WHEN: Monday, January 15, 2018
WHERE: High Point, N.C. | Millis Center (1,750)
RECORDS: High Point (7-9, 2-3 Big South) | Presbyterian (8-10, 1-4 Big South)
SERIES RECORD: 25th meeting, High Point leads, 16-8
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AUDIO: High Point Panther Radio Network
VIDEO: Big South Network
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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University men’s basketball team (7-9, 2-3 Big South) returns home to face Presbyterian Monday night (Jan. 15). Tip-off at the Millis Center is set for 7 p.m.
Kevin Burke and Stafford Stephenson will be back on the call on for the High Point Panthers Radio Network, with coverage starting at approximately 6:30 p.m.
• This will be the 25th meeting between the two programs with High Point leading 16-8. The Panthers have won the last eight meetings, including 77-44 at the Millis Center last season.
• The Panthers are coming off a heartbreaking 65-64 defeat at Campbell on Friday night (Jan. 12). Chris Clemons hit a 25-foot 3-point shot at the buzzer to seal the win for the Camels.
• The Panthers return to the friendly confines of the Millis Center, where they are 6-1 this season. The Panthers are averaging 85.2 point per Division I game at home (91.4 overall) and are shooting 50.8 percent from the floor and 49.2 percent behind the arc at the Millis Center.
• Conversely, HPU is 1-8 away from the Millis Center this season. On the road, HPU is shooting 39.2 percent (32.1 percent from three) and is averaging 60.2 points per contest.
• At the Millis Center, HPU has a +5.4 rebounding margin per game, while on the road, they have a -1.1 rebounding margin.
• Sophomore Jahaad Proctor has regained his early-season form after missing five games with an ankle injury. In his six games back in action, Proctor is averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.• The biggest beneficiary of Proctor’s presence in the lineup is junior Andre Fox. In the five games without Proctor, Fox averaged 14.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game and shot 43.5 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point range. However, with Proctor in action, Fox is shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 54.9 percent from three and is averaging 19.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
• Fox has scored 20 or more points in four of five conference games after pouring in 20 against Campbell. He had a career-high 27 against UNC Asheville, had 21 at Winthrop and added 20 against Charleston Southern. Fox has nine games with at least 20 points this season, where he had six such games in all of 2016-17.
• Fox is currently second in the Big South in scoring at 17.8 points per game and field goal percentage at 50.0 percent. He is currently shooting 52.2 percent from 3-point range, which is on pace to break the single-season school record of 52.1 percent, set by Jarius Simms in 2009-10.
HISTORY vs. PRESBYTERIAN
High Point is 16-8 all-time against Presbyterian, winning the past eight meetings between the two sides. The last time Presbyterian was victorious in the series was Feb. 2, 2012 at the Millis Center, a 65-62 win. The Panthers won both meetings last year, 77-44, in the Millis Center on Jan. 14, 2017, and 68-58 in Clinton, S.C., on Feb. 9, 2017. In the last meeting, Miles Bowman Jr led the Panthers with 16 points, while Tarique Thompson added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
A LOOK AT THE BLUE HOSE (8-10, 1-4 BIG SOUTH)
Presbyterian comes into the game on a three-game losing streak after falling to UNC Asheville, 76-56, on Friday night (Jan. 12) in Clinton, S.C. Reggie Dillard leads the Blue Hose with 16.3 points per game, fifth in the Big South, while Davon Bell is averaging 12.9 points per contest. Bell leads the conference averaging 4.7 assists per game.
HISTORY vs. OPPONENTS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
High Point has complied a 80-95 (.457) record all-time against Div. I programs hailing from the Palmetto State. HPU’s most common opponents are Winthrop (14-28), Coastal Carolina (16-21) and Charleston Southern (21-17). High Point is 51-53 against Big South programs from South Carolina and 29-42 against the rest of the state’s Div. I teams. The Panthers are 1-4 against teams from South Carolina so far this season, defeating Charleston Southern, but falling to The Citadel, College of Charleston, Wofford and Winthrop.
The Panthers continue Big South play on Thursday (Jan. 18) when they host Liberty. Tip-off at the Millis Center at 7 p.m.