Road-tested Chants ready for five-game home stand

ccuhoops-wakeThe Coastal Carolina Chanticleers just came off a grueling seven-day, three-game road trip that saw the men’s basketball team face two regular members of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament among their three games, and will now welcome another tournament-tested team in Chattanooga to the HTC Center on Tuesday.

The Mocs (4-2) won the Southern Conference regular season title last season and won then Southern Conference Tournament to earn the automatic berth into the tournament where they faced 14th ranked Indiana.

Along the way to last season’s tournament, Chattanooga had wins over Georgia, Illinois and Dayton in building a 29-6 record.

Big wins did not end at last year’s NCAA Tourney as the Mocs opened up the 2016-17 season with a road win at Tennessee.  They enter the game with Coastal with a strong RPI Ranking of 90.

Chattanooga brings in a balanced offense that averages 78.5 points per game.  Four players average in double figures led by Justin Tuoyo’s 16.3 points per game.  Greg Pryor averages 14.8 and Tre’McLean (10.0) and Johnathan Burroughs-Cook (10.0) also score in double figures.

Following the game with the Mocs, CCU will host Methodist University one night later, Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 8:30 p.m.  The three other games that are part of the home stand are UNC Asheville (Dec. 3), Piedmont International (Dec. 5) and North Carolina Central (Dec. 10).

The Chants (2-4) have played a tough schedule that has seen them go toe-to-toe with Power 5 conference members Alabama and Wake Forest.  They have also played tough with a solid BYU team on the road as well as a home game with the College of Charleston.  CCU has picked up wins over Coppin State at home and a neutral court victory over Southern Utah.

CCU is getting a balanced scoring attack has Elijah Wilson’s 16.7 points per game leads the team.  Wilson came into the season 10th on the CCU all-time leading scoring list and has moved up four spots into sixth as he enters tomorrow’s game with 1,475 career points.  Wilson will place his name in the top five with 18 more points.

Jaylen Shaw is averaging 11.7 points per game and leads the team with 26 assists and nine steals.  He is hitting 50 percent of his three point attempts while also leading the team at the free throw line knocking down 86 percent of his charity tosses.

Another double digit scorer is newcomer Demario Beck.  The junior is averaging 10.2 points per game and leads the team averaging 6.5 rebounds per game.

Head Coach Cliff Ellis continues his assault on career win 800.  He has 793 wins and needs only seven more victories to reach the milestone.

CCU and Chattanooga will tip off at 7 p.m. with doors opening at the HTC Center at 6 p.m.  Tickets range from $8 for ages 18 and under, to $15.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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