High Point MBB Travels to East Carolina Saturday

High Point at East Carolina
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 | 5 p.m.
WHERE: Greenville, N.C. | Minges Coliseum (8,000)
SERIES RECORD: 60th meeting, HPU leads, 35-24
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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University men’s basketball team returns stateside to take on East Carolina on Saturday (Nov. 24). Tip-off from Greenville, N.C., is set for 5 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

• High Point and East Carolina renew a rivalry that has not been played since Jan. 31, 1968, an 83-77 HPU win.
• HPU head coach Tubby Smith is one win shy of 600 for his Division I coaching career. He would become the 27th-active NCAA coach to reach 600 wins and the 15th-active Division I coach to reach the milestone.
• The Panthers (2-3) return to North Carolina after going 2-1 at the Bimini Jam in the Bahamas, Nov. 16-19. HPU defeated South Dakota, 60-56, to open the tournament before falling to UMBC, 68-59. The Purple & White finished strong, defeating Air Force, 69-62.
• Junior Jahaad Proctor was named to the Bimini Jam All-Tournament team after averaging 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over the three games.
• Proctor led all scorers with 28 points against Air Force, one shy of his career high. It was the 11th time in his career and third time this season he has scored 20 or more points.
• Freshman Curtis Holland III made his first collegiate start against UMBC and scored 18 points, including five 3-point field goals. In his collegiate debut against South Dakota, Holland had four steals.
• Sophomore Tim Cameron recorded a career-high 14 points and six rebounds against South Dakota. Cameron, a transfer from UTEP, is in action this year after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
• Senior Ricky Madison tallied his second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Air Force. He had eight rebounds, including six offensive boards in the first half.
• Madison is leading the Big South with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game and is fourth in the league with 7.2 boards per contest. Madison’s offensive rebounding percentage (19.0 percent) ranks 13th in the nation.

It will be the 60th meeting between the two teams, with HPU leading the series 34-25. High Point has won eight out of the last 10 meetings, including the latest result, 83-77, on Jan. 31, 1968 in High Point.

East Carolina comes into the game having won its last two games, including a 76-64 win over Prarie View A&M on Wednesday (Nov. 21) in Greenville. Shawn Williams made his season debut and scored 18 points. Jayden Gardner leads the Pirates in scoring with 16.3 points per game, while Seth Leday is averaging 13.8 points per contest.

High Point has complied a 335-279 (.546) record all-time against Division I programs hailing from the Tar Heel State. HPU’s most common opponents are Elon (86-76), Appalachian State (60-36) and Western Carolina (41-23). The majority of those meetings came during the NAIA era. High Point is 84-78 (.519) against Big South programs from North Carolina and 251-201 (.555) against the rest of the state’s Div. I teams. HPU went 4-4 against Division I schools from North Carolina in 2017-18. The Panthers defeated Western Carolina, UNC Asheville, Campbell and Gardner-Webb, and fell to Charlotte, Gardner-Webb, Campbell and UNC Asheville.

This will be the Panthers first contest against a member of the American Athletic Conference, since the AAC was formed in 2013.

HPU Head Coach Tubby Smith is 3-1 all-time as a head coach against East Carolina. Last season with Memphis, Smith was defeated by East Carolina in overtime, 88-85, on Feb. 3, 2018 in Greenville before the Tigers were victorious in the final regular season game, 90-70, in Memphis on March 4. Smith is 41-23 against the American Athletic Conference, which includes two seasons in the league as the head coach of Memphis.

The Panthers travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on The Citadel on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.