BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Coming off a hard-fought 62-57 victory over Charleston Southern, Campbell (15-10, 9-4) hosts Presbyterian (9-13, 3-9) Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. start at Gilbert Craig Gore Arena.
The Camels moved back in front of Charleston Southern into 3rd place in the Big South standings thanks to Thursday's win. Trey Freeman scored 22 points, including 10-of-10 from the line, and Lorne Merthie made a game-changing steal in the final minute to preserve the lead.
Campbell improved to 10-1 at home this year and gave Robbie Laing his 99th career coaching victory despite enduring its worst shooting performance (.356) of the year. CU enters Saturday's game ranked 7th in the country in field goal percentage (.495).
Presbyterian ended a 7-game losing streak Thursday with a 65-62 triumph at High Point. Senior forward Al'Lonzo Coleman scored 21 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dealt 8 assists as PC recovered from a 10-point deficit in the final 13:25.
Last month at Clinton, S.C., Campbell closed the game on a 19-4 run and defeated the Blue Hose 77-65. Darren White scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the 2nd half, while Eric Griffin added 16. Khalid Mutakabbir and Pierre Miller led PC with 16 points each.
Camels and Blue Hose Bullet Points
- Campbell ranks 2nd among Big South schools in overall (1846) home attendance, tops in Big South games (1961). Three of the top five attended games in Gore Arena history have come during the 2011-12 campaign.
- Trey Freeman leads all Big South freshmen in scoring (14.8), field goal shooting (.466) and free throw percentage (.872, tops among all BSC players), while ranking 2nd in assists (4.0).
- Junior wing Darren White has scored at least 20 points 10 times this year. He ranks 4th among Big South leaders in scoring (17.6) and blocks (1.32) leaders, 5th in FG% (.531).
- Senior forward Eric Griffin has scored in double figures in the last 16 games, the longest active streak of all Big South players. He leads the league (and ranks 7th in the country in FG% (.621) and blocked shots (2.33), while standing 2nd in rebounds (8.8) and 8th in scoring (16.7).
- Senior guard Lorne Merthie hit a season-high 22 points (6-10 threes) last Saturday at UNCA. Over the last 6 games, he is shooting 46 percent (19-41) from 3-point distance. He stands only 16 points shy of becoming the 25th player in Campbell history to reach 1,000 career points.
- Both Campbell and Presbyterian have knocked off BCS Conference member schools in each of the last two seasons. Last year, the Camels won 61-54 at Auburn before claiming a 77-61 triumph this past Nov. at Iowa. PC won at Wake Forest and Auburn in 2010-11 and defeated 20th-ranked Cincinnati 56-54 on Nov. 19.
- Thirty-six percent of Presbyterian's field goal attempts this year have come from beyond the 3-point line. The Blue Hose are attempting 18.1 treys per outing. Overall, PC ranks 5th among Big South schools in 3FG% (.343) and 7th in 3s made per game (6.23).
- PC's veteran lineup includes three fifth-year seniors along with junior Khalid Mutakabbir, who leads the conference in minutes played (35.91). Pre-season all-conference forward Al'Lonzo Coleman ranks 10th among league leaders in scoring (15.6) and 6th in rebounds (7.9).
- Before its recent 7-game skid Presbyterian had lost back-to-back games only once this year.
- Presbyterian's nickname "Blue Hose" refers to a fierce Scotch-Irish warrior, such as in the movie "Braveheart." Also, the Presbyterian Scotch-Irish wore blue stockings in early America. Former PC athletic director Walter Johnson, also recalled: "I changed uniform colors to blue, wearing blue stockings and jerseys, and some sports writer started calling his articles the Presbyterian College teams the Blue Stockings." Years later, the word "Stocking" evolved into "the Hose," especially in newspaper headlines and the student body adopted it in the 1950s.