Dec. 30, 2011
Coastal Carolina (9-3, 2-0 BSC) vs. High Point (4-7, 0-1 BSC)
Saturday, December 31 | 7 p.m. | High Point, N.C. | Mills Athletic and Convocation Center (1,750)
Radio: The Coastal Carolina - High Point game will be broadcast live online at GoCCUSports.com with Matt Hogue on the call.
Live Stats: Coastal vs. High Point Live Stats
Video Stream: Available via BigSouthSports.com
ABOUT HIGH POINT
High Point enters Saturday's game with a 4-7 overall record and 0-1 mark in the Big South after dropping its only conference game 72-62 at Campbell on Dec. 3. After losing three straight the Panthers have won two of their last three games including an 87-79 win over Wofford College last Wednesday night in High Point, N.C.
The Panthers are led by Big South Preseason All Conference Team member Nick Barbour, who currently ranks third in the Big South conference with 19.1 points per game... Including Barbour, High Point has three players averaging double-figures (Shay Shine, 13.7 and Corey Law, 12.3)... As of Dec. 29, Barbour ranks first in the league in 3-point fg pct. (47.7) and 3-pointers made (42)... Law is first in the Big South with 9.0 rebounds per game.
According to Coastal Carolina records, the Chanticleers hold a 17-12 record in the all-time series that began during the 1978-79 season... Coastal has won the last two games and five of the last six in the series... The last loss was a 69-65 defeat on Feb. 11, 2010, at High Point... The Panthers hold an 8-6 home record against the Chants... Coastal won the only two meeting's last year by 42 combined points.
JOIN THE RANKS
As of Monday, Dec. 18, Coastal Carolina led the NCAA in field goal percentage (53.3%) and second in the NCAA in rebound margin (+12.3) ... In addition to ranking 18th in winning percentage (.900), Coastal was 15th in scoring offense and ninth in scoring margin (+20.2).
LAST TIME OUT
College of Charleston 77, Coastal Carolina 70
CONWAY - College of Charleston went 11-of-24 from long range, handing Coastal Carolina back-to-back regular season losses for the first time since last season, falling 77-70 Thursday night in Kimbel Arena.
Coastal (9-3) was last defeated in back-to-back regular season games against College of Charleston and Georgetown Nov. 16 and 18 last season in Charleston, S.C.
Before the opening tip, two Chanticleer players were charged with Class B technical fouls for dunking during pre-game. Andrew Lawrence made 4-of-4 from the foul line to give College of Charleston a 4-0 lead before the opening tip.
College of Charleston extended its early lead at the 17:53 mark after Lawrence hit a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 9-2. Coastal countered with an 11-2 run, capped off by a Sam McLaurin layup to take its first lead of the game, 13-11 with 13:53 remaining in the half.
The Cougars would answer with a 30-16 run to finish the half after Matt Sundberg nailed a half-court shot before the halftime buzzer, giving CofC its biggest lead of the first half, 41-29.
"They are very good (CofC), that's the best team we will play," said head coach Cliff Ellis. "They put so much pressure on you the way they hit the 3-point shot." The Cougars have made 23 3-pointers over the last two games, hitting a season-high 12 against Louisville on Tuesday night.
College of Charleston would expand the lead to 15 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Scott with 18:49 remaining in the game. Coastal would later find itself trailing by 17 points at the 14:37 mark of the second half. The Chants would go on a 14-2 run that was capped off by a Kierre Greenwood trey, pulling them within five, 52-47 with 10:57 remaining in the game.
After a cutting the lead to four on two separate occasions, Chris Gradnigo would put the Chants within three, 61-58 on a 3-point play with 5:20 left in the game. CofC would answer with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to put them up 71-60. Warren Gillis knocked down a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining but the Cougars would make their free throws, improving to 10-2 on the season.
CLOSING IN ON 1,000
Anthony Raffa is 104 points from totaling 1,000 in his career... After scoring 271 points as a freshman at Albany University, Raffa has totaled 625 points in a Chanticleer uniform... The juinor from Sea Isle City, N.J., is leading the team with 18.9 points per game and totaling 896 points in his career.
SAM I AM
Sam McLaurin recorded seven rebounds against East Carolina on Dec. 19, which gave him 502 career boards. He is only the third player in CCU history to record at least 500 career rebounds and at least 100 blocked shots. This feat has only been accomplished by 15 players in Big South Conference history.