January 31, 2014

Big South leaders meet in Buies Creek Saturday on ESPNU

CAMPBELL GAME NOTES | COASTAL CAROLINA GAME NOTES

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- The leaders of the Big South Conference's North and South Divisions square off Saturday when Campbell hosts Coastal Carolina in an 11:00 a.m. tip-off at Gore Arena.

The game will be aired live on ESPNU, marking the first nationally-televised home event in Campbell basketball history.  Roy Philpott and Paul Biancardi handle on-air duties for the ESPNU broadcast.  The contest will also be carried on WCLN 107.3 FM (NC Sandhills region) and at GoCamels.com (free audio and video) with Chris Hemeyer and Jerry Smith on the call.

Campbell (11-11, 5-2) tops the North Division after winning its first four league home games, including a 65-57 triumph Wednesday over Charleston Southern.  The Camels have won those games by 3-, 4-, 2- and 8-point margins.

On Wednesday, Reco McCarter led a balanced CU effort with 14 points and a career-high 8 assists.  Darius Leonard (14), Luke Moyer (13) and Leek Leek (11) also hit double digits for the Camels, who made 11-of-24 threes (.458).

Coastal (12-9, 5-2) has won three-straight and five of its last six outings.  The lone blemish was a 73-72 overtime decision against Winthrop. 

On Wednesday, Warren Gillis scored 18 points, including the winning basket with 1.5 seconds left in a 66-64 win over Liberty.

CAMEL TRACKS:

  • With 5 victories in his first seven conference games, Kevin McGeehan is off to the most successful league start of any Campbell coach at the Division I level.  Billy Lee's teams went 3-5 in 1985-86 in the Big South, while Robbie Laing's first squad (2003-04) finished 3-17 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
  • Campbell is the lone unbeaten team at home (4-0) in Big South action.
  • CU is off to a 5-2 start in Big South play.  Six of those seven games have been decided by eight or fewer points.
  • On Wednesday, Campbell blocked a season-high 10 shots, one shy of the team Gore Arena record, in its win over Charleston Southern.  Leek Leek and Reco McCarter had 3 rejections each.  Leek stands 2nd in the conference with 2.0 blocks per outing in Big South action.
  • Against the Big South, Reco McCarter leads Campbell in scoring (17.0 ppg), followed by Darius Leonard (11.3), Andrew Ryan (11.1) and Leek Leek (10.3).
  • Coastal Carolina guard Elijah Wilson ranks 11th nationally in scoring among freshman with a 16.0 ppg average that stands 9th in the Big South.
  • In Big South games, the Camels are averaging just 9.9 turnovers per game, lowest in the league.  CU leads the conference in assist-turnover ratio (1.61), assists (15.86) and 3-point FG made (9.57) in Big South play.
  • Campbell owns a 21-15 edge in the all-time series with Coastal Carolina, which began in 1975 when both schools were members of the NAIA.  CU stands 12-3 all-time against the Chants in Buies Creek, and 6-9 vs. Coastal at Conway, S.C.
  • The Camels and Chanticleers played nine times while CU was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (1994-2011) with Campbell winning five, including all four at old Carter Gym.
  • Campbell won the only meeting between the teams at Gore Arena since CU re-joined the Big South in 2011-12, a 70-65 OT victory on Jan. 2, 2012.
  • Coastal Carolina is 3-1 on the road in Big South play and has won its last 3 league away games.
  • In the only meeting between the teams last year at Conway, Coastal Carolina topped the Camels 73-59.  The Chants shot 49% for the game, 54.5% in the 2nd half, while Campbell made just 37.5% of their shots.
  • The Chanticleer ­– a proud and fierce rooster – is the unique nickname for the Coastal Carolina University mascot and athletics teams. The Chanticleer (pronounced "SHON-ti-clear") is derived from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, specifically The Nun's Priest Tale.
  • Cliff Ellis's teams are 3-3 all-time vs. Campbell, including his first coaching win at Clemson, on Nov. 30, 1984, in the opening round of the old IPTAY Tournament.
  • Following Saturday's game, the Camels start a 2-game road stretch Wednesday at UNC Asheville (7:00 p.m.).