Camels head to Charleston seeking sweep of Bucs

Kyre' Hamer
(Will Bratton photo)
Kyre' Hamer (Will Bratton photo)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – With Big South Conference tournament seeding at stake, Campbell looks to extend its win streak to three games Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Charleston Southern.

The Camels (13-13, 6-8) are coming off a 70-57 win Saturday at Presbyterian, where they never trailed and canned 11 three-pointers.  Chris Clemons led CU with 23 points, including a career-high tying 6 threes, while Kyre' Hamer added 15.

Charleston Southern (8-17, 4-10) has dropped its last two outings and five of its last six following Saturday's 76-69 setback at Liberty.  Cortez Mitchell led CSU with 23 points, but the Bucs could not overcome 37.5 percent shooting.

Last month at Buies Creek, Clemons scored a career-high 37 points and Campbell tied a school record for fewest turnovers in a game (3) in a 92-82 win over Charleston Southern.  Shane Whitfield added 17 points, for the Camels, who had only one turnover in the second half and made six more free throws (29-38) than the visitors attempted (17-23).  Jamal Thomas scored a career-high 19 points in his first career start for CSU.

Notes:

  • Campbell sophomore Chris Clemons (23.1 ppg) has scored at least 20 points 19 times this year, most in the Big South.  The nation's 5th-leading scorer, Clemons is the 3rd sophomore in Big South history and 27th player in Campbell records to  reach 1,000 career points (1,157).  He has moved into 21st place on CU's all-time scoring list, 11th in the Division I era (since '77-78).
  • Campbell continues to lead all Big South teams in free throw percentage (.753) and is on pace to break the school record (.722) set in 2006-07. 
  • Road teams own a 37-33 (.529) record through 70 Big South games this year. Campbell is 5-6 on the road this season, 3-4 at Big South schools.
  • Charleston Southern's Christian Keeling enters Wednesday's game averaging 16.6 points, 4th-highest in the Big South and tops among league freshmen.
  • Shane Whitfield ranks 9th among Big South FT% leaders (.769) while leading the league in free throws made (133) and attempted (173).
  • Campbell ended a four-game losing streak in the series against Charleston Southern last February by claiming a 74-72 win at the CSU Field House.  It marked Campbell's first road win against the Bucs since re-joining the league in 2011-12.
  • The CSU Field House holds the distinction of being the smallest capacity (881)  home court in the Division I ranks.  Campbell's old venue -- Carter Gym -- was the country's smallest men's setting (947 seats) before CSU reconfigured its building.  CU moved into the 3,095-seat Gore Arena before the 2008-09 season.
  • Campbell is 8-13 all-time at the CSU Field House.
  • CSU junior forward Javis Howard leads the Big South with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game.
  • CSU senior guard Raemond Robinson has produced the two highest scoring games of his career vs. the Camels.  He tallied 19 points on Jan. 16, 2016 in an 82-75 win at Gore Arena; then hit 7 threes en route to 27 points in a 74-72 loss to CU Feb. 20, 2016 at Charleston.
  • Sophomore G Armel Potter leads the Big South in assist-turnover ratio (1.8), while ranking sixth in assists (3.2) and 17th in scoring (12.0).
  • Following Wednesday's game, the Camels return home to host Big South co-leader UNC Asheville Saturday at 2 p.m.