Camels win season opener 82-68 over Houston Baptist

Trey Freeman
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Trey Freeman (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Trey Freeman and Eric Griffin combined for 43 points to lead Campbell to an 82-68 men's basketball win over Houston Baptist Friday night at the Pope Convocation Center/Gore Arena.

In his collegiate debut, Freeman made 7-of-12 from the floor and all 8 of his free throw attempts to lead all scorers with 22 points – 14 in the second half.  A freshman guard from Virginia Beach, Va., Freeman added three assists and four steals in 32 minutes.

Griffin made 8-of-9 shots, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range and finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Camels (1-0), who shot 63 percent from the floor and knocked down 24-of-31 (.774) from the foul line.

Darren White added 11 points, while Marvelle Harris and Rico Ferguson chipped in eight for the Camels, who won their season opener for the fifth time in the last six years.  Harris grabbed 11 rebounds, while Ferguson dealt a career-high six assists.

Freshman Dustin Hobaugh and Cleveland State transfer Joe Latas led Houston Baptist (0-1) with 17 points each.  Ronald March chipped in 11, nine in the first half for the Huskies, who shot just 35.6 percent (21-59) from the floor.

Campbell never trailed and led by as many as 18 points in the second half before Houston Baptist rallied.  Anthony Hill made a pair of free throws to bring the Huskies within 71-65 with 1:41 remaining, but the Camels made 11-of-12 free throws over the final 1:26 to seal the win.

The Camels hit 17-of-27 shots (63 percent) in the first half and led 41-28 at the break.  Griffin scored 16 points in the opening period, hitting 6-of-7 from the field, while adding six rebounds.

Campbell jumped to a 29-12 lead with 8:24 left in the opening half after Griffin hit back-to-back threes.  However, the Huskies rallied when March canned a trio of threes and cut the gap to 37-28 with 3:46 to play in the period.

CU continues its three-game season-opening home stand on Monday when East Carolina visits Gore Arena for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.