January 30, 2012

Campbell headed to Northwestern (La.) State Feb. 18 in Sears BracketBusters

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will travel to the Bayou State on Feb. 18 to take on Northwestern State in the Sears BracketBusters event. The Fighting Camels (14-10, 8-4 Big South) will meet the Demons (12-9, 5-2 Southland) in a 4:15 p.m. start at 3200-seat Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La.

All 11 Big South Conference members are participating in the 10th-annual Sears BracketBusters, which includes 144 schools from mid-major leagues throughout the nation.

 The Demons have won their last three games and are tied for the lead in the Southland Conference East Division heading into Wednesday's game at Central Arkansas.

Senior center William Mosley stands 17th on the NCAA career blocked shots list with 421 rejections. This season, the 6-foot-7 post ranks second in the country in blocks (4.3) and 24th in rebounding (9.9). He is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 59.3 percent from the floor.

Junior guard Shamir Davis leads NSU in scoring at 13.9 points per outing.

"We're looking forward to challenging a team from another region and another conference," said Campbell head coach Robbie Laing. "I think it'll be a great match-up because both teams have great big men, who are getting some looks. It'll be lots of fun. There's nothing at stake from a conference play standpoint, just an opportunity to build your resume for post-season tournaments."

Campbell returns to Gilbert Craig Gore Arena for 3 of its next 4 games, including a pair this week. The Camels are 9-1 at home this year – the only setback coming Jan. 12 against Big South leader UNC Asheville.

CU continues to lead the Big South Conference in overall (1871) and league (2020) home game attendance entering Thursday's contest against Charleston Southern (14-7, 8-3).

Ranked second in the country in team field goal percentage (.502), Campbell has won 4 of its last 6 games. The Camels also stand 15th nationally in blocked shots (5.76) and 29th in scoring (77.1).

Six-foot-eight forward Eric Griffin has produced 4 double-doubles in the last 5 games, missing a 5th-straight by only one rebound last Thursday. at Gardner-Webb. He is averaging 16.8 points and 10.2 rebounds, plus 2.4 blocks while shooting 62.5 percent from the field over the last 5 outings.

On the year, Griffin leads the Big South Conference in blocked shots (2.3) and field goal accuracy (.624), while rating second in rebounding (8.8) and seventh in scoring (16.9). A native of Orlando, Fla., Griffin stands seventh among the nation's leaders in field goal shooting.

Junior wing Darren White was held to a season-low 4 points Saturday at UNC Asheville, but has scored at least 20 points 10 times this year, including a 22-point outing last Thursday at Gardner-Webb. White, a product of Danville, Va., ranks 3rd among Big South scoring (18.2) and blocks (1.38) leaders, 4th in field goal shooting (.544).

After missing 3 games with a concussion, freshman Trey Freeman returned to action Saturday and scored 13 points while dealing 4 assists in a 95-84 loss at UNC Asheville. A 6-foot-2 guard from Virginia Beach, Va., Freeman leads the Big South in free throw shooting (.857), rates 14th in scoring (14.5), 7th in assists (3.86) and 9th in field goal percentage (.470).

Senior guard Lorne Merthie hit a season-high 22 points (6-10 threes) at Asheville and is shooting 40.7 percent (33-81) in 15 games this year. A 6-foot-2 native of Sanford, Fla., Merthie is averaging 15.2 points and hitting 51.4 percent (19-37) from 3-point distance over the last five outings.

Campbell will face four Big South Conference opponents before taking on Northwestern State. Including Wednesday's game at Central Arkansas, the Demons have five games before entertaining the Camels.

Big South Conference Sears BracketBusters Pairings
Campbell at Northwestern State (Southland)
Wofford (Southern) at Charleston Southern
Tennessee Tech (Ohio Valley) at Coastal Carolina
Delaware State (Mid-Eastern Athletic) at Gardner-Webb
High Point at Stephen F. Austin (Southland)
Liberty at Morgan State (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
UNC Asheville at Ohio (Mid-American)
Presbyterian at Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley)
William & Mary (Colonial) at VMI
Winthrop at Appalachian State (Southern)