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
During that game, starting point guard Kierre Greenwood tore a
ligament in his left knee and will be out the rest of the
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
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.