Game Information
Opponent: Coastal Carolina
Date: February 3, 2016
Site: Clinton, S.C. (Templeton Center)
Radio: NONE
Broadcast: BSN (BigSouthSports.com)
Announcers: Eric Thacker (PbP), Kenn Blankenship (Analyst)
Live Stats: www.GoBlueHose.com
Twitter: @BlueHoseSports
Series: CCU leads the series 15-7
Last four meetings:
2016: CCU 87, PC 58
2015: PC 80, CCU 69
2015: CCU 63, PC 52
2014: CU 70, PC 51

Coastal Carolina
Record: 13-8, 7-4
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Jan. 30, 2016 vs Campbell
W 97-68 in Conway, S.C.
Head Coach: Cliff Ellis
Career Record: 783-455 (41st year)
Liberty Record: 171-106 (9th year)
vs. PC: 13-3

Presbyterian College
Record: 8-13, 3-7
Ranking: n/a
Last Game: Jan. 30, 2016 vs Liberty
L 61-65 in Clinton, S.C.
Head Coach: Gregg Nibert
Career Record: 408-392 (27th year)
PC Record: 408-392 (27th year)
vs. Coastal Carolina: 3-13

Notes

The Blue Hose open the second half of the season with a rematch against Coastal Carolina Feb. 3, at the Templeton Center ... The Chanticleers took the first meeting of the season 87-58 in Conway, S.C. ... CCU owns a 15-7 mark in the overall series, with PC taking the last meeting in Clinton last season, 80-69, giving Coach Gregg Nibert his 400th career win ...

In the last game against Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers opened the game with a 25-0 run to create a deficit PC could not overcome, as the Blue Hose dropped a 58-87 decision in Conway ... Reggie Dillard led the team with 11 points, all of which came in the second half ... He had three three-pointers in the second as PC lost the final stanza by only three, 34-37 ...

Coastal Carolina is 13-8 overall and 7-4 in the league ... The Chanticleers have won their last five in a row, including a 97-68 victory against Campbell ... Elijah Wilson leads CCU with 14.6 points per game, followed by Jaylan Shaw with 11.8 a game ... Badou Diagne, who is third on the team in scoring with 11.6 ppg, paces the squad in rebounds with 6.7 a game ... CCU is averaging 76.2 points and 39.0 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to 66.7 ppg and 34.5 rpg ...

The Blue Hose are 8-13 overall and 3-7 in the league, dropping a tough 61-65 decision against Liberty in their last game ... DeSean Murray leads the team and the league in scoring with 20.2 points per game ... He is tops on the team and second in the league in rebounds with 7.7 a game ... PC is averaging 68.8 points and 34.3 rebounds per game ...

The Blue Hose hosted Liberty in their last game, dropping a tight 65-61 decision ... PC pulled within a possession with 24 seconds remaining, but the Flames made three of their final four free throw attempts to hold off the PC rally ... DeSean Murry led all scorers with 23 points and pulled down seven rebounds ... The team shot 44.4 percent for the game, while holding the Flames to just 31.8 percent shooting in the second half ...

The Blue Hose are making tremendous strides in their journey into Division I, posting better numbers from last season in scoring (68.8-61.8), rebounding (34.3-32.2), assists (11.7-10.7) and steals (7.2-5.2) ...

Should it hold the rest of the season, the 68.8 scoring average would be the highest in PC’s Division I history, 3.4 points higher than the 65.4 record in 2013-14 ... The current 43.5 field goal percentage is just 2.9 under the 46.4 set in 2014-15 ... Rebounding is peaking as well at 34.3, 1.6 more than the previous record of 32.7 set in the 2008-09 season ... Assists are at 11.7, within .2 of the 11.9 set in 2012-13 ... Playing more aggressively it seems as PC’s 7.2 steals per game is .2 higher than the 7.0 set in 2008-09 ...

PC is strong in several Big South statistical categories so far this season, coming in at 3rd in free throw pct. (.704), 3rd in 3-pt field goal pct. defense (.323), 4th in steals (7.5) and 5th in turnover margin (+0.4) ... DeSean Murray leads the league in scoring (20.1), is 2nd in rebounding (7.8), 3rd in field goal pct. (.551), 2nd in steals (1.95), and 4th in offensive rebounds (3.0) ... as of 1/27/16 ...

DeSean Murray is 26th in the nation in points per game (20.2), 47th in field goal pct. (55.8), 46th in steals per game (1.9), 33rd in total points (424.0), 17th in FG made (155.0), 41st in steals (40.0), 32nd in FT made (114.0) and 37th in FT attempts (146.0) ... As a team the Blue Hose are 76th in steals per game (7.2), 84th in total steals (152.0), and 51st in turnovers forced (14.8) ... as of 1/30/16 ... ...

PC returned three of five starters from last season's team, not including Reggie Dillard, who sat out due to an injury ... Dillard was a starter in 29 of 30 games in 2013-14 ... Lost are Jordan Downing and Will Truss, who combined to score over 800 points last season (25.47 a game) ... Returning is DeSean Murray, who was second on the team on offense with 15.7 ppg ...

This season’s non-conference schedule includes four teams from the Southern Conference (Furman, The Citadel, VMI, and Wofford, and one team from the Atlantic Sun (USC Upstate), ACC (Clemson), A-10 (Richmond), and the Big East (Marquette) ...

Blue Hose games aren’t typically one-point decisions ... In over 250 games since the team has played since moving to Division I in 2007, there have been just 10 one-point games, three have happened this season ... The Blue Hose hold a 6-4 mark (2-1 this season) after the CSU 72-73 loss Jan. 20, 2016 ...

PC, which finished last season 7-8 at home, its best since going 7-6 during 2013-14, looks to defend its 7-4 record this year when the Blue Hose host Coastal Carolina Feb. 3 ... The four losses at home are the fewest since the team went 9-2 in 2008 ... PC has won its last four of six at the Templeton Center ...

DeSean Murray earned Big South Freshman of the Year honors this past season to become the first in PC’s Division I history to pick up the award ...

The Blue Hose head to Gardner-Webb Feb. 6 in a 4 p.m. showdown on ESPN3 ... The Runnin’ Bulldogs own a 22-20 mark over the PC and have won the last five in a row, including an 87-76 victory in the last meeting, Dec. 2 ... In that game the Blue Hose fought back from a 20+ point deficit with a 22-6 run in the second half to cut the lead to single digits late, but could not overcome Gardner-Webb down the stretch ... PC outscored GWU 49-47 in the second half and turned the ball over just four times in the second, compared to 11 in the first ...