High Point MBB Hosts Winthrop Saturday in Televised Matchup

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: High Point, N.C. | Millis Center (1,750)
RECORDS: High Point (12-12, 7-6 Big South) | Winthrop (15-9, 9-4 Big South)
SERIES RECORD: 43rd meeting, Winthrop leads, 28-14
LIVE STATS: Click Here
AUDIO: High Point Panther Radio Network
VIDEO: Big South Network | Stadium (WMYV in the Triad)
GAME NOTES: Click here

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University men’s basketball team (12-12, 7-6 Big South) returns home to host Winthrop (15-9, 9-4 Big South) on Saturday night (Feb. 10). Tip at the Millis Center is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on Stadium (WMYV in the Triad).

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.

• Last time out, the Panthers made a late defensive stand to defeat Radford, 61-60, at the Dedmon Center in Radford, Va., Wednesday night (Feb. 7).
•Junior Andre Fox made one of two free throws with 19 seconds to go to give HPU a one-point lead. Freshman Justyn Mutts got a piece of Ed Polite Jr.’s shot with two seconds left and Radford was unable to grab the rebound and get another shot up before time expired.
• Andre Fox has grabbed 19 rebounds in the last two games, all at the defensive end. He had 10 boards to go along with 14 points against Campbell on Jan. 12 for his first career double-double.
• Sophomore Jahaad Proctor is leading HPU and is fourth in the Big South with 3.4 assists per game. When he dishes out five or more assists, HPU is 5-0, and when he records four or more, High Point is 10-2. Proctor had four assists against Radford on Wednesday.
• Senior Jordan Whitehead has nine offensive rebounds in the last two games, including four against Radford, and is tied for third in Big South contests with junior Ricky Madison at 2.4 offensive rebounds per game.
• Andre Fox scored a pair of 3-pointers against Radford and has 107 for his career, ninth-most all-time at HPU. Next up on the chart is Zione White, who made 128 career 3-point field goals from 2003-05.
• Fox is working his way towards becoming the 33rd HPU player and the 10 HPU Division I player to score 1,000 career points. With 14 against Campbell, Fox has 959 career points.
• After giving up 81.7 points per game during a three-game losing streak, the Panthers only allowed 56 against Campbell, 21 points below its season average, and 60 at Radford, eight points under its average. HPU is second in the Big South, allowing 66.4 points per contest, 44th in the nation.

This will be the 43rd meeting all-time between the two squads, with the Eagles leading the series, 28-14. The two teams have split the last eight meetings, with the Eagles coming away with a 76-60 win on Dec. 30, 2017 in Rock Hill, S.C. High Point caused a season-high 25 turnovers and recorded a season-high 19 steals, the eighth-most in HPU Division I single-game history. HPU shot 31.7 percent from the field, while Winthrop shot 50.0 percent. Andre Fox led High Point with 21 points.

Winthrop comes into the game having won its last two games and eight of its last nine. Last time out, the Eagles defeated Presbyterian, 63-49, on Wednesday (Feb. 7) in Rock Hill, S.C. Xavier Cooks is second in the Big South in both scoring with 17.3 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per contest and 3.7 assists per game. Josh Ferguson is fourth in the conference with 7.1 rebounds per game. Brothers Anders and Bjorn Broman are averaging 12.1 and 11.2 points per contest.

High Point has complied a 81-96 (.458) record all-time against Division I programs hailing from the Palmetto State. HPU’s most common opponents are Winthrop (14-28), Charleston Southern (21-18) and Coastal Carolina (16-21). High Point is 52-54 against Big South programs from South Carolina and 29-42 against the rest of the state’s Div. I teams. The Panthers are 2-5 against teams from South Carolina so far this season, defeating Charleston Southern and Presbyterian, but falling to The Citadel, College of Charleston, Wofford, Winthrop and Charleston Southern.

The Panthers travel to Clinton, S.C., to take on Presbyterian on Thursday (Feb. 15) at 7 p.m.