Camels head to Radford Thursday for ESPNU TV contest

Camels head to Radford Thursday for ESPNU TV contest

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will make its third appearance on ESPNU in the last four seasons Thursday when the Fighting Camels travel to Radford for a 7 p.m. tip.

The Camels (10-10, 3-5) have dropped 3-straight games for the first time in the 2016-17 season following Saturday's 72-56 loss at UNC Asheville.  Freshman Marcus Burk led CU with a season-high 15 points, including 4-of-6 threes, while Chris Clemons and Mogga Lado added 10 each.

Campbell is 1-3 on the road in Big South contests, including a 76-60 victory Jan. 11 at Gardner-Webb.  Radford stands 1-3 at home vs. league members and has dropped its last 3 Big South games at the Dedmon Center since an 80-77 win over Asheville in OT on Dec. 29.

Big South road teams have won 21 of the first 40 league outings (.525).

Radford (9-11, 4-4) has lost 3 of its last 4 outings after a 61-58 setback against High Point Saturday.  Ed Polite Jr., recorded his fourth straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds (plus 5 assists and 6 steals), but Radford could not overcome 28 percent shooting in the first half.

Notes:

  • Campbell leads all Big South teams in free throw% (.746), is 2nd in 3-point FG% (.378) and 3rd in FG% (.464).
  • Four of Campbell's five losses in Big South play have come by single digits, the most in the conference.  Radford has three single-digit setbacks vs. league foes.
  • Radford tops the league in rebounding (+4.5) and offensive rebounds, but is 10th in FG% (.415) and turnover margin (-5.0).
  • Sophomore G Chris Clemons has scored at least 20 points 14 times this year, most in the Big South.  The nation's 8th-leading scorer (22.8 ppg), Clemons is the 3rd sophomore in Big South history and 27th player in Campbell records to reach 1,000 career points (1,012).
  • Shane Whitfield ranks 8th among Big South FT% leaders (.752) while leading the league in free throws made (106) and attempted (141).  He is also 13th in scoring (13.1).
  • In Big South play, senior guard Kyre' Hamer is averaging 11.3 points (20th in the league) and 3.13 assists (8th) with 1.25 steals (8th).
  • Radford leads the all-time series with the Camels 21-14, but the teams have split 8 games since Campbell returned to the Big South in 2011-12.
  • The Highlanders stand 12-4 against the Camels all-time at the Dedmon Center and have won the last two.
  • Campbell is 6-2 all-time against Radford in games played at Buies Creek, 2-2 at Gore Arena and 4-0 at Carter Gym.
  • Radford sophomore forward Ed Polite, Jr. leads the Big South and ranks 26th in the nation in rebounding (10.1).  He is 2nd in the league in offensive boards (3.05) and shares the league lead in double-doubles (9).
  • The Highlanders have won the battle of the boards 11 times in the last 12 games. Over the last four outings, Radford owns a 66-17 edge in second-chance points.
  • Ex-CU standout Junard Hartley (2007-11) is in his 1st year as Radford's Director of Basketball Operations. He was the Atlantic Sun defensive player of the year in 2010 when the Camels shared the league regular season title. Hartley ranks 2nd on CU's all-time list for assists (600) and games started (115) and is 3rd in steals (212) and minutes (3536).
  • Radford 6th-year head coach Mike Jones faced the Camels during his playing days at Howard University (1983-87).  Jones is the son of former ABA standout guard Jimmy Jones, who also played with the NBA Washington Bullets in a pro career that spanned 1967-77.
  • Following Thursday's game, the Camels return home Saturday to take on Liberty in a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.