CCU’s Ellis can tie legend Wooden for all-time wins

ccuhoops-ellisoutThe Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team take a big step toward locking up the Big South Conference Southern Division Championship on Saturday with a win at UNC Asheville.

And Chanticleers head coach Cliff Ellis can take a big step toward cementing his name among the coaching legends of college basketball.

Ellis is one win away from tying legendary UCLA coach John Wooden for career wins. Wooden won 664 games over 29 seasons. All b ut two were at UCLA, where he won 10 NCAA Championships.

With Coastal’s next win, Ellis will tie Wooden for 28th all-time in career victories. He and his players hope it happens Saturday when they hit the road for the final time during the 2013-14 regular season.

The Chants take on UNC Asheville for the second time this season after defeating the Bulldogs 81-78 at The HTC Center in January. CCU holds a one game lead in the Big South Conference South Division with three regular season games remaining. UNC Asheville, Winthrop and Gardner-Webb are all one game back.
In the last meeting, junior Josh Cameron and freshman Elijah Wilson combined for 48 of Coastal Carolina’s 81 points as the Chants took down UNC Asheville.

Cameron scored a career-high 29 points as he knocked down five triples and ended the night 10-18 from the field including 5-6 from downtown. Wilson added 19 points including 13 in the second half as he was 8-17 from the field including 3-6 from three-point range.

Coastal Carolina (16-11, 9-4 Big South) can build a two-game lead with the same number of games remaining with a victory at UNC Asheville (14-13, 8-5 Big South). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

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