BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Following a tough road loss Thursday, Campbell hosts Presbyterian Saturday in a 2:00 p.m. tip-off at Gore Arena. Admission is free for the New Year's Eve matinee.
The Camels (7-6, 0-1) dropped a 79-77 decision at Longwood in their Big South opener when Darrion Allen tipped in his own miss with 6 seconds left. Khris Lane led Longwood with a career-best 30 points on 13-16 shooting and the Lancers hit 56 percent of their shots, including 7-11 threes.
Chris Clemons with 24 points, plus a career-high tying 8 rebounds, but his 3-point attempt at the horn hit the iron and bounced away. Shane Whitfield added 19 points and 4 assists, while Kyre' Hamer finished with a season-high 19 points, including a career-best 5 threes.
The loss was Campbell's first in a Big South opener since re-joining the league in 2011-12.
Presbyterian (4-8, 0-1) is coming off a 77-61 loss at home to Liberty Thursday in its league opener. J.C. Younger had 21 points and Ed Drew 16 for the Blue Hose. Liberty made 65 percent of its shots in the second half, 55 percent for the game.
- Campbell is playing on New Year's Eve for the third-straight year and stands 3-0 all time in games played on the last day of the calendar year. CU won 90-83 last year at Winthrop and defeated Liberty 53-46 on New Year's Eve 2014 in Buies Creek. Before that, the Camels had not played on New Year's Eve since Dec. 31, 1969 - a 94-85 win over Virginia State at Carter Gym.
- Chris Clemons has scored in double digits 42 times in 43 career outings. He is the nation's 9th-leading scorer (22.5) - tops in the Big South - and has scored at least 20 points 10 times this year.
- Red-shirt junior forward Shane Whitfield ranks 7th among Big South FT% leaders (.750), 13th in rebounds (4.8) and scoring (13.2).
- Sophomore center Andrew Eudy leads the Big South in blocked shots (2.08) and is shooting 58 percent from the floor.
- Over the last seven games, senior guard Kyre' Hamer is averaging 11 points, 3.3 rebounds and is shooting 57 percent from the field.
- Cory Gensler was named Big South freshman of the week after hitting 8-of-8 from 3-point range in two wins and averaging 14 points and 3.5 rebounds. He set a Gore Arena record for highest 3-point FG percentage in a game when he hit all six of his attempts and scored a career-best 18 points against Johnson & Wales.
- In the last meeting between the teams, balanced offense and opportunistic defense led Campbell to its largest margin of victory in a Big South road game since re-joining the conference in 2011-12. The Camels shot 58 percent from the floor and finished with a 36-6 advantage in points off turnovers in a 91-61 win Feb. 13, 2016 at Presbyterian. The Camels extended an 11-point halftime lead to as many as 32, thanks to a 23-3 run in the final period. Chris Clemons (4-6 threes) led the Camels with 18 points
- Campbell's three losses in the all-time series with the Blue Hose have both come by a total of 11 points. PC claimed a 70-63 win at Gore Arena on Jan. 2, 2016.
- The Camels are 3-1 all-time at Presbyterian's Templeton Center, 2-2 at Gore Arena vs. PC.
- PC and Campbell have split the season series over the last two years.
- PC and Campbell have faced four common opponents this year. The Blue Hose defeated VMI (77-67) and Johnson & Wales (107-63), while falling at The Citadel (97-83) and at USC Upstate (76-48). Campbell won at VMI (67-53) and at The Citadel (97-91), defeated Johnson & Wales (90-59) at home and lost in OT to USC Upstate (80-73) on a neutral floor.
- Presbyterian's nickname "Blue Hose" refers to a fierce Scotch-Irish warrior, such as in the movie "Braveheart." Also, the Presbyterian Scotch-Irish wore blue stockings in early America. Former PC athletic director Walter Johnson also recalled: "I changed uniform colors to blue, wearing blue stockings and jerseys, and some sports writer started calling his articles the Presbyterian College teams the Blue Stockings." Years later, the word "Stocking" evolved into "the Hose," especially in newspaper headlines and the student body adopted it in the 1950s.
- Following Saturday's game, the Camels stay at home to host Charleston Southern next Wednesday (Jan. 4) in a 7 p.m. tip-off.