February 6, 2023

The High Point University men’s basketball team is scheduled to play the Osprey’s of North Florida on Saturday, December 3rdapprox to start the December board. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., doors open at 12:30 p.m. This is the third meeting between the teams since 2019.

game info

Saturday, December 3 – VS North Florida (Qubein Center) 2:00 p.m. on ESPN+

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last time out
High Point hosted their crosstown rival Wednesday night at the Qubein Center. The sell-out crowd provided the excitement and energy for the 84-70 win over the Phoenix. The Panthers were led by an older striker, Emmanuel Isunabor Both on offense and on defense, he scored a new season best with 15 points and nine rebounds. Two other Panther starters achieved double digit results and contributed to the team’s 47.7% from the field. High point forced Elon to commit 17 turnovers, opening the door for the Panthers to capitalize and rack up 26 points.

About the bank
North Florida is 2-4 overall after dominating Trinity Baptist 90-49 at home on Tuesday. In the first six games of the season, the Osprey’s faced two top-ranked teams, including No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 15 (then) Kentucky. In the game against Trinity Baptist, North Florida was led by senior forward Carter Hendricksen with 15 points, nine rebouds and two assists. Hendricksen is currently the second-best scorer on the team behind junior guard Jarius Hicklin, averaging 13.3 points per game and getting 1/4 of his points from the line while shooting 82.6%. Hendricksen also leads the team in rebounds, averaging 36 rebounds this season and averaging 6.0 per game. Hicklen, the top scorer, averages 14.3 points per game and shoots 42.6% from the field and 38.6% from behind the arch.

As a team, North Florida shoots 42.3% from the field, 29.9% from the three-point line, and 68.1% from the free throw line, for an average of 71.7 points per game. The team averages 36.3 rebounds, 5.3 steals, and 3.2 blocks. The Osprey’s also average 14.8 turnovers per game.

North Florida is coached by Matthew Driscoll, a Slippery Rock graduate entering his 14th season as the Osprey’s head coach.

Panther Notes

Brought the hardware back to NC
After beating Central Michigan 68-67 in the first round of the SoCal Challenge Sand Division, the Panthers clinched a 77-72 win over Tennessee State in the championship game. HPU brought the surfboard back to North Carolina and took the Sand Division title in the second year of the SoCal Challenge.

House Makes Lou Henson Award Watch List

Jaden house was named to the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Watch List on Tuesday, November 22nd. The award is presented annually to the top mid-major in Division I basketball and honors the former Illinois and New Mexico head coach who has won 775 games in 41 seasons. Henson was the most successful coach at both institutions.

First Mid-American Conference win
For the first time in program history, the HPU defeated a MAC conference team. The only other MAC team that High Point has faced twice has been Western Michigan.

House is currently ranked 7th in the rankings
Average of 22.3 points per game, Jaden house slides into 7th place overall in the country in the ranking.

House’s 30-Piece Records New Career High
After posting a career-high 23 against the Falcons, House blew that out of the water on Saturday with a 33-point game. House shot 66.7% from the field and 91.7% from the line. After Saturday’s performance, House said, “We have a lot of people who can come in and get points and I think tonight was just my night.”

Consecutive two-digit numbers for house
For the second game in a row Jaden house dropped another 20+ point game. He shot 8 for 10 from field and 2 for 4 from behind the arc to score 23 points. In addition to his stats, he accumulated an offensive rebound, an assist, and a steal.

Special Guest Harry Giles III
Winston-Salem native Harry Giles III made a guest appearance at Monday night’s game. The former Duke Blue Devil and NBA 1st-round draft pick cheered on the Panthers in their 109-71 win and mingled with the team after the game.

Thiam drops 23 on debut

Abdoulaye Thiam started his high point career with a bang, dropping 23 points, two rebounds and an assist in the process. The sharp shooter went 8-for-15 from the field and put down 3 of 6 shots from behind the arc. The Minnesota transfer wowed the crowd with his high-flying windmill dunk early in the first half. After Saturday’s performance, Thiam said: “It felt really great because I didn’t have that opportunity where I was, so to have a team that trusts me, that knows what I can do and just come in and play and allowed me to be me. made it a good experience.”

Mr. Austin

Zack Austin was named to the Big South Preseason First Team. After the 2021-22 season, Austin was named Big South Freshman of the Year while also being named to the second team all-conference selection. A key player for the Panthers, Austin started in all 32 games and averaged 14.4 points per game, shooting 41.4% from the field. He contributed to the defensive end by averaging 8.0 rebounds per game (1st in Big South) and racking up a team-high 69 blocks (3rd in Big South), averaging just over two per game is equivalent to. In addition to blocks, Austin also led the team in steals, amassing 43 for the season (10th in Big South). Within the conference, Austin placed in the top 10 in seven different statistical categories, including scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage, steals, 3-point field goals made, shots blocked and minutes played.

Game outside of the conference
High Point will host a total of 13 non-conference games, seven of which will be at the beautiful Qubein Center and the other six on the road. The Panther’s longest journey is to the West Coast for the SoCal Challenge in San Juan Capistrano, California.

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