CCU changes hoops tipoff time for football watch party

The Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics has announced the men’s basketball game this Saturday against Florida International has been moved to a 5 pm start.

In conjunction with the basketball game there will be a Watch Party for the CCU versus Bethune-Cookman first round match-up of the 2012 NCAA Championship beginning at 2 pm. Doors to The HTC Center will open at 1:45 pm and only those holding a ticket to the men’s basketball game will be allowed to join the Watch Party.

The game will be shown on both of The HTC Center’s large LED screens and concessions will be available throughout the football and men’s basketball games.

Tickets are still available for the men’s basketball game this Saturday and once again in order to enter the Watch Party you must be holding a men’s basketball vs. FIU game ticket. To purchase you can go to GoCCUSports.com or the ticket booth at Gate 1 of The HTC Center will open at 1:45 on Saturday for sales.

Coastal Carolina football (7-4) closed the season with five straight wins under the direction of first-year head coach Joe Moglia to earn a share of the Big South title with Stony Brook and Liberty while earning the league’s automatic bid thanks to a perfect 3-0 road record in conference games.

Bethune-Cookman, champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, completed a perfect run through league play with an 8-0 record, capping it off with a 21-16 victory over rival Florida A&M in the Florida Blue Florida Classic on Saturday. The Wildcats are making their fourth appearance to the FCS playoffs in school history.

The men’s basketball team will be taking on Florida International for just the second time in program history. The Golden Panthers handed the Chants a 64-62 loss on the road last season but Coastal is a perfect 2-0 at home this season while FIU is coming into the game with a 0-2 record.

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