The Last Hoorah: Spartans, Camels Set for Final A-Sun Battle
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's basketball team plays its final road game of the season tomorrow afternoon when it battles Campbell at 3:15 p.m. Saturday's game will also be the final meeting for the Spartans and Camels as A-Sun foes as Campbell will officially join the Big South Conference on July 1, 2011.
In the Spartans last outing, at Belmont, they cut a 10-point halftime deficit to just four points with 16:32 to play but back-to-back-to-back triples by the Bruins quickly pushed the lead to 13 with 14:50 to play.
Upstate got as close as seven, however Belmont used a 17-for-23 (73.9%) effort from the floor en route to the 32-point victory.
When the Spartans and Camels last battled (Dec. 16, Spartanburg, S.C.), Campbell held a 19-point advantage with approximately 10 minutes to play but a furious Spartan rally made the game interesting. Upstate had a chance to tie the game with 34 seconds to play but Torrey Craig's three would not fall and Campbell ultimately escaped, 67-60.
• Redshirt freshman Ricardo Glenn scored a game high 12 points against Belmont and finished the music city swing averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per outing.
• Freshman Torrey Craig scored just six points at Belmont and it was the lowest point total for the rookie since scoring just three points at South Carolina (11/23).
• Senior Josh Chavis had appeared in every game during his Spartan career, but his streak of 115 straight games came to an end on Feb. 17 (Lipscomb) when a hamstring injury, suffered against Jacksonville, sidelined the senior from Greensboro, N.C.
• Senior Josh Chavis is now third in school history for career three-pointers. He sank three on Sunday vs. Jacksonville and now has 193 career triples. He surpassed Luke Payne (2004-08), who had 190 career triples.
• Senior Mezie Uzochukwu sank a career-best eight field goals on Feb. 11 against North Florida and finished with a season-best 16 points.
• Freshman Babatunde Olumuyiwa has 67 blocks on the season putting him third in the single-season record books.
Today's Opponent – Campbell
Campbell enters Saturday's game on a two-game skid and the Camels have lost seven of their last eight games. The Camels lone win during the stretch was a 64-61 win on the road at Stetson (Feb. 17).
After the victory over the Hatters, Campbell fell on the road at Florida Gulf Coast (L, 39-47, Feb. 19) and a home loss to ETSU (L, 59-66, Feb. 24).
Eric Griffin leads the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg) and two other Camels average double figures. Junard Hartley averages 10.2 points per outing, but number two scorer Lorne Merthie (11.2 ppg) will likely not suit up for the Camels on Saturday after suffering an injury earlier this month.