Monday, December 2, 2013

Game #11 - Coastal Carolina

The Catamounts (5-5) travel to Conway, SC on Wednesday, December 4th to meet the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2-5) at 7 pm in the HTC Center on the CCU campus.  The Cats are 3-4 overall against Coastal Carolina after last season's BracketBuster win over the Chanticleers in Cullowhee by a final score of 80-70.

The Chants were picked third in the South Division in the Big South Conference Preseason Poll, with no preseason all conference selections. Coastal Carolina returns the bulk of its roster from last season, but is without last season's two leading scorers, Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood. 

Coastal is 2-5 on the season, with home wins over Guilford and St. Francis, they are 2-2 at home and 0-3 on the road.  Coastal has just two upperclassmen returning from last season to their lineup, senior center El Hadji Ndieguene (6-10, 240) and junior guard Warren Gillis (6-3, 205). However, head coach Cliff Ellis brought in transfers guard, Eric Smith (6-0, 205) a grad student, from South Carolina and junior guard Josh Cameron (6-1, 175) from Connors State College.  Smith started 27 games for the Gamecocks last season and will add some veteran leadership for the Chants.

CCU has two players scoring in double figures, guard Elijah Wilson (6-4. 205) at 16.9 ppg and freshman guard Warren Gillis (6-3, 205) scoring 10.6 ppg.  Cameron is just off the 10 point mark at 9.7 ppg.   As a team the Chants are hitting 38.6% field goals and just 27.2% on 3-point attempts.  CCU is hitting 66% at the free throw line and are averaging 65.7 points per game as a team.

CCU's true freshman Elijah Wilson has not disappointed Chant fans over his first seven games for CCU, as he has paced the Chanticleer offense. Wilson is the guy who tied Michael Jordan's single-game scoring record at Laney High School during his senior season and has now become CCU's leading scorer.

Chart Courtesy Daily Catamount 

 Chart Courtesy Daily Catamount

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Rankings -
RPI:  Western - 177;   CCU - 229

SagarinWestern - 203;   CCU - 296

MasseyWestern - 221;  CCU - 209

Pomeroy: Western - 217;   CCU - 222

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