HPU men look to stay hot at Campbell

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

With a 7-3 record over the past 10 games, the High Point University men’s basketball team is enjoying its hottest stretch since 2008.

If the Panthers want to continue the roll and remain in sole possession of first place in the Big South Conference’s North division tonight when they travel to Campbell, they must eliminate the one glaring weakness during the streak – an inability to win on the road.
All of the setbacks over the last 10 games have been away from the Millis Center. But, HPU could be catching the Camels at the right time as it tries to improve on a 6-3 Big South record that ties its second-best league record through nine games and tries to stay ahead of VMI, which goes into tonight 5-3. The Camels stand 5-4 in league play.
Campbell appears vulnerable because it has lost its past three games, all by 13 points or more, since all-conference guard Darren White has been sidelined by injury.
“It’s not going to be easy but they’ve lost their best player and had other injuries,” HPU coach Scott Cherry said. “They’ve lost a couple in a row and their confidence might not be as high. But, we’ve got to go in there and get a win.”
After facing Campbell, the remaining league games for the Panthers are at home against Coastal Carolina, on the road at Liberty, Longwood and VMI and then at home against Radford and Campbell during the final week of the season.
The Panthers have defeated Liberty, Longwood and VMI at home.
“The other three road games, we’re not just going to walk in there and win,” Cherry said. “But three of the road games are against teams we have beaten already, so we have some confidence that we can win them.
“But, we’ve got to go to Campbell and win that one and  give us separation from them. We’ve just to take care of our business and not worry about anybody else. The schedule shapes up as good as we can hope it to be.”