Campbell starts 3-game Midwest road swing Monday at Chicago State

Eric Griffin
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Eric Griffin (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

CHICAGO, ILL. – After claiming three home court victories to open the season, Campbell University opens a three-game road trip through the Midwest on Monday in a 7:05 p.m. (CST) tip-off at Chicago State.

The Camels are coming off Thursday's 94-66 win over North Carolina A&T in their opening game of the Dale Howard Classic, which includes five teams from four states and is co-hosted by Iowa and Creighton.

Monday's contest at Chicago State will be aired throughout the Sandhills on WCLN 107.3 FM with Chris Hemeyer calling the play-by-play.

Iowa and Creighton each play three home games in the Dale Howard Classic, plus a neutral site contest Sunday (at Des Moines) won by the Blue Jays 82-59.  Campbell, Chicago State and North Carolina A&T each have one home game and three road games in the event.

Campbell (3-0) began the season with an 82-68 victory over Houston Baptist; then rallied from a 15-point deficit to defeat East Carolina 76-74 last Monday.  CU outscored the Aggies 51-24 in the second half of Thursday's game and tied a Gore Arena record for total points scored (94) by the home team.

"I really feel good about what we've accomplished so far," said ninth-year Campbell head coach Robbie Laing.  "But I'm smart enough to know – and hopefully I can get our team to understand – that playing a road game is an entirely different entity.  We'll face adversity, and when things go against us, we won't have the Pope Center crowd get behind us.  We'll have to refine our shot selection and be more patient on offense, and continue to get better on the defensive end."

Campbell players own the top three spots among Big South Conference scoring leaders.  Senior forward Eric Griffin leads the league at 19.3 points per game, followed closely by junior wing Darren White (18.3) and freshman point guard Trey Freeman (18.3).

Freeman (22) and Griffin (21) both topped the 20-point barrier in the victory over Houston Baptist. 

Freeman led five Camels in double digits against ECU with 20 points, including 12-of-12 from the line.

White has scored in double figures three times, including a Gore Arena-record, career-high 33-point, 11-rebound showing vs. NC A&T for his second-straight double-double.

In the comfortable surroundings of Gore Arena, Campbell has shot 55 percent from the floor and 76 percent (69-91) from the line, while limiting its foes to just 36 percent shooting from the field.

Like Campbell, Chicago State (0-3) faced a travel day on Sunday following Saturday's 87-70 loss at North Carolina A&T.  The Cougars made 10-of-31 threes at A&T, led by Aaron Williams, who finished with 21 points, including 4-of-9 from distance.

Six-foot-nine forward Jeremy Robinson, a junior transfer from Iowa Western CC, leads the team in scoring (16.0) and rebounding (6.3), while shooting 59 percent (20-34) from the field.  He scored 20 points each time out in losses at Iowa (96-53) and Creighton (95-61).

Williams, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Dodge City CC, and Lee Fisher, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Northern Illinois, average 11 points apiece.

Following Monday's game, the Camels play Wednesday at Iowa (3-1) and Friday at Creighton (4-0).

"At the end of the week, we'll know a lot more about our basketball team," said Laing.  "It'll be a good time to know who we are heading into December and Big South Conference play."