Coastal looks to go 3-0 in league play against Liberty

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team travels to Lynchburg, Va., Saturday to take on the Liberty Flames in Big South Conference basketball action.

The Chants (7-6 overall, 2-0 Big South) look to remain perfect in conference play while the Flames (4-12, 0-2) are looking for their first conference victory of the season. The 6 p.m. game will be broadcast on the Big South Network, ESPN3 and MASN.

The Flames opened the season with eight straight losses before picking up their first win against Southern Virginia at home. They have won three of their last five games including their lone Division I victory a 63-62 win at Western Carolina.

Davon Marshall leads the team with 12.1 points per game and also leads the Big South in 3-point field goal percentage at 43.6 percent. John Caleb Sanders and Tavares Speaks each average just over 10 points per contest. JR Coronado is a force inside as he is averaging 8.6 rebounds per contest which ranks third in the Big South.

TCoastal Carolina and Liberty have met 49 times on the hardwood. Liberty leads the series 26-23 but CCU has won five of the last six meetings between the two teams. The Chants are 11-15 all-time in Lynchburg and are just 4-6 in their last 10 trips to Liberty.

The Flames won the most recent meeting between the two teams, a 61-57 victory in Lynchburg Feb. 23, 2012. The Chants last win at Liberty came Jan. 8, 2011. The last four meetings between the two squads have been decided by an average of just over five points per contest.

The Chanticleers’ current three-game win streak is the longest win streak of the season. CCU had a two-game streak earlier this season when the Chants defeated Toccoa Falls and Clemson in back-to-back games. Coastal’s longest win streak last season was five games when the Chants opened the season 5-0.

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, joining Robert Dowdell (561 from 1987-91) and Alvin Green (411 from 2000-05). He now has 431 career assists. Greenwood is now 16th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs just 17 more to move past Liberty’s Matt Hildebrand (447 from 1991-94) for 15th.

Senior guard Anthony Raffa eclipsed the 1,000 point mark at Coastal with a 26-point performance against Johnson & Wales. He needed just 14 points heading into the game and it took him just 9:40 to reach the 1,000 point milestone. He is now the 17th CCU player to reach mark. Raffa had already eclipsed 1,000 points for his college career heading into the 2012-13 season with his 271 points at Albany combined with his total at Coastal. He now has 1,395 points in his college career and 1,124 in a Coastal uniform.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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