You’ve seen the recap. Let’s go Inside the Numbers for the final time in 2020 (thank the heavens)!
This might be a much shorter piece today, as this game played out differently than the first. That said, let’s take a spin through some of the key stats of the day.
- Messed around and got a triple-double: It seems to be almost commonplace for Chandler Vaudrin to record a triple-double. He’s the only player — I think, anyway — to drop one against a D1 team this season. Today, the active leader in triple-doubles among NCAA players tallied another against the Camels, scoring 10 points to accompany his 13 boards and 10 dimes. It was a sign of just how effectively Winthrop played as a team that Chan didn’t get mentioned until midway through Pat Kelsey’s postgame remarks, but there’s no question how much Kelsey loves his redshirt senior star. Vaudrin and Russell Jones also shared some time alongside each other on the floor during today’s outing, which allowed the Eagles to free Vaudrin to roam the floor a bit without needing to be as much of a facilitator.
- More reserve firepower: Winthrop outscored Campbell, 41-13, off the pine Thursday, with Adonis Arms leading the way with 15. Kelsey commented after the game that bench points are a deceptive stat for him, since the Eagles go 11 deep — at least — and have a frequent rotation of subs. The depth is just one of the many reasons Winthrop has drawn so much love from prognosticators, but will serve Kelsey’s club well as it faces back-to-back affairs the rest of the season.
- Over one per minute: As I mentioned in the gamer, DJ Burns tallied 15 points in 14 minutes Thursday, showing the form that made him a first-team all-Conference selection. Burns doesn’t have to play 30 minutes a game, and there are surely areas that could be refined in DJ’s repertoire, but it does lead to this question I saw earlier:
- Men in the middle: Winthrop tallied a huge 52-24 advantage on points in the paint. There were several contributing factors to that number — Campbell played just seven players through most of the game and Camel forward Joshua Lusane again missed the festivities due to injury. The Camels were — understandably — reticent to physically challenge at the tin. The bigger point is that Winthrop got downhill significantly more Thursday than it did Wednesday, and I know that had to be a point of contention in the film review and “scout” — such as one can have one in this short of a turnaround — getting ready for Thursday. The Eagles are at their best when playing as the aggressor, and they established their intent to work to the tin early and often.
- Handing out help: Winthrop assisted 19 times on 37 made buckets, which is a number made larger by Vaudrin’s 10 dimes. Take away his numbers, and you have just nine dimes on 27 buckets (33 percent); however, Winthrop also compiled 19 second-chance points and had quite a few transition conversions.
The big takeaway: Winthrop’s concerns thus far have been turnovers and fouls, and both of those appeared over the two-game series. Even with those issues, though, the Eagles collected yet another sweep.
Campbell’s going to be a problem the rest of the way in this league. They just keep coming at you, and they demonstrated they can stay with any team they face.
And finally, the Hustle Stats:
- Points in the paint: Winthrop 52, Campbell 24
- Points off turnovers: Campbell 19, Winthrop 6
- Winthrop coerced just 13 Camel turnovers, and notched just the half-dozen points from them
- Second-chance points: Winthrop 19, Campbell 3
- Campbell tripled its offensive rebound total from the first game of the series; however, they finished with three
- Fast-break points: Campbell 2, Winthrop 0
WINTHROP 94, CAMPBELL 76
CAMPBELL (4-5, 0-2 BIG SOUTH): Clemons 1-2 2-4 4, Whitfield 5-14 7-9 20, Carralero 6-13 0-0 12, McCullough 4-4 4-5 12, Henderson 4-12 6-8 15, Thompson 2-4 4-5 9, Stajcic 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 23-52 25-33 76.
WINTHROP (7-0, 4-0 BIG SOUTH): Anumba 3-5 0-0 7, Falden 4-5 0-0 11, Zunic 4-7 0-1 10, Burns 7-10 1-1 15, Vaudrin 3-7 4-8 10, Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Talford 2-2 1-1 5, King 1-3 0-0 2, Arms 5-9 3-4 15, Corbin 2-5 0-0 5, Claxton 6-8 2-3 14. Totals 37-63 11-18 94.
Halftime — Winthrop 47-35. 3-Point Goals—Winthrop 9-20 (Anumba 1-2, Falden 3-4, Zunic 2-4, Jones 0-1, King 0-2, Arms 2-4, Corbin 1-3), Campbell 5-15 (Whitfield 3-7, Carralero 0-1, Henderson 1-5, Thompson 1-2). Fouled Out — Carralero (CU), Falden (WU). Rebounds — Winthrop 41 (Vaudrin 13), Campbell 19 (Carralero 5). Assists —Winthrop 19 (Vaudrin 10), Campbell 10 (Carralero 5). Total Fouls — Winthrop 27, Campbell 17. Technical — NA. A —NA.