Camels host long-time rival UNCW Wednesday night

Kyre' Hamer
(ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Kyre' Hamer (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Following a nine-day break for final exams, Campbell (5-4) returns to action Wednesday when it hosts regional rival UNC Wilmington at 7:00 p.m.  The contest is the first of three-game home games and starts a stretch of five of the next six Camel outings to be played at Gore Arena.

Campbell has won its last two games and four of its last five, most recently a 97-91 triumph Dec. 4 at The Citadel.  The Camels overcame a 10-point deficit early in the second period by making 20-of-30 shots (67 percent) in the final stanza, plus 17-of-20 from the line.

On the heels overtime games the previous two days, the Camels finished the afternoon shooting 60 percent from the floor and outscoring the nation's top offense by a 10-2 margin in fast break points.

Campbell leads the Big South Conference in defensive field goal percentage (.392), 3-point field goal defense (.271), blocked shots (4.78) and defensive rebounds (29.0).

Notable:

  • After missing all but the first two minutes of the season opener at Oklahoma State due to injury, senior guard Kyre' Hamer returned to action Dec. 2 vs. USC Upstate. He averaged 9.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 60% from the floor as CU went 2-1 in the Holy City Hoops Classic.
  • Chris Clemons produced his 19th 20-plus point game in 39 career outings with 27 on Dec. 4 at The Citadel.  He is the nation's 4th-leading scorer (24.0) and is 8th in 3-point FG made (3.78).
  • Red-shirt junior forward Shane Whitfield hit career highs in scoring (29), rebounds (10), field goals (9) and free throws (11) in CU's 97-91 win at The Citadel.
  • Campbell and UNCW have split the last eight meetings between the teams with each winning its home games.  UNCW topped the Camels 106-83 last year in Wilmington, while Campbell won 69-63 in 2014-15 at Buies Creek.  In a series that dates to 1951-52, UNCW leads 58-43.
  • Ranked No.-5 in the latest CollegeInsider.com poll, UNCW is the highest-rated mid-major team CU has faced since Dec. 19, 2012, when the Camels traveled to Gonzaga, which was No.-1 in the CollegeInsider MM poll and No.-14 nationally.
  • UNCW is 5-1 on the road this year following Saturday's 81-80 win at St. Bonaventure.  Denzel Ingram's baseline jumper with two seconds remaining lifted the Seahawks to their 8th win in 9 outings overall.
  • The Seahawks are 10th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, stand 13th in the country in scoring (87.8) and 20th in turnovers forced (17.33).
  • UNCW has won five-straight games and is off to its best start (8-1) to a season since the 1992-93 opened 8-1.  UNCW's lone loss came Nov. 25 against Middle Tennessee State (88-83).
  • In UNCW's last trip to Buies Creek, the Camels defeated the Seahawks 69-63 in a game that featured 12 lead changes and seven ties.  D.J. Mason, Reco McCarter and Andrew Ryan each scored 15 points for the Camels, who shot 54 percent from the field and held a 22-14 edge in points off turnovers and scored 16 fast-break points against the Seahawk press.  Kyre' Hamer added nine points, four assists and four steals.
  • Now in his 13th year as the Voice of the Seahawks, UNCW broadcaster Mike Vaccaro spent six years (1998-2004) in a similar position with the Fighting Camels.
  • Following Wednesday's game, the Camels are back in action next Monday (Dec. 19) at 7:00 p.m. vs. Johnson & Wales.