January 21, 2012

Griffin and White lead Campbell past VMI 80-73

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Darren White and Eric Griffin posted double-doubles and Campbell defeated VMI 80-73 Saturday at Gilbert Craig Gore Arena.

Griffin scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked 4 shots, while White added 22 points, and career highs of 16 boards and 8 assists for the Camels (14-8, 8-2 Big South), who won their fourth-straight game.

Lorne Merthie added 14 points, including 4 three-pointers, while Marvelle Harris contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 rejections.  Rico Ferguson dealt 7 assists and had 3 steals. 

A senior forward from Orlando, Fla., Griffin hit 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line to go along with 3 assists and 2 steals.  He scored 18 of his points in the second half.  White, a junior from Danville, Va., made 10-of-12 shots from the field.

After suffering through its worst shooting half of the season (.394) in the opening 20 minutes, the Camels hit 54.8 percent from the field in the final stanza to improve to 9-1 at home this year. 

Campbell, which entered the game ranked 3rd in the country in field goal percentage (.503), finished the game 30-of-64 from the floor (.469).  White and Griffin each had 4 dunks for CU, which finished with a season-high 8 jams for the game.

Keith Gabriel led VMI (10-10, 5-5) with 33 points on 12-of-27 shooting while grabbing 8 rebounds.  Stan Okoye added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Keydets, who saw their 3-game win streak halted.

VMI is one of two teams among the 344 Division I schools this year to own an unbeaten (9-0) record at home, while remaining winless (0-10) n the road.

The Keydets shot just 36 percent from the floor (26-72) and 7-of-32 (.219) from 3-point distance as the Camels finished a 5-games-in-10-days stretch with a 4-1 record.

After leading 32-27 at intermission, Campbell built a double-digit lead thanks to a 9-2 run midway through the second half.  White's follow slam with 6:25 to play pushed the Camel advantage to 67-55. 

VMI cut the gap to 69-63 on Gabriel's trey with 5:21 left, but the Keydets got no closer.

Campbell played its second-straight game without point guard Trey Freeman, the Big South's top freshman scorer (14.6), who was injured with two minutes remaining in Tuesday's victory at Winthrop.

VMI entered the game ranked 2nd in the country in scoring (84.8), but finished 13 points shy of its average.

The Camels return to the road on Thursday in a 7:00 p.m. start at Gardner-Webb.