College Hoops: Coastal Carolina 81 Presbyterian 63

CCU's Danny Nieman was 6 for 6 shooting.

"It's the best basketball we've played in a long time," Cliff Ellis said after his Coastal Carolina Chanticleers led wire-to-wire in an 81-63 win over the Presbyterian Blue Hose on Saturday night at Kimbel Arena in Conway, South Carolina.

Chris Gradnigo came off the bench to lead the Chants in scoring with 18 points. CCU had a season-high 14 steals and shot better than 53 percent from the field. The Coastal offense was efficient, turning the ball over only four times to 18 turnovers for PC.

Kierre Greenwood struggled from the field. He hit just 2 of ten shots and finished with nine points. But Greenwood countered with seven steals and seven assists for the Chanticleers.

Defense was the key to victory for CCU. The Chants scored 28 points off turnovers to just seven for the Blue Hose. Coastal stormed to a 17-4 lead less than seven minutes into the game and were never challenged.

Four Chanticleers hit double figures. Danny Nieman scored 16, Anthony Raffa had 12 and Jon Pack ended with 10 points. Nieman was a perfect 6 for 6 from the field including four 3-pointers.

Coastal Carolina improved to an overall record of 13-4. The Chants are now 6-1 in the Big South Conference. Coastal trails first place UNC-Asheville (7-0 BSC) by one full game in the conference standings.

Coastal will travel to UNCA on Tuesday, January 17 in a key match-up between the top two teams in the Big South.

WPDE Sports Director Rich Chrampanis will break down the week including CCU's win over Presbyterian on The Cliff Ellis Show which airs on NewsChannel 15 Sunday, January 15 at 12:00 p.m. Also on this week's show, a feature on the South Carolina Warriors ABA basketball team. Several of the Warriors were former CCU players.