Coastal Carolina’s leading scorer suspended

A promising season for Coastal Carolina has suddenly turned into

a struggle with the team losing two starters in just two days.

The Chanticleers announced Thursday that leading scorer Desmond

Holloway was indefinitely suspended from the team for an

eligibility issue, just two days after the team’s nation-leading

22-game winning streak was snapped in a 59-57 home loss to

Gardner-Webb, the eighth-place team in the Big South

Conference.

During that game, starting point guard Kierre Greenwood tore a

ligament in his left knee and will be out the rest of the

season.

Holloway is averaging 18.5 points and 6.9 rebounds a game, while

Greenwood leads the team with four assists a game and before

Thursday night’s game against North Carolina Central was the only

player to start every game for the past two seasons.

Combine those two losses with having starting forward Mike

Holmes kicked off the team and losing reserve guard Willie Kirkland

to academic issues and Coastal Carolina is left with just seven

scholarship players and a walk-on.

”I really believe in our team, and I trust our team. I wish we

were full strength, but that’s just not the case,” Chanticleers

coach Cliff Ellis said Wednesday after Greenwood’s injury was

announced.

This season was on the verge of becoming historic before this

week for Coastal Carolina. The team is just five wins away from

setting a school record for victories and is just one win away from

setting the conference record for victories in a season.

There was some good news for the Chanticleers this week. A

Liberty loss to VMI clinched the top seed in the Big South

tournament, meaning Coastal Carolina will host its games.

The Chanticleers are trying to make the NCAA tournament for the

first time since 1993 and become the four team Ellis has lead to

the NCAAs in his career.