Camels face former league rival USC Upstate Friday at Holy City Hoops Classic

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – For the third time this season, Campbell will meet a former conference rival when the Camels take on USC Upstate Friday at 4:00 p.m. in the Holy City Hoops Classic on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Campbell and the Spartans met eight times as Atlantic Sun Conference league rivals before the Camels returned to the Big South following the 2010-11 season.  Friday's game marks the first time CU has faced an A-Sun member since departing the league.

The Camels (3-3) enter the three-day event on a two-game win streak following Saturday's 67-53 victory at VMI and Monday's 92-60 triumph over Allen. 

CU never trailed and led by as many as 39 in Monday's win over the NAIA member Yellow Jackets.  Chris Clemons had 27 points and a career-high 5 assists, while freshmen Marcus Burk (12) and Damontez Oliver (11) both hit double figures.  Andrew Eudy matched his career high with 12 rebounds for the Camels, who shot 57 percent from the field.

Notable:

  • Campbell stands 1-1 vs. former league foes this season. The Camels dropped a 66-53 decision against former A-Sun opponent Samford (now a Southern Conference member) before winning at ex-Big South member VMI.  CU also hosts former A-Sun rival Stetson on Dec. 22.
  • Through games of Nov. 29, Campbell ranks among the national leaders in 3-point FG% defense (7th, .246), overall defensive FG% (18th, .370) and blocked shots (16th, 6.2).
  • Chris Clemons produced his 16th 20-plus point game in 36 career outings Saturday at VMI.  He leads the Big South in scoring (23.2)and 3-pointers made (3.67) per game, marks that rank 14th and 13th, respectively, in the nation. He was named Big South co-player of the week Monday.
  • The Holy City Hoops Classic starts Friday at 2:00 p.m. with host The Citadel taking on Colgate.  On Saturday, The Citadel meets USC Upstate at noon, followed by Campbell vs. Colgate.  Sunday's schedule starts at 1:00 p.m. with Upstate facing Colgate, followed by the Campbell-The Citadel matchup.
  • Eddie Payne is in his 15th year at USC Upstate and 32nd overall as a head coach.  His previous stops included Oregon State (1995-2000) and East Carolina (1991-95).  His ECU teams posted a 4-1 record against the Camels.
  • The Spartans face four Big South Conference teams on the 2016-17 schedule.  In addition to Campbell, Upstate has lost to UNC Asheville (73-57), while winning at Charleston Southern (79-77).  Presbyterian travels to Spartanburg (Dec. 13). 
  • Upstate's non-conference schedule includes trips to Georgetown (L 60-105), Auburn (L 83-90) and Alabama (Dec. 15).  The Spartans won at Conference USA member Charlotte (108-103 in OT).
  • USC Upstate stands 15th in the country in offensive rebounds per game (15.0).
  • Campbell has won four of the last five games in the series with the Spartans, but the teams have not met since Campbell left the A-Sun to return to the Big South following the 2010-11 season.
  • Seven-foot, 285-pound senior Michael Buchanan comes off the Spartan bench to average 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 66 percent from the floor.  He scored 24 points with 14 rebounds in the win at Charlotte, while contributing 20 points and a career-high 15 boards in Tuesday's loss at Auburn.
  • USC Upstate (3-4) is 1-1 at home, 2-3 on the road this year. 
  • Colgate (2-4) is coming off a 91-68 win over Union Tuesday in its home opener.  The Raiders won at Cornell (67-63) Nov. 16 before dropping three-straight road games to NJIT (74-68), Penn State (72-59) and Columbia (81-78 in OT).  Colgate opened the year with an 83-55 loss at No.-19 Syracuse.
  • The Raiders are led by 6-foot-8 freshman forward Will Rayman, who is averaging 13.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.
  • Both Campbell (founded 1887) and Colgate (founded 1819) have Baptist heritages.
  • Starting in 1932, Colgate athletics teams were called the "Red Raiders" in reference to the new maroon uniforms of that season's "undefeated, untied, unscored upon, and uninvited" football team.  The "Red" description was dropped prior to the 2001-02 season out of respect to Native Americans. 
  • Colgate alumni include former NFL All-Pro fullbacks Marv Hubbard and Mark van Eeghen of the Oakland Raiders.  Also, the 8th pick of the 1997 NBA draft, Adonal Foyle, was a magna cum laude Colgate grad, who went to play 12 seasons in the league.
  • CU stands 1-4 all-time against current Patriot League members (0-1 vs. Colgate, 1-1 vs. Loyola Maryland, 0-2 vs. Navy).  When the Camels faced Loyola and Navy, neither were Patriot members at the time.
  • In the only previous meeting between the teams, Damon Sherman-Newsome scored a career-high 29 points and Colgate edged Campbell 54-48 Nov. 22, 2014 in Buies Creek.  The Raiders closed the game on a 9-2 run as Sherman-Newsome accounted for eight points in the final 1:10.  Kyre' Hamer led Campbell with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, plus three assists and three steals.
  • The Citadel (4-3) enters this weekend's play as the nation's top scoring team with an average of 102.7 points per game.  Sophomore center Zane Najdawi leads the team in scoring (18.9) and rebounding (8.1).
  • The Bulldogs are coming off a 97-83 win Monday vs. Presbyterian.  Najdawi finished with 27 points and 9 rebounds, while Preston Parks came off the bench to add 20 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 56 percent from the floor and made 12-of-24 threes.
  • The Citadel is 3-0 at home this year with its only losses coming at the College of Charleston (81-68), at No.-20 Iowa State (130-63) and at Arizona State (127-110).
  • Kevin McGeehan-coached teams are 6-2 all-time against members of the Southern Conference, 1-1 this year after a 66-53 loss to Samford (Nov. 21) and a 67-53 win at VMI (Nov. 26).
  • Last year's 101-82 Campbell win over the The Citadel was the first meeting in men's basketball since Jan. 8, 1983 - a 68-50 Citadel win at Rock Hill, S.C.  Danny Roberts was in his final year as head coach of the Camels that year and current CU broadcast analyst Jerry Smith was an assistant on the CU staff.
  • In last season's game, Chris Clemons set a school freshman class scoring record and led five Camels in double figures with 31 points as Campbell erased an early nine-point deficit. A 22-4 first-half run propelled CU into the lead and the Camels led by double-digits for the final 14:00 against a Bulldog squad that entered the contest averaging 94.1 points per game, tops among 351 NCAA Division I members.  The Camels shot 63 percent in the opening half and 58.5 percent for the game in an output that marked the most points scored by a Campbell team since a 101-82 win over Appalachian State on Nov. 16, 2012.
  • The Citadel is 1-0 vs. Big South Conference members this year following a 97-83 win Nov. 28 over Presbyterian.
  • The Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel had the highest percentage of any American college student body serving in the miltary during World War II.
  • Notable alumni of The Citadel are U.S. Senator "Fritz" Hollings and the late novelist Pat Conroy, who also penned a memoir, "My Losing Season," which chronicles his career as a member of the Bulldog basketball team