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Big South Round Up: Charleston Southern, High Point, Winthrop Make Statements

Three teams in the Big South had statement wins tonight as we march closer to the conference tournament.

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Hey, hey! We might have some seeding shaping up for the Big South Tournament in a couple of weeks after tonight's action.

High Point Dominates Gardner-Webb

Before tip-off on Wednesday if I told you John Brown would have 2 points, no rebounds, and High Point would win by 21 then you would've laughed in my face. Thus was the case tonight with the Panthers taking down the Bulldogs 83-62. Four Panthers finished in double-figures lead by Lorenzo Cugini with 19 points and 7 rebounds.

This may be just the type of win Scott Cherry's squad needs heading into Myrtle Beach. High Point needs to show that they can win without John Brown and they showed that tonight. Presbyterian comes to visit the Millis Center on Saturday night which is a perfect opportunity for High Point to build some momentum and get closer to locking up the one seed.

Gardner-Webb has now dropped three straight and has all but locked up a spot playing on day one in Myrtle Beach instead of receiving a first round bye. Jerome Hill had 13 points and 8 rebounds as he still tries to become the conference Player of the Year. The good news for Tim Craft is Liberty comes to town this Saturday.

Winthrop Runs Away Against Asheville

It just wasn't a good night for Bulldogs all around as Asheville dropped a much needed game at Winthrop 91-70. Keon Moore had 27 points and 3 rebounds for the Eagles and you have to wonder if his consistent play recently has vaulted him over Hill, Brown, and Saah Nimley in the Player of the Year race? Winthrop is still in the hunt for a one seed and will need a win in Willett Hall against a fiesty Longwood team coming off a win at Liberty.

Jaleel Roberts continues to become more of a factor for Asheville and had 25 points and 3 rebounds tonight. Andrew Rowsey struggled with leg tightness and didn't really show up going 1-for-5 with 3 points on the night. Asheville now looks to be playing on day one of the tournament as well and will look to spark things back up against Radford on Saturday.

Nimley Runs Away From Presbyterian

After a rough game at Longwood Saah Nimley responded with a monster night against the Blue Hose going for 34 points aand putting himself right back in that Player of the Year race. That was really the only story out of this 75-49 beatdown in the Buc Dome tonight. The Bucs can continue to try to get a leg up in the battle for first place with a trip to Buies Creek on  Saturday to take on Campbell.