Camels host Radford Saturday in regular season finale

Head Coach Kevin McGeehan
(Will Bratton photo)
Head Coach Kevin McGeehan (Will Bratton photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell and Radford close the regular season Saturday with a 4:30 p.m. tip-off at Gore Arena.  The game marks the final regular season appearance for a quartet of Campbell seniors - Kyre' Hamer, Quinton Ray, Jacob Talbert and Josh Crumpler.

The Camels (13-16, 6-11) are coming off a 59-49 loss Thursday at High Point.  Chris Clemons returned to action, but was the only Camel in double figures with 23 points.  High Point ended the game on a 20-6 run to send the Camels to their third-straight loss.

Campbell will host either Longwood or Presbyterian in a Big South Championship 1st round game Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Radford (13-16, 8-9) has won four of its last five outings, including two-straight. On Thursday, the Highlanders held off Presbyterian 59-57 behind 15 points from Ed Polite, Jr.

Last month at Radford, Clemons scored 36 points; Shane Whitfield added 16 and Hamer 15 in CU's 78-61 win at the Dedmon Center in front of an ESPNU national TV audience.

Notes:

  • Campbell guard Chris Clemons (23.4 ppg) has scored at least 20 points 21 times in 28 games this year, most in the Big South.  The nation's 5th-leading scorer, Clemons has moved into 16th place on CU's all-time scoring list (1210), 9th in the Division I era (since '77-78) and has already broken the school sophomore class scoring mark (654) previously set by Jonathan Rodriguez (631).
  • Campbell continues to lead all Big South teams in free throw percentage (.741) and is on pace to break the school record (.722) set in 2006-07. Clemons is 6th (.821) and Shane Whitfield 10th (.744) among league FT% leaders.
  • Radford tops the Big South in rebounding margin (+5.0) and offensive rebounds (12.8).
  • Shane Whitfield leads the Big South in free throws made (145) and attempted (195).
  • Cory Gensler has scored in double figures in four of the last five games.
  • Kyre' Hamer, who is 29th among Big South scoring leaders (9.0), returned to action at High Point after missing 2 games due to injury.
  • Radford leads the all-time series with the Camels 21-15, but Campbell has won 5 of 9 games since returning to the Big South in 2011-12.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. 
  • CU is 7-7 at home this year (3-5 vs. Big South foes at Gore Arena). Radford is 4-10 on the road, 4-4 at Big South foes.
  • Radford sophomore forward Ed Polite, Jr. leads the Big South and ranks 32nd in the nation in rebounding (9.4).  He is 2nd in the league in offensive boards (2.82) and tops the Big South lead in double-doubles (13).
  • The Highlanders have won the battle of the boards 23 times in 29 games, including 13 of 17 Big South contests. 
  • RU is 10-0 this year when scoring 70-plus 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).