Ellis earns victory No. 700 as Chants blast The Citadel

Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball coach Cliff Ellis earned his 700th career victory on Tuesday night when his Chanticleers scored an 80-58 victory over The Citadel at McAlister Fieldhouse.

Ellis, who previously coached at South Alabama, Clemson and Auburn, currently ranks in the top 10 among active coaches, joining the likes of Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun.

“That’s a tribute to the players I’ve coached since 1972,” Ellis said modestly after the game. “There are a lot of tremendous individuals that I’ve worked with over the years. They’re the ones who earned the wins. I was just driving the bus.”

Ellis certainly must have given a motivating pregame speech on the bus ride down to Charleston as his Chants (8-1) came out of the box on fire and never let it up, winning in wire-to-wire fashion over the Bulldogs (2-6).

Coastal guard Anthony Raffa scored a career-high 28 points, including four 3-pointers, and Chris Gradnigo added 12 points in a difficult shooting night from the field.

CCU guard Kierre Greenwood, who has been hampered by injury over the past two weeks, had a solid night in scoring 10 points, and John Pack, Warren Gillis and Dexter Moore contributed eight points apiece as the Chants won their third straight game in impressive fashion.

“I thought our guys really took it to another level tonight,” said Ellis, whose team shot 56 percent from the field, outrebounded The Citadel 37-28 and outscored the Bulldogs in the paint by a 42-18 margin. “That’s the way I want to see us play.”

Coastal takes a 10-day break in the schedule for finals. The Chants return to action Dec. 16 at home against Lynchburg.

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