Chanticleers have not won a game at CofC since 1976 and look to snap a 19-game road losing streak against their Lowcountry rival.
Coastal Carolina (4-5) at College of Charleston (6-4)
Saturday, Dec. 22 | 12:00 p.m. | Charleston, S.C. | TD Arena (5,100)
CCU Game Notes (.pdf)
ABOUT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
The Cougars are under the direction of first year head coach Doug Wojcik. CofC picked up a season opening win over Towson before going 1-2 at the Charleston Classic including a win over Boston College. The Cougars also have a win over Baylor in Waco. Baylor was ranked 21st at the time of the victory. More recently CofC lost to Division II opponent Anderson University at home but the Cougars were without the services of a few key members of their squad including preseason All-Southern Conference selection Trent Wiedeman. Wiedeman returned to the Cougar line-up this past Tuesday as he helped lead CofC to a 76-65 victory over Old Dominion. Senior Andrew Lawrence leads the team with 13.0 points per game while sophomore Adjehi Baru is averaging just under a double-double with 10.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
Coastal Carolina and the College of Charleston have met 45 times on the hardwood. The Cougars hold a 34-11 advantage in the series and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams including a 77-70 win last season in Conway. CCU's most recent victory came during the 2009-10 season at home. Coastal has won just one time in Charleston and that came during the 1976-77 season when CCU took a 97-87 triple overtime victory over the Cougars.
ON THIS DATE
Coastal Carolina is 4-5 in games played on Dec. 22 including 0-3 against the College of Charleston. The Chants last meeting on Dec. 22 was last season at home against CofC. The Chants fell 77-70. CCU has played three road games on Dec. 22 and is 1-2 in those contests including a 106-104 overtime victory at Wake Forest in 1987. The most recent road contest on Dec. 22 came in 2004 at the College of Charleston. Coastal lost 87-69.
Coastal Carolina senior guard Kierre Greenwood became the 22nd player in Big South history with 400 career helpers on Dec. 13 as he dished out eight assists against Toccoa Falls to give himself 403 for his career. He became the third Chanticleer to make the conference's all-time list, joining Robert Dowdell (561 from 1987-91) and Alvin Green (411 from 2000-05). He now has 410 career assists.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
The Chants have out-rebounded all but one opponent this season. CCU leads the Big South in rebounding margin at +7.8. Coastal has two players ranked in the top-15 in rebounding in the league, 10th-ranked Michel Enanga and 14th-ranked El Hadji Ndieguene.
TAKING ON THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE
The Chanticleers are 37-65 all-time against Southern Conference opponents. CCU's best record against a SoCon team is 5-0 against Davidson. The Chants last win over a SoCon team came last season with a 80-58 win at The Citadel.
Coastal's Record Versus SoCon Opponents
Appalachian State 0-0
College of Charleston 11-34
The Citadel 6-4
Georgia Southern 4-0
UNC Greensboro 2-11
Tennessee Chattanooga 0-1
Western Carolina 4-2
1,000 POINT CLUB
Senior guard Anthony Raffa eclipsed the 1,000 point mark at Coastal with a 26-point performance against Johnson & Wales. He needed just 14 points heading into the game and it took him just 9:40 to reach the 1,000 point milestone. He is now the 17th CCU player to reach mark. Raffa had already eclipsed 1,000 points for his college career heading into the 2012-13 season with his 271 points at Albany combined with his total at Coastal. He now has 1,375 points in his college career and 1,104 in a Coastal uniform.
Kierre Greenwood is approaching the 1,000 point scoring mark at Coastal Carolina as well. He could become the 18th CCU player to reach the milestone. Greenwood currently has 942 career points and needs 58 more to join the elite group of Chanticleers who have eclipsed the 1,000 point mark.
Coastal Carolina senior guard Anthony Raffa now ranks 10th in the NCAA in scoring. He is averaging 20.9 points per game.
NCAA POINTS PER GAME INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
1. C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) 24.9
2. Erick Green (Virginia Tech) 24.8
3. Kyle Vinales (Central Conn. St.) 23.5
4. Doug McDermott (Creighton) 23.1
5. James Kinney (San Jose St.) 22.6
6. Lamont Jones (Iona) 22.0
7. Greg Gantt (Florida Atlantic) 21.5
8. Isaiah Canaan (Murray St.) 21.0
Warren Niles (Oral Roberts) 21.0
10. Anthony Raffa (Coastal Carolina) 20.9