Big South Recap: Wild Night in the Palmetto and Pine

Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE

Six games were on the Big South slate Wednesday night, four of those games ended up being one shot games including a couple of battles for first place. Cross-divisional play now starts on Saturday.

NORTH DIVSION


Final - 1.22.2014 1 2 Total
Radford Highlanders 39 24 63
Campbell Fighting Camels 30 35 65

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Shame on me for ever doubting the Campbell Camels, the boys in Buies Creek proved they were for real tonight with a big home victory over Radford to take first place in the North Division. VCU transfer Reco McCarter once again lead the Camels with 17 points and 7 rebounds. R.J Price lead the Highlanders with 12 points and a 4-for-11 performance from beyond the arc.

Campbell will look to keep momentum flowing with a trip to old Atlantic Sun rival Gardner-Webb on Saturday. Radford will host Coastal Carolina at home.




High Point has found their stride after beating Longwood and Liberty last week and the Panthers looked like they roll over the VMI Keydets on the road tonight. Instead VMI fought back for a big 82-80 overtime win in Lexington. Freshman phenom Q.J. Peterson finished with 25 points but Rodney Glasgow was the hero hitting the game winning jumper with less than 3 seconds left in OT. Preseason Player of the Year John Brown had a big game for the Panthers with 28 points, 9 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Keydets are now 3-2 in conference play and will head to Rock Hill to take on Winthrop. High Point will have a chance to get back to .500 in Big South play with a visit from UNC Asheville Saturday.




Longwood grabbed their first conference win tonight and sent in-state rival Liberty to an 0-13 record all-time in Willett Hall with a big 69-66 victory for first year head coach Jayson Gee. Lucas Woodhouse, who is second in the country in assists, had a career high 27 points and hit his second game-winning three of the year with less than 3 seconds left to down the Flames. Woodhouse was 7-for-10 from beyond the arc tonight. Leron Fisher also added 6 steals on the night for the Lancers and gave Liberty point guard John Caleb Sanders fits all night. Tomasz Gielo lead the Flames with 20 points.

Longwood will now head to the Buc Dome to take on Charleston Southern, while Liberty will host struggling Presbyterian at home.

SOUTH DIVISION




The big first place match up in the South Division turned out to be not so big as Pat Kelsey's Eagles simply didn't show up in Asheville. Jaron Lane had 22 points for the Bulldogs in their big win while stellar freshman Andrew Rowsey added 17 points.

The Bulldogs will head to High Point this Saturday and Winthrop will look to rebound at home against Duggar Baucom's VMI Keydets.




Both of these teams needed a win as springboard tonight and it was the Charleston Southern Buccaneers who got a big road win thanks to an Arlon Harper jumper with under 4 seconds to play. Saah Nimley lead the Bucs with 20 points, while Harper, Allie Fullah, Cedrick Bowen, Will Saunders, and Matt Kennedy also finished in double-figures. Jerome Hill and Naji Hibbert lead the Bulldogs with 19 an 18 points respectively.

Charleston Southern will welcome in Longwood on Saturday night and Tim Craft's Bulldogs will host Campbell.




Josh Cameron had 24 points for the Chanticleers tonight to down the Presbyterian Blue Hose 84-72 in Clinton. Jordan Downing's 28 points just weren't enough tonight and four Chants would end up in double-figures in the win. Coastal gets a leg up heading into cross-divisional play, while PC is still looking for their first conference win.

PC will head to Liberty Saturday while Coastal will also make a Virginia road trip to take on Radford.

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