White scores 33; Campbell runs past Division III Methodist 103-55

Darren White
(photo by Will Bratton)
Darren White (photo by Will Bratton)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Darren White led five Campbell players in double figures with 33 points and the Camels defeated Division III Methodist 103-55 Saturday at Gore Arena.

White matched his career high by hitting 12-of-20 from the field, 4-of-9 from 3-point range and 5-of-5 from the line and blocked 3 shots for the Camels (8-1), who shot 67 percent (22-33) from the floor in the second half.

Trey Freeman added 16 points and 10 assists, while Andrew Ryan (12), Amir Celestin (11) and Rico Ferguson (10) each hit double digits for the Camels, who held a 33-4 edge in points off turnovers and outscored Methodist 18-2 on the break.

Campbell set Gore Arena record for most points scored and largest victory margin (48) despite the absence of leading rebounder (8.5) and 2nd-leading scorer (17.5) Eric Griffin, who sat out due to the cut he sustained in his right hand during the first half of last Saturday's win over High Point.

Mark Jernigan led Methodist (3-5) with 14 points and Kyle Combs added 12 for the Monarchs, who shot just 34.5 percent (20-58) for the game and committed 20 turnovers.

Methodist only trailed by six (23-17) with 7:29 left in the first half, but the Camels closed the period on a 22-10 run and led 45-27 at the break.

A junior wing from Danville, Va., White tied the individual Gore Arena scoring record he set last month in a victory over North Carolina A&T, thanks in part to a 19-point first half.  Ryan made 3-of-5 threes and 3-of-4 from the line in a career-high scoring effort, while Celestin dealt 6 assists in addition to his season-high 11 points.

A 19-4 Campbell run midway through the second half extended the lead to 37 (84-74) and the Camels led by as many as 50 down the stretch.

Tyler Zegarzewski's 3 from the left wing with 1:10 remaining pushed Campbell over the century mark for the first time since a 104-82 victory over Stetson on Feb. 8, 2007 at Carter Gym.  Fellow walk-on Nnadoze Onuoha added his first career points on a jumper from the right elbow with 40 seconds to play.

Without Griffin, who leads the Big South Conference and ranks fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (.681), the Camels shot 45.7 percent in the opening half, but made only one turnover in the first 20 minutes.

After entering the game ranked second in the country in team field goal percentage (.532), Campbell finished the day connecting on 55.9 percent (38-68) of its attempts, 9-of-21 threes (.429) and 18-of-22 from the line (.818).  CU tops the Big South in all three shooting categories.

Coming off a week-long break for final exams, the Camels improved to 6-0 at home this year.  Campbell begins a string of five-straight road games on Wednesday at Houston Baptist (7:05 p.m. CST) before playing next Saturday at Virginia Tech (4:00).