BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb will host its annual "White Out" game on Saturday afternoon, as Presbyterian rolls into Paul Porter Arena for a 3:00 pm tip.
The game will stream live on The Big South Network (bigsouthsports.com), with Fabian Fuentes on the call. Fans are encouraged to wear white to Saturday afternoon's contest.
The game is also part of the annual GWU Men's Basketball Alumni Day, with dozens of former players and their families expected to attend.
Gardner-Webb (10-10, 3-4 Big South) will have to gather itself quickly after a tough road loss at first-place Liberty on Thursday night. The Runnin' Bulldogs had a chance to tie as the clock hit zeros, but Eric Jamison's three-pointer – a clean look – fell off the back iron in a 65-62 loss.
The Runnin' Bulldogs found their shooting touch again, hitting at a 52.4-percent clip in Lynchburg against a stingy Flames' defense. Gardner-Webb has now connected on 50.0 percent or better from the floor in five of its seven Big South Conference games.
Tyrell Nelson came alive offensively Thursday night, helping GWU dominate the paint early on to build a halftime lead. The Charlotte, N.C., senior finished with a game-high 22 points – passing a milestone in the process.
The 6-foot-7, 235-pounder became the eighth men's standout in Big South Conference hoops history to surpass 1,500 career points and 750 career rebounds. He now has 1,509 points and 781 rebounds to his credit in 120 games played with the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Nelson's scoring production ranks first in the program's Division I era and eighth overall. He also ranks first in the Division I in rebounding and seventh overall in the school's record book.
Presbyterian (4-10, 0-7 Big South) has dropped nine in a row including Thursday's 73-52 loss at home to Charleston Southern. The Blue Hose are paced by freshman guard Jo'Vante Millner (Burlington, N.C.), who is pumping in 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Gardner-Webb holds a 23-20 edge in the all-time series, which includes six wins in a row.
The two teams played a classic last February 6 in Boiling Springs, with Isaiah Ivey's three-pointer in overtime the difference in a 69-66 GWU victory.