1st round, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (Big South Network)
#7 Campbell 81, #10 Presbyterian 62 (Box score)
Chris Clemons scored 27 points and added 8 rebounds to lead the home-standing Camels. Campbell led 45-17 at halftime, its largest advantage of the year at the intermission. The Camels had little trouble with the Blue Hose as they led by as many as 30 points. Campbell now heads to Rock Hill, South Carolina where they will face 2-seed UNC Asheville in the first game on Thursday afternoon.
#8 Charleston Southern 79, #9 Longwood 74 (Box score)
Christian Keeling scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Charleston Southern held off a late 13-0 Longwood win to hang on to the tight win. The Buccaneers advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round where they face tournament host and 1-seed Winthrop at 7pm.
Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 2, 2017 (ESPN3)
Games played in Rock Hill, SC
#7 Campbell 81, #2 UNC Asheville 79 (Box Score)
Campbell pulled off the big upset of the tournament in the first game of quarterfinal day, knocking off defending tournament champion and regular season co-champ Asheville. Chris Clemons was the story of the day with 51 points, yes 51 points! He connected on 18 of 32 shots and 8 of 14 three pointers.
#6 Radford 56, #3 Liberty 52
The Highlanders continue the string of upset in the quarterfinals, knocking off Liberty. Both teams struggled shooting throughout, particularly the Flames who were held to 36% field goal shooting on the afternoon. 6-seed Radford and 7-seed Campbell will face each other Friday evening with a trip to the Big South Championship game on the line.
#1 Winthrop 92, #8 Charleston Southern 78 (Box Score)
Big South Player of the Year led top-seeded Winthrop to a double digit win over No. 8 Charleston Southern in the quarterfinal round of the Big South Conference Tournament at Winthrop Coliseum Thursday night. Johnson scored 31 points and in the process became just the 10th player in Big South history to score 2,000 career points.
#4 Gardner-Webb 91, #5 High Point 55 (Box Score)
Gardner-Webb used a 21-3 run early in the second half to put the game away and cruised to a big win over High Point. Tyrell Nelson scored 16 points to go with 11 rebounds and Jamaal Robateau had 15 points to lead a group of five players in double figures. DJ Laster (12 points), Liam O’Reilly (11 points) and David Efianayi (10 points) also scored in double figures.
Semifinals, Friday, March 3, 2017 (ESPN3)
Games played in Rock Hill, SC
#7 Campbell 66, #6 Radford 50 (Box Score)
Chris Clemons followed up his 51 point performance in the quarterfinals with a 33 point, 9 rebound performance to help 7-seed Campbell advance to the Big South Tournament Championship game. The 5’9″ sophomore guard is averaging 37 points per game in the tournament, and has already set a Big South Tournament record for points scored. Is anybody not voting for him as Tournament MVP regardless of what happens Sunday?
#1 Winthrop 80, #4 Gardner-Webb 77 (OT) (Box Score)
Winthrop needed overtime and a huge second half from Keon Johnson and Xavier Cooks to reach the championship game of the Big South Conference Tournament for the fourth straight year. This semifinal game was the best game of the Tournament to this point, as it saw 11 ties and 24 lead changes. Big South Player of the Year Keon Johnson scored 31 points, his 2nd straight 30 point game.
Championship game, Sunday, March 5, 2017 (ESPN)
Game played in Rock Hill, SC
1:00 – #1 Winthrop vs #7 Campbell
The Eagles look for to end their 3 game losing streak in the Big South Tournament Championship game and win their conference-leading 11th tournament title. Winthrop’s last title and NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2010. The 7 year drought is by far their longest since Gregg Marshall led the Eagles to their first Big South Tournament Championship in 1998. The Camels are looking for just their 2nd all-time Big South Tournament Championship and the program’s 2nd ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Campbell’s lone championship came in 1992.