Camels look for second-straight road win Tuesday at Winthrop

Lorne Merthie
(photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Lorne Merthie (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Campbell (11-8, 5-2) continues a 5-games-in-10-days stretch Tuesday in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at Winthrop (7-11, 4-3).  The Fighting Camels are looking for their 2nd-straight Big South Conference road win after splitting two home games last week.

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The Camels closed a 74-68 win Saturday over Gardner-Webb with a 12-6 run. Darren White (18) led 4 Camels in double digits, followed by Trey Freeman (14), Rico Ferguson (12) and Eric Griffin (10).  Lorne Merthie added 8 points and a season-high 7 assists off the bench.  CU knocked down 7 of 11 threes (.636) and finished with a 16-5 edge in points off turnovers.

Winthrop won its 3rd game in 4 outings on Saturday in a 64-61 overtime decision at Liberty.  Reggie Middleton led the Eagles with 16 points; Andre Jones added 14 and George Valentine 10, plus 10 boards.

Campbell enters Tuesday's game ranked 3rd in the country in field goal percentage (.506) after connecting on 54 percent vs. GWU.  CU also leads the Big South in blocks (5.63, 21st nationally) and stands 25th in the country in scoring (78.3, 4th in Big South).

The Camels are 3-7 on the road this year, 1-1 on Big South opponent home floors.  CU won its last league road game Jan. 7 at Presbyterian (77-65).  Winthrop stands 4-2 at home this year, 2-1 vs. Big South foes.  UNC Asheville handed the Eagles their lone home loss in league play, a 73-68 OT setback on Dec. 31.

Junior wing Darren White leads the Big South Conference and ranks 23rd in the country in scoring (19.4).  He has topped the 20-point barrier 8 times -- most among all Big South players.

Senior forward Eric Griffin leads the Big South in field goal accuracy (.624, 11th in the nation) and blocks (2.28), while ranking 2nd in rebounds (8.4) and 6th in scoring (16.9).

Freshman point guard Trey Freeman tops Big South freshmen in scoring (14.8), FG% (.468) and leads the league in FT% (.848).  He ranks 11th among the nation's top frosh scoring leaders.

In Big South games, Winthrop leads the league in scoring defense (64.9 points allowed per game) and ranks 2nd in field goal percentage defense (.411).

Senior guard Andre Jones leads Winthrop and ranks 3rd in the Big South in scoring (18.2).  He has hit double figures in 17 of 18 games this year.

Campbell leads the Big South with 478 free throws attempted (in 19 contests) this year, while Winthrop stands 10th with 321 foul shots attempted through 18 games.

Winthrop head coach Randy Peele spent 3 years as an assistant at Campbell (1988-91), where he helped lead the team to the 1989 Big South Championship game at Winthrop Coliseum.  Coach Peele also helped recruit '91 Big South Rookie of the Year (and '94 BSC Player of the Year) Joe Spinks to Buies Creek.   Peele is the only coach in Big South history to lead two league schools to NCAA Tournament bids (UNCG in '96 and Winthrop in '08 and '10).

Campbell radio color analyst Jerry Smith was head coach of the Camels for the first two meetings between CU and Winthrop in 1984-85 (which the teams split).

Winthrop has captured 9 of the last 13 Big South Tournament titles, most recently in 2010 when the 3rd-seeded Eagles upset top seed Coastal Carolina 64-53 in the title game.  Current Eagle seniors Reggie Middleton and Matt Morgan were named to the 2010 Big South all-tournament team.

Middleton became the 109th player in Big South history to score 1000 career points during Saturday's game at Liberty.  He enters Tuesday's game with 1001 points.  He stands 19th among Big South scoring leaders (12.4), 2nd in assists (4.72).

Following Tuesday's contest, the Camels travel to Radford Thursday (7:00) before returning home Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. start against VMI.