HPU men’s basketball faces off with Campbell Thursday on the road

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University men’s basketball team is back in action on Thursday, Jan. 19, when the team travels to Buies Creek, N.C., to face off the Camels of Campbell University. The Panthers will try and get their second-straight win and third in conference play with a victory over Campbell.

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Kevin Burke and Stafford Stephenson will be back on the call on the High Point Panthers Radio Network, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.

• High Point shut down Presbyterian College on its way to a 77-44 win over the Blue Hose. The Panthers got a career-high 20 points from freshman Jamal Wright on 7-7 shooting. The point guard also had five assists without a turnover in the contest.
• The 44 points allowed by HPU against Presbyterian College was the fewest surrendered to a Div. I opponent by the Panthers since High Point gave up 43 to VMI in the 2004 Big South Men’s Basketball Tournament. High Point’s defense held the Blue Hose to just 16-49 shooting and forced 22 turnovers in the contest.
• High Point has been one of the top rebounding teams in the Big South since the start of league play. The Panthers have a +5.0 rebounding margin in six Big South games and have won the rebounding battle in each of its past four games. For the season, High Point has allowed just 32.8 rebounds per game, tops in the conference.
• High Point has excelled in free throw shooting on the road, going 120-158 (.759). Overall, High Point ranks fifth in the Big South in free throw percentage at .701 (286-408). Redshirt-senior Miles Bowman Jr., leads the Big South and is 31st in the nation in free throw percentage at .882 (60-68).
• Wright currently sits second in the Big South in assists per game (3.8) in his first collegiate campaign. He has 66 assists while committing just 41 turnovers and is tops in the conference with a 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Bowman Jr. is one of 55 players nationally with at least seven double-doubles in 2016-17. The redshirt-senior is second in the Big South and 62nd nationally in rebounds/game (8.6).

High Point is 31-20 all-time against Campbell and 7-2 against the Camels since they joined the Big South in the 2010-11 season. The Panthers earned a 73-63 win over Campbell at Gore Arena in the two teams’ only meeting last season. John Brown led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds in the contest. Senior Anthony Lindauer was one of four double-digit scorers in the game, finishing with 12 points on 4-7 shooting and six rebounds. High Point’s last loss in the series came in 2014 when Campbell earned a 74-71 win over the Panthers.

High Point has complied a 329-272 (.547) record all-time against Div. I programs hailing from the Tar Heel State. HPU’s most common opponents are Elon (86-76, .531), Appalachian State (60-36, .625) and Western Carolina (40-23, .635). The majority of those meetings came during the NAIA era. High Point is 79-72 (.523) against Big South programs from North Carolina and 250-200 (.556) against the rest of the state’s Div. I teams. HPU is 2-2 against Div. I teams from North Carolina this season with wins over UNCG and Gardner-Webb and losses to Western Carolina and UNC Asheville.

Campbell boasts one of the top offenses in the league, led by guard Chris Clemons, the Big South leading scorer. The Camels rank second in the Big South at 75.8 points per game and are shooting .384 from behind the arc, second best in the league. Clemons is averaging 23.2 points per game and is sinking over three 3-pointers per contest. Campbell is 10-8 overall and 3-3 in the Big South after dropping two of its last three games to current conference co-leaders Winthrop and Liberty.

High Point continues its two-game road swing on Saturday, Jan. 21, when the team heads north to face off with the Radford Highlanders. The game is set to tip at noon and it will be broadcast on ASN.