Campbell defeats Fayetteville State 88-66 in final men's basketball exhibition

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Eric Griffin led four Camels in double figures and Campbell defeated Fayetteville State 88-66 Monday in a men's basketball exhibition game at Gore Arena.

Griffin scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots.  Marvelle Harris also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards, plus three blocks.  Darren White added 13 points and 7 boards, while Rico Ferguson scored 11 and dealt five assists.

Amir Celestin, Trey Freeman and Andrew Ryan scored 8 apiece for the Camels, who extended a 44-29 half-time lead to as many as 29 points down the stretch.  Celestin dealt a game-high 8 assists.

Jamel Carpenter led Fayetteville State with 16 points, while Sidney Evans added 11, plus 7 rebounds.

Campbell shot 48 percent for the game and held a 42-18 advantage on points in the paint, while limiting the Division II Broncos to just 27.5 percent shooting from the field.

"I liked our energy tonight at both ends of the floor," said Campbell head coach Robbie Laing.  "We had very few lapses and did a decent job of guarding a team that's hard to guard." 

The Camels reeled off a 22-5 run midway through the first half to take its largest lead (34-18) of the period.  Trailing 13-12, Rico Ferguson started the rally with a pair of free throws and CU limited the Broncos to just 1-of-9 shooting while forcing six turnovers over the next 7:09.

"I saw some things offensively where we're starting to pick things up.  We're starting to play together, and that's encouraging," said Laing.  "I really pleased with how much we've grown since last Thursday against Wingate."

Campbell opens its regular season with three-straight home games, starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Houston Baptist.  East Carolina (Nov. 14) and North Carolina A&T (Nov. 17) also visit Gore Arena before the Camels embark on a three-game road trip to the Midwest over Thanksgiving week.