Okay, so you know by now that Winthrop won its second Big South title in as many years earlier Sunday. Given that knowledge, let’s go Inside the Numbers on the 23rd Eagle victory in 24 games and the 43rd in the last 47 contests for Pat Kelsey’s crew.

  • Talford up to the task: Winthrop forward Kelton Talford, despite not getting much of the attention on this deep, talented Winthrop team, has quietly had an outstanding freshman season. The 6-foot-7 standout from Great Falls, South Carolina, missed just one try in his club’s entire three-game run in the tournament, knocking down 9-of-10 from the deck.
  • Burns shows out at home: Sophomore Winthrop post player DJ Burns came up huge in front of his local crowd. Burns, from just up the street in Rock Hill, scored 22 points in the championship game, missing just once in 12 tries. Burns had his second “dagger” dunk in the tournament, too; he spoke earlier in the tourney of “taking (the) hearts” of the opponent, and the dunk earlier Sunday did just that.
  • Free throws are free: Though it arguably made little difference in the final outcome, Campbell again struggled from the free throw line. The Camels’ resurgence of late had largely been keyed by a strong performance from the stripe, but the club knocked down just 8-of-16 attempts Sunday.
  • Doused from distance: Winthrop has been a stout defensive club from the perimeter all season, and that continued Sunday. Campbell struggled to get clean looks all afternoon, and finished at just 16 percent (3-for-19) from beyond the arc. Only one of Campbell’s 10 tries in the second stanza found the net. The troubles allowed Winthrop to separate in what was a six-point game at the interval.
  • Campbell continuing?: There’s been no announcement thus far on whether the CBI tournament will be contested this year, but it’s possible that Campbell could be part of that field if it does go off. The Camels finished the campaign 17-10 after being picked to finish 10th in the Big South, and certainly stand deserving of playing at least one more contest.

And finally, the Hustle Stats:

  • Points in the paint:  Winthrop 42, Campbell 32
  • Points off turnovers:  Campbell 16, Winthrop 13
  • Second-chance points:  Campbell 3, Winthrop 3
  • Fast-break points:  Campbell 5, Winthrop 5

WINTHROP 80, CAMPBELL 53

CAMPBELL (17-10): Clemons 3-5 4-6 10, Whitfield 8-17 1-2 18, McCullough 0-2 0-0 0, Lusane 3-6 2-2 9, Henderson 3-9 0-0 6, Thompson 2-7 0-0 5, Stajcic 0-2 0-2 0, Carralero 2-3 1-4 5. Totals 21-51 8-16 53.

WINTHROP (23-1): Anumba 3-4 0-0 7, Falden 2-5 2-2 7, Zunic 5-6 0-0 13, Burns 11-12 0-0 22, Vaudrin 3-9 2-2 8, Jones 1-2 5-6 7, Pupavac 1-1 0-0 3, Talford 3-3 0-0 6, Buss 0-0 0-0 0, King 0-1 0-0 0, Arms 2-3 0-0 5, Corbin 0-3 0-0 0, Claxton 1-1 0-0 2, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-51 9-10 80.

Halftime — Winthrop 32-26. 3-Point Goals—Winthrop 7-17 (Anumba 1-2, Falden 1-3, Zunic 3-4, Vaudrin 0-1, Pupavac 1-1, King 0-1, Arms 1-2, Corbin 0-3), Campbell 3-19 (Clemons 0-1, Whitfield 1-5, McCullough 0-2, Lusane 1-2, Henderson 0-3, Thompson 1-4, Stajcic 0-2). Fouled Out — Clemons (CU). Rebounds — Winthrop 32 (Vaudrin 10), Campbell 20 (Lusane 5). Assists —Winthrop 15 (Vaudrin 6), Campbell 6 (McCullough 3). Total Fouls — Campbell 16, Winthrop 14. Technical — Carralero (CU), Jones (WU). A —NA.