Clemson travels to Coastal with revenge on its mind

Coastal Carolina traveled to Clemson last season and knocked of the Tigers in their own gym. Clemson looks to return the favor on Wednesday.

Clemson (6-3) visits the new HTC Center to take on the Chanticleers (3-5), who shocked the Tigers with a 60-59 win at the buzzer when Chris Gradnigo tipped in his own miss to provide the game-winning basket and Coastal’s first win over Clemson in six meetings.

The victory was even more special Cliff Ellis, who coached Clemson to a record of 177-128 from 1984-94. He is in his sixth season in charge at Coastal Carolina as the two teams meet and for the second time in a three-year agreement between the two schools.

Coastal last played on Dec. 13 against Toccoa Falls College to improve its record to 5-3. Senior guard Anthony Raffa, who scored a game-high 21 in last year’s victory at Clemson, leads the Chanticleer attack and is 17th nationally in scoring at 20.4 points per game.

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.

Clemson is coming off an 80-57 win over Florida A&M on Saturday. The Tigers were led in scoring by freshman Jordan Roper, who had 16 points in his first career start. Clemson also enjoyed a +17 advantage in rebounds, a program high in 74 games under Head Coach Brad Brownell.

Sophomore forward K.J. McDaniels leads the Tigers with 11.9 points per game, with seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings close behind with 11.2 and 10.9 points per game, respectively. Clemson opened the season against Big South member Presbyterian and won, 77-44.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.goccusports.com and will be for sale at the gate if the game doesn’t sell out.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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