You’ve seen the recap. Now, let’s go Inside the Numbers on Wednesday’s game one of the Campbell-Winthrop Big South series.
When you’ve covered basketball for as long as I have, you’ve pretty much experienced every emotion imaginable. Or so I thought.
After this game ended, I looked over at my boss/friend/”press box” compadre Alex Zietlow and just laughed. Realistically, I didn’t know what else to do. There was absolutely no aspect of this game that made sense whatsoever. Don’t believe me? Follow along, followers along!
Let’s start with the elephant(s) in the room:
I thought this was …let’s just say bravo sierra when I read this tweet. Well…
One of the hilarious bits of trivia about me is that I’m imperfect at math. Yes, I’m writing an article about numbers — hey, look at these jangling keys! — but yep, that’d be 21. See why I started laughing?
- Windex men: If you know Pat Kelsey at all, you’ll know how much he emphasizes rebounding on both ends of the floor. Partially because of fouls — we’ll discuss that later — and partially because of effort, among other things, Winthrop enjoyed an advantage on the boards Wednesday. Okay, that’s an understatement. Winthrop enjoyed dominance on the boards Wednesday. The Eagles snared 45 boards to Campbell’s 22, with a 20-to-1 advantage on the offensive boards.
I asked Kelsey the kind of question I almost felt I had to ask, knowing him as I do:
Which number are you happier with, the 20 offensive rebounds for you guys or the one for them?
[laughs] I lump rebounding into the same category. (Associate head coach) Dave Davis is our rebounding coordinator. He eats it, sleeps it, drinks it. When he has a game like this, this is like a pitcher throwing a perfect game for him. I think (I’m happy with) both. We minimized their opportunities to get second shots. In a game where we didn’t shoot it well, luckily, we went and got a whole bunch of our misses.
Kelsey also cited that his team snagged 49 percent of its missed shots. This led to a gigantic stat we’ll mention later.
- You get a foul! You get a foul! You get a foul!: Campbell was plagued almost all day by foul woes. The Camels had five players foul out, en route to a game in which they committed 38 team fouls. Sure, many of those fouls came late in the game as they tried to keep alive their hopes to win the game, but starters Ricky Clemons and Cedric Henderson were DQed, along with bench contributors Messiah Thompson and Milos Stajcic. The fouls led to a staggering 50 free throw attempts by the Eagles, with the 50th try — and 37th make — providing the death blow to the Camels with a second to play. Conversely, the Camels clanged 12 tries — out of 25 — which is a total killer in a one-point game against the elite team in the circuit.
- Maybe they should try free throws behind the arc: Campbell shot 57.1 percent (8-for-14) from three, versus 52 percent (13-for-25) from the stripe. The precedent is there to can triples over the pack line and its variants — see last year’s North Florida game at Liberty as just one of many examples — but the inability to hit free throws when afforded the opportunity didn’t help.
- Shine off the pine: The sides combined for 61 bench points, with Campbell surprisingly tallying one more point than did Winthrop off the bench. 24 of those points came from Austin McCullough and Stajcic, with Stajcic playing key minutes in relief of Joshua Lusane following Lusane’s early departure due to an injury. Winthrop’s depth has been lauded — for good reason — in early action, but just one Eagle reserve finished in double figures (Adonis Arms scored 12).
- Helping hand: Campbell forward Jesus Carralero, who led the Camels in assists per game at just over three coming in, dished out five helpers to pace the visitors in game one. Fellow usual assist-leading suspect Chandler Vaudrin provided five late holiday gifts of his own in the contest, also finishing with five. Both players are the same height, but don’t play the same position. Campbell runs its offense through the post, which accounts for Carralero’s status atop the Camels’ leaderboard.
- Winthrop finished the game without a field goal over the last 4:29. Campbell hit its final five shots.
- Forward Jamal King contributed six points and six boards in limited reserve action, along with two blocks. One of those blocks was a violent swat that earned several jokes on Twitter that he could join Chuck Rey’s star-studded Winthrop volleyball team. King also committed four turnovers, though, which was less than ideal.
- Vaudrin hit 10-of-15 tries at the line Wednesday. That’s a significant development, considering his struggles at the line last year.
- Campbell scored on 48.1 percent of its attempts from the field. This actually bested Winthrop, who connected on 47 percent of its tries.
Our good friend Jeremy shared this:
And finally, the Hustle Stats:
- Points in the paint: Campbell 28, Winthrop 22
- Points off turnovers: Campbell 26, Winthrop 23
- Winthrop committed 14 second-half turnovers, which helped pad this number quite a bit.
- Second-chance points: Winthrop 20, Campbell 0
- I’m not sure when the last time was that Winthrop held an opponent to zero second-chance points. I need to check with Winthrop’s basketball SID/rock star Brett Redden to get that answer.
- Fast-break points: Campbell 2, Winthrop 2
Bonus: Speaking of Brett, his office offers this:
- Campbell is the first league opponent to shoot 60 percent from the floor against the Eagles since UNC Asheville did it Feb. 26, 2014 (Eagles won 107-100 in overtime)
The guy who buried the corner three to send that one to extra time — and just feet from me, to boot? That’d be Keon Moore, who joined our good buddy Dave Friedman on the radio call of Wednesday’s game.
WINTHROP 84, CAMPBELL 83
CAMPBELL (4-4): Clemons 2-6 1-3 5, Whitfield 7-14, 1-1 17, Carralero 6-7 4-9 16, Lusane 1-2 0-0 2, Henderson 5-7 1-2 12, Mokseckas 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Burton 1-1 0-0 2, Thompson 2-4 0-0 5, Stajcic 3-3 1-3 8, McCullough 4-5 5-7 16, Vaistaras 0-0 0-0 0, Lynch 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-50 13-25 83.
WINTHROP (6-0): Anumba 3-4 5-5 11, Falden 3-9 8-10 16, Zunic 1-3 0-0 3, Burns 3-4 1-2 7, Vaudrin 3-10 10-15 17, Jones 1-2 1-2 3, Talford 1-2 0-0 2, King 2-7 2-4 6, Arms 2-7 8-10 12, Corbin 1-4 0-0 3, Claxton 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 21-55 37-50 84.
Halftime — Winthrop 39-33. 3-Point Goals—Campbell 8-14 (Clemons 0-1, Whitfield 2-5, Henderson 1-1, Mokseckas 0-1, Thompson 1-2, Stajcic 1-1, McCullough 3-3), Winthrop 5-22 (Anumba 0-1, Falden 2-7, Zunic 1-2, Vaudrin 1-3, Jones 0-1, King 0-3, Arms 0-1, Corbin 1-4). Fouled Out — Clemons (CU), Henderson (CU), Mokseckas (CU), Thompson (CU), Stajcic (CU), Anumba (WU). Rebounds — Winthrop 45 (Vaudrin 8), Campbell 22 (McCullough 5). Assists —Campbell 12 (Carralero 5), Winthrop 9 (Vaudrin 5). Total Fouls — Campbell 38, Winthrop 25. Technical — NA. A —NA.