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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Conway, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Conway, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Conway native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Conway, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Conway's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Conway.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Conway?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Conway, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Conway, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Conway, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Conway, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Conway, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Community members give input on Downtown Conway consumption zone

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — If you've ever wanted to hop from bar to bar on a South Carolina evening while carrying a cold beer, well, you might be in luck.The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is exploring the idea of allowing open containers in the downtown area.The consumption zone where people can freely walk around with an alcoholic drink would extend from Elm to Kingston Street and 5th Avenue, down to the Riverwalk.One local business owner said this would be a great addition to downtown social life.“I th...

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — If you've ever wanted to hop from bar to bar on a South Carolina evening while carrying a cold beer, well, you might be in luck.

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is exploring the idea of allowing open containers in the downtown area.

The consumption zone where people can freely walk around with an alcoholic drink would extend from Elm to Kingston Street and 5th Avenue, down to the Riverwalk.

One local business owner said this would be a great addition to downtown social life.

“I think with the new proposed plan that it could help our businesses downtown as long as everyone follows the rules and don’t walk into a restaurant with a previous drink from another business," Dan Katawczik, owner of the Crafty Rooster, said.

The second half of the proposal would move up last call.

“Moving last call from 2 a.m. to midnight. After midnight pretty much everyone’s done eating and they’re pretty much out to drink or celebrate. So, cutting down a little earlier, you can always go celebrate at your house with your friends," Katawczik said.

The chamber said changing the last call would help balance the nightlife atmosphere and residential growth.

The idea of having a consumption zone isn't a new one. The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk has one and cities like Savannah, Memphis, and Raleigh all have similar exceptions in their alcohol laws.

The chamber said this zone is up for consideration because it will increase foot traffic and in return boost the economy- and many locals agree.

“Walking on the Marsh Walk with a beer, listening to different music at different restaurants at different bars down there. Again, it’s a nice relaxed atmosphere down there and if they can create a similar atmosphere up here, I think it’s a great business opportunity," Stephen Mantell, a Murrells Inlet resident, said.

The chamber would like to hear your input on this idea. You can fill out the consumption zone survey here.

Conway would be the second town in South Carolina to allow open containers if the idea moves on to a vote by the city council.

Men's Basketball to Host Methodist

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team is set to host Methodist University Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. ET at the HTC Center.The Chants and Monarchs will meet on the hardcourt for the seventh time on Friday night with CCU winning each of the previous six contests, all of which have been in Conway. The series started in the 1977-78 season, a close 80-78 victory by the Chants. The last time the two teams met was in 2021, a 102-42 Chanticleer victory. It was the largest margin of victor...

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team is set to host Methodist University Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. ET at the HTC Center.

The Chants and Monarchs will meet on the hardcourt for the seventh time on Friday night with CCU winning each of the previous six contests, all of which have been in Conway. The series started in the 1977-78 season, a close 80-78 victory by the Chants. The last time the two teams met was in 2021, a 102-42 Chanticleer victory. It was the largest margin of victory in the series history.

The Chanticleers won their first game of the season with a 97-43 win over St. Mary's (Md.) on Monday night. A total of 11 Chanticleers saw action on the court, with eight of those seeing action for the first time for the Teal and Bronze.

Essam Mostafa led four double-digit scorers with 22 points. He also completed the 22nd double-double of his career with a game-high 12 rebounds. Jomaru Brown came off the bench for the Chants and the first-year Chant responded with 19 points, while fellow transfer Linton Brown made a game-high four three-point field goals on his way to 18 points.

Another returner from last season, Josh Uduje, finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 26 minutes of action.

Methodist (0-1) enters the game coming off a season-opening loss at Guilford, 80-59. The Monarchs return six players from last season's roster to go along with 10 newcomers.

TJ East was one of three players to reach double digits for the Monarchs in their first game of the season. He had a team-high 18 points, with Clayton Cole scoring 12 and Brone Brinson chipping in with 10.

The game can be heard on WRNN 99.5 FM Hot Talk and can be watched live on ESPN+. Links for both along with live stats can be found at www.GoCCUSports.com.

For complete coverage of CCU men's basketball, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalMBB (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUSports (Instagram) or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUSports.com.

How the month of October has evolved in Conway, aka the City of Halloween

Typically people drive around during December to look at homes decorated with lights, inflatable Santas and snowmen, Christmas trees and reindeer.But the City of Halloween is changing the norm this year, bringing out locals and visitors to downtown Conway to see witch hats hanging by city hall, pumpkins in the trees along Main Street and front yards full of spookiness.As of about mid-month, city leaders say Conway is already reaping the rewards of its Project October – an initiative designed to spur economic growth and to...

Typically people drive around during December to look at homes decorated with lights, inflatable Santas and snowmen, Christmas trees and reindeer.

But the City of Halloween is changing the norm this year, bringing out locals and visitors to downtown Conway to see witch hats hanging by city hall, pumpkins in the trees along Main Street and front yards full of spookiness.

As of about mid-month, city leaders say Conway is already reaping the rewards of its Project October – an initiative designed to spur economic growth and tourism.

“It’s awesome,” Adam Emrick said of being the city administrator of Halloween, South Carolina.

Last month, Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy announced the city would change its name temporarily to the City of Halloween for the month.

How did the city pull this off, you may ask?

Well, it took about half of the year to plan and prepare. And it was a big secret to keep.

“We said, ‘Hey we are going to do something really crazy, really big, really exciting for Halloween, and I can’t tell you what it is but here’s what I need you to do,’” Emrick said of the city approaching businesses about being involved with the project. “And they were all like, ‘OK, I’m in.’

“What was hard was for us to keep the secret because as it got bigger and bigger, it was so exciting and we couldn’t tell anyone,” Emrick added.

Each year, he said, the city attempts to improve upon the year before.

“How do we make it a little bigger? How do we make it a little better?” he said. “Everyone loves the pumpkins, but we’ve noticed over the last two years that the pumpkins just weren’t enough to grab the attention we really wanted.”

Last year, they created the witches' garden. But that still wasn’t enough.

So about seven months ago, city staff began brainstorming ways to make this year’s Halloween season bigger than ever.

Emrick worked in Photoshop trying to incorporate Halloween into the city’s logo. He then pitched it to the deputy city administrators, who were receptive to the idea.

From there, Project October was born. Then city staff continued to build momentum as they planned the transition to the City of Halloween.

“We can’t just call ourselves Halloween,” Emrick said. “There’s got to be more to it.”

City staff started working on a calendar of events to fill up the month of October. Those events – which are hosted by the city, Conway Downtown Alive, First United Methodist Church, local businesses and the Conway Chamber of Commerce – include a pumpkin patch, masquerade gala, a musical and so much more.

“So we were like where do we [the city] fill in those dates,” he said. Then came the city’s zombie fun run, barbecue cookoff, an outdoor movie and a haunted trail.

“There’s something every day. There’s something every weekend. There’s big events to compete with everybody else,” Emrick said.

The response has been exactly what the city has hoped for, and has worked as an economic development tool for Conway.

Downtown has been busier than ever, Emrick said.

“On Saturday, I drove downtown to go to the movie an hour early and there were people everywhere. Thousands of people everywhere,” he said. “We’ve never had it like this. It’s been a wonderful success. I love it. I absolutely love it.

“It’s about what I hoped it would be, but never dreamed it would be.”

Blain-Bellamy said she, too, saw crowds of people Saturday in downtown.

“It was the most difficult thing to drive downtown Conway and find a park,” she said. “Everybody seemed to be smiling.

“I think they will always remember they did those things in Halloween, South Carolina.”

Though she said the overwhelming response has been positive, she has received a couple of negative emails with comments from people who are concerned it doesn’t give the proper respect to the city’s given name.

Blain-Bellamy said she “certainly understands” their position, but respectfully disagrees, and has thanked them for disagreeing in a gentle and kind way.

In a letter to the editor sent to My Horry News, Conway area resident Gwen Johnson addressed the mayor:

“I don't know how you got by changing the name of Conway (if only temporarily) SC to Halloween SC! It is a shame and disgrace to our small town! I love our town and appreciate all the hard work that has been put into it to make it better. Even the pumpkins in the trees make me smile!! I can get by with that. But not the witches' hats or the gargoyles. The gargoyles remind me of the baphomet!! Please don't cast darkness on our small town with this.... even though I know it's too late!

"Yes, I am a Christian and attend church. This letter is taking a stand for God and against Halloween! Thank you for taking the time to read it!”

Blain-Bellamy said she sees more opportunity for benefit than loss regarding the city’s initiative, and it was meant to bring people together.

“This promotes our downtown, our downtown business and the face of what is Conway, South Carolina,” she said.

Blain-Bellamy said she hopes the magic continues.

“The thinking behind that is if the community names itself a certain holiday, then it must be the epitome of what Halloween is,” Blain-Bellamy said. “It’s already making the kind of changes in our downtown that we expected.”

Will Project October become a tradition that continues in the years to come? It’s a possibility.

“We’ve got about 21 more days to see how this all pans out,” Blain-Bellamy said Monday.

Volleyball Wraps Up Regular-Season Schedule at Home

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina volleyball team will return to the HTC Center to wrap up the 2022 regular-season schedule versus the Texas State Bobcats for a pair of Sun Belt Conference contests in Conway, S.C. Both teams will meet on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. ET, and again on Friday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.SENIOR DAYCCU will honor Christina Nance...

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina volleyball team will return to the HTC Center to wrap up the 2022 regular-season schedule versus the Texas State Bobcats for a pair of Sun Belt Conference contests in Conway, S.C. Both teams will meet on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. ET, and again on Friday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

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CCU will honor Christina Nance, Paulina Perez Rosas, and Ella Saada, on Friday, Nov. 11, as the trio will close out their collegiate careers at the conclusion of the 2022 season.

HISTORY BETWEEN COASTAL & TEXAS STATE

Texas State leads the overall series 7-3 and is currently riding a six-match winning streak. The Chanticleers were swept in the last meeting between the two programs in the 2021 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship semifinals.

ABOUT COASTAL

The Chanticleers enter the weekend at 17-10 overall and 9-5 in Sun Belt action on the season after dropping a pair of conference matches on the road at South Alabama last week. Outside hitter Saada led the Chants' offense with a total of 33 kills combined over both contests, while setter Brigitta Petrenko tallied 65 assists, two kills, and three service aces.

Defensively, CCU blocked a combined 18 shots, as Nance and Petrenko paced the defense with 13 and seven blocks, respectively, while Lina Perugini (30) and Perez Rosas (22) combined for 52 digs of the Chants' 100 total digs over the two matches.

This season, the Chants' offense has been led by Saada with 291 kills on the year, while Perez Rosas and Agata Lesiak have added 226 and 139 spikes, respectively. Petrenko is the team's assists and service aces leader, as the Eger, Hungary, native has 906 assists and 48 service aces on the year.

Defensively, Coastal Carolina has totaled 225 blocks as a team, highlighted by Nance with a total of 82 blocks, Nyla Shepherd with 69 blocks, and Petrenko and Perez Rosas with 52 and 36 blocks, respectively. Perugini has picked up 412 digs in the 101 sets played, giving the Bethlehem, Pa., native 1,613 career digs. Perugini currently sits third on CCU's all-time digs list.

ABOUT TEXAS STATE

The Bobcats will enter play this weekend with a 20-6 overall record and sit at 12-2 in Sun Belt play. Texas State won both of its matches last week versus Troy and already has clinched the Sun Belt Conference West Division title.

As a team, the Bobcats have recorded 1,369 kills, 1,284 assists, and 150 service aces on the offensive attack. Janell Fitzgerald leads the attack with 369 spikes, while Jada Gardner (202) and Lauren Teske (176) have both put down 175 or more kills on the year. Setter Emily DeWalt leads the SBC with 1,067 set assists, while Jillian Slaughter (25), Alyssa Ortega (24), and Teske (21) have 20 or more service aces overall on the season.

Defensively, Texas State has stopped 199 kill attempts at the net, while also digging 1,390 of their opponents' shots. The net is protected by Slaughter (75), Tessa Marshall (71), and Fitzgerald (58), as they are the only Bobcat blockers with 58 or more stops on the season. DeWalt leads the team with 227 digs, along with Fitzgerald and Ortega, who have added 226 and 192 digs, respectively.

For complete coverage of CCU women's volleyball, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalVball (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUSports (Instagram), or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUsports.com.

CCU president asks Chanticleer fans to have fun, be respectful at Brooks Stadium

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University has asked Chanticleer football fans to tone things down off the field as the team continues to see success on it.The Chants notched their eighth win of the season last Thursday against rival Appalachian State in a nationally-televised, record-setting sellout at Brooks Stadium. The victory even came complete with fans rushing the teal turf as time expired.However, the game on the field wasn’t the only thing catching people’s attention....

CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University has asked Chanticleer football fans to tone things down off the field as the team continues to see success on it.

The Chants notched their eighth win of the season last Thursday against rival Appalachian State in a nationally-televised, record-setting sellout at Brooks Stadium. The victory even came complete with fans rushing the teal turf as time expired.

However, the game on the field wasn’t the only thing catching people’s attention.

In a message published earlier this week, CCU President Michael Benson called the atmosphere “electric” but also directly addressed some concerns such as profane chants being distinctly heard on the broadcast.

“There were, however, some areas where we fell embarrassingly short of the standards to which we hold ourselves as a university community,” the letter stated. “I’ve received dozens of messages from people all over the country questioning why visiting fans were treated so poorly.”

Benson sat down with WMBF News on Thursday to talk more about the environment the school wants to create at Brooks Stadium.

“We want everyone to come and have a great time,” he said. “I don’t want people to think I’m against fun. I love college football as much as anybody, but you can do it within, I believe, the parameters where our fans support themselves well and they show respect.”

Now in its 20th season, Coastal’s football program has drawn in more fans thanks to the Chants’ recent run of success and bowl game appearances.

“You think when we started football in 2002 and how far we’ve come to not only the campus growing; but our fan engagement, our community support, students coming to the game and staying for the entire game,” said Benson.

With a relatively younger football program, the university is still working on the best way to execute game days. Benson said there are already plans to enhance the fan experience next season.

“We’ll have some activities in-game,” he said. “Maybe a different atmosphere with electronic devices and lights and in-game activities that will really improve the game day atmosphere even more.”

Benson also touched on fans rushing the field after the game, which resulted in a number of injuries.

“That’s a big drop from the top of the wall down to the field and I love seeing our kids so excited,” he said. “Our students are so excited. Be careful. Some were injured. Some conferences whether it’s the SEC or Big 10 have policies about fining Universities if they don’t maintain a safe environment post-game. The Sun Belt hasn’t communicated anything to us. So as long as the students get down and get down safely and get on the field, I anticipate we’ll continue to see that happen.”

The Chanticleers host Southern Mississippi on Saturday in the team’s final regular season home game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.

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Men's Basketball Opens 2022-23 Campaign with a Win Over St. Mary's (Md.)

CONWAY, S.C. – Junior center Essam Mostafa scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures as Coastal Carolina scored an easy 97-43 victory over outmatched St. Mary's College (Md.) Monday at the HTC Center in the season opener for both teams. Newcomers ...

CONWAY, S.C. – Junior center Essam Mostafa scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures as Coastal Carolina scored an easy 97-43 victory over outmatched St. Mary's College (Md.) Monday at the HTC Center in the season opener for both teams. Newcomers Jomaru Brown and Linton Brown added 19 and 18 points, respectively, and returning starter Josh Uduje had 12.

The four leading scorers were a combined 27-of-37 from the field, with Mostafa converting 9-of-10 field goal attempts before he checked out of the lineup with 5:30 remaining. Mostafa also grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds to earn the 22nd double-double of his career. Mostafa averaged 13 points and nine rebounds last season in leading the Chants to a 19-14 overall record.

Jomaru Brown, a 6'2" senior transfer from Eastern Kentucky, made 7-of-8 shots on the nights, including three three-pointers. Linton Brown, a 6'5" senior transfer from St. Bonaventure, hit a team-high four three-pointers.

"I thought we played pretty good," said Coastal head coach Cliff Ellis, now in his 16th season at the school. "Our board work was really good, and I think that's going to be the strong point of our team. Jamaru made some big shots and I think Henry (Abraham) did a great job of distributing the ball. He really understands the game." Henry Abraham was credited with a game-high eight assists and had just three turnovers, something that caught the veteran coach's eye.

St. Mary's, an NCAA Division III team that had a 13-10 record a year ago, was led by Gary Grant, Micah Henry, and Jordan Goodwin, who had eight points apiece.

Coastal already had three players in double figures at halftime, when the Chants led comfortably, 50-16. Linton Brown had 13 points, while Mostafa had 12 and Jamaru Brown had 10. Mostafa, one of only three returning players on the Chants' roster, also had eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

The score was 8-6 before the Chanticleers put together a 14-3 run to go in front 22-9. But the backbreaker was what followed: a 25-2 scoring spree that put Coastal in front by an insurmountable margin at 47-13. Coastal reached its biggest lead at 95-39 on a dunk by 6'10" senior center DJ Basey, a transfer from Central Oklahoma, with two minutes remaining.

The Chants finished hitting on 66 percent of their shots (37-of-56) and held a one-sided advantage on the boards at 47-32. They had eight players with points and 11 see action, including local product Jimmy Nichols, a 6'8" senior forward from Conway who played previously at VCU and Providence. Nichols scored nine points in 22 minutes of action.

Coastal returns to action at 7 p.m. ET on Friday when the Chanticleers host Methodist at the HTC Center.

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Chanticleers to Travel to Georgia to Open Season

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team will open the 2022-23 season on the road in Athens, Ga., on Monday, Nov. 7, as the Chanticleers will take on Southeastern Conference opponent Georgia. The opening tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at the Stegeman Coliseum.The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams on the hardwood. Coastal was picked to finish 12th in the Sun Belt Conference in the preseason coaches poll.ABOUT COASTALAfter closing the 2021-...

CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women's basketball team will open the 2022-23 season on the road in Athens, Ga., on Monday, Nov. 7, as the Chanticleers will take on Southeastern Conference opponent Georgia. The opening tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at the Stegeman Coliseum.

The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams on the hardwood. Coastal was picked to finish 12th in the Sun Belt Conference in the preseason coaches poll.

ABOUT COASTAL

After closing the 2021-22 season with a 15-11 overall record and 4-9 in the SBC play, the Chanticleers enter the season under the leadership of new head coach Kevin Pederson. Pederson will be coaching in his 22nd season overall and the first at the helm in Conway.

The Chants averaged 72.3 points per game while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and a shooting percentage of 29.2 from three-point range. Defensively, Coastal allowed 61.8 points per game and held its opponents to 36.4 shooting percentage from the floor and 27.2 from behind the three-point arch. The Chanticleers won the rebound battle by grabbing 45.9 boards per game, while letting their opponents grab 34.1 rebounds per contest.

Coastal will return sophomores Arin Freeman and Angie Juste-Jean, who averaged 9.0 and 8.2 points per game, respectively. Senior Deaja Richardson, sophomore Jordyn Newsome, sophomore Arielle-Vadrelle Belinga, and Brali Simmons all return after seeing significant playing time last year.

CCU will mix in transfers Helena Delaruelle, Miriam Recarte, Amaya Adams, B'Aunce Carter, and Anaya Barney with the young nucleus of returners.

ABOUT GEORGIA

The Georgia Bulldogs return five players from the 2021-22 team that finished last season with a 21-10 record and finished 9-7 in the SEC. UGA's top returning scorer is Malury Bates with 5.1 points per game while Zoesha Smith and Chloe Chapman are right behind Bates with 3.0 and 2.6 points per game, respectively.

As a team, the Bulldogs averaged 68.4 points per game while allowing 59.1 points per game while outshooting their opponents 42.8 percent to 37.8 percent from the floor. Georgia averaged 40.6 rebounds per game, while allowing its opponents to grab 35.3 boards per contest.

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25th Season At CFSB Center Begins

Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders 2-1 Head Coach: Chris Starks Alma Mater: McPherson (KS) (1992) at LWU: 3rd season (16-35) Career: SameMurray State Racers 0-1 Head Coach: Steve Prohm Alma mater: Alabama (1997) at MUR: 5th season (104-30) Career: 201-124 (11th) Missouri Valley: 0-0 NCAA Tournament: 4-425t...

Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders 2-1 Head Coach: Chris Starks Alma Mater: McPherson (KS) (1992) at LWU: 3rd season (16-35) Career: Same

Murray State Racers 0-1 Head Coach: Steve Prohm Alma mater: Alabama (1997) at MUR: 5th season (104-30) Career: 201-124 (11th) Missouri Valley: 0-0 NCAA Tournament: 4-4

25th Season Home Season Begins The Murray State Racers play the first of 14 home games in the 2022-23 season Saturday when they host the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (2-1) at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky with a 7 p.m. tip.

Enjoying one of the top home court atmospheres and advantages in all of collegiate basketball, the Racers are playing their 25th season in the CFSB Center, which has had the name on the arena since 2010. The Racers enter the LWU game with an all-time mark of 302-49 (.860) in the place that has come to be known as "The Bank." In the last five seasons, the Racers have put together a 68-7 (.906) mark. MSU enters the 2022-23 season with a 16-game win streak at home since their last loss against Eastern Illinois on Feb. 18, 2021.

Since a 2014 loss to Houston, the Racers have won their last seven home openers and are 83-14 all-time.

Racer Tradition Among the Best As the 2022-23 season begins, the Racers are ranked among the best of the best in success and longevity. In the group of schools that have played at least 25 years at the Division I level, the Racers are 41st in all-time wins and 12th in winning percentage. MSU is 1,707-920 (.650).

Racers Open Season at SLU with 91-68 Defeat The scene Monday at Chaifetz Arena was one of the most rare ever as Coach Steve Prohm began his second tour with the Racers and the team had 12 newcomers on a 14-man roster suit up. The 91-68 loss against the Saint Louis Billikens was certainly a producer of the things the Racers can do well at the moment and it revealed the areas that the team needs to improve.

The Racers saw four starters (Jamari Smith, Rob Perry, JaCobi Wood and Kenny White, Jr.) play in their first game the Navy & Gold. Smith led the Racers with 19 points and Perry added 14.

Racers Playing In Myrtle Beach Invitational Murray State is set to appear for three games in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C. Nov. 17-20). The Racers take on Texas A&M in game one and then face either Colorado or UMass. Boise State, Charlotte, Loyola, or Tulsa await MSU in their final game on Nov. 20.

Racer Club The Racer Club promotes and supports athletics through private gifts/resources to provide a first-class student-athlete experience. The Racer Club has seen unprecedented growth over the last three years, bringing in over $1,000,000 annually. These funds provided through numerous Racer Club initiatives fuel all 15 Murray State Athletics programs. In addition, Racer Club support facilitates capital facility projects and many enhancements critical to our collective success.

Blue & Gold Fridays Of course, any day is a good day to wear Murray State colors, but Blue & Gold Fridays are a great way to show our unity in Racer Nation, especially as Murray State enters the Missouri Valley Conference in the 2022-23 school year. Wear your Murray State colors and share photos to the social media channels of the Racers. Need some Murray State gear to wear? Just visit the online store. All of Racer Nation agrees, the Murray State unique combination of blue and gold is probably the best-looking color combo you can find!

Racers Rally Program Murray State Athletics launched the Racers Rally program, a great way for businesses to become partners with the Racers to be part of Racer Nation. Membership for the Racer Rally program is free and businesses can sign up online. Benefits of joining the Racer Rally Program include: yard signs, team schedule posters and window stickers. Murray State Athletics will deliver promotional items to each business that participates in the Racer Rally program. Sign Up

2022 Hall of Fame Dinner & Program The annual Hall of Fame dinner is on the night of Nov. 11 at the CFSB Center. The 2022 class will also be recognized Nov. 12 at the Racer football game against Robert Morris (1 p.m. kick off) and a men's basketball game against Lindsey Wilson at 7 p.m. Hall of Fame dinner tickets may be purchased through the MSU ticket office online at GoRacers.com.

About Murray State Athletics Located in Murray, Kentucky, the athletics department of Murray State University is a NCAA Division I member and plays in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs including men's teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, football and golf and women's teams for basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball, as well as a mixed gender rifle team. The Racers became members of the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022. The Racers will become a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2023. The MSU rifle program competes in the Ohio Valley Conference.

About Murray State University Since 1922, Murray State University has provided a collaborative, opportunity-rich living and learning community that fosters personal growth and professional success through a high-quality college experience. Students receive support from inspiring faculty and staff and will join a distinctive campus community — the Racer Family. With nearly 10,000 students, Murray State prepares the next generation of leaders to join more than 80,000 successful alumni who make a difference in their community, across the country and around the world. We are Racers. The University’s main campus is located in Murray, Kentucky, and includes five regional campuses in Ft. Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

About the Missouri Valley Conference The Missouri Valley Conference -- the nation’s second-oldest NCAA Division I conference celebrates its 116th season in 2022-23. For the first time, the MVC will have 12 members as Belmont, UIC, and Murray State officially joined the Conference on July 1, 2022. It marks the first time the Conference has admitted three schools for the same season. Notably, MVC membership will stand at a league-high 12 members for the first time. League members include Belmont, Bradley, Drake, Evansville, UIC, Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, Murray State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois, and Valparaiso. Little Rock is an affiliate member in women’s swimming and diving; and SIU Edwardsville is an affiliate member in men’s soccer. The seeds for the creation of the Conference were planted by eight administrators representing five institutions, who met at the Midland Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 12, 1907. The five schools which formed the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association were Washington University of St. Louis, and the state universities of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Two months after the initial meeting, two more schools -- Drake University and Iowa State College -- were admitted. While The Valley no longer sponsors football (it did from 1907-85), seven league members compete in the sport at the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) level as Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, UNI and Southern Illinois play in the 11-member Missouri Valley Football Conference (with North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois and Youngstown State). That league competed as the Gateway Conference from 1985-2007.

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