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February 03, 2015

Cameron addresses suspension after scoring 18 in return

Senior guard Josh Cameron led Coastal Carolina with a game-high 18 points Tuesday night in the Chanticleers' 68-56 win over UNC Asheville at The HTC Center.

After being left home for the team's trip to Gardner-Webb on Saturday while serving a one-game suspension for "conduct unbecoming of [a CCU basketball player]," Cameron hit 4-of-8 shots from the field and 9-of-13 from the foul line in 23 minutes off the bench.

Afterward, he spoke for the first time about his suspension.

I asked him what happened at the end of the Winthrop game last week because several people have mentioned he had words with coach Cliff Ellis near the end of the game. He's been frustrated about his lack of playing time in a sixth-man role this year after starting at point guard last season and Ellis had said Saturday night that Cameron needed to not put himself above the team.

Here's what Cameron had to say Tuesday:

"It was tough. Anytime you’re seeing your team play, you want to go out there and help contribute to the team. As far as the suspension goes, it was just something that was said that shouldn’t have been said. I really don’t want to get into the details about it, but we’re on a straight path now. Everything’s fine and we’re looking to still get the wins in this conference and get this conference championship.”

Ellis also indicated that everything was fine now and he was pleased with Cameron's play Tuesday night:

“What I liked, he’s playing on both ends of the floor. He did it on both ends of the floor and I think it’s something that this team needs,” he said. “We need Josh and he responded very, very well. Proud of him, happy for him. That’s the way it ought to be. Let’s go the rest of the way and be like that.”

Here's the full game story from tonight:


| Ryan Young, ryoung@thesunnews.com



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