Eric Griffin named Big South Player of the Week

Eric Griffin (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Eric Griffin (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After leading the Fighting Camels to a pair of league wins, Eric Griffin of Campbell University has been named Big South Conference player of the week by 

A 6-foot-8 forward, Griffin averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2.5 block, 3 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 62 percent (13-21) from the floor in wins over Coastal Carolina (81-75) and Winthrop (67-58).

Griffin scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds (his Big South-leading 7th 20-10 of the year) in last Tuesday's victory at Coastal Carolina. He added 11 points, 6 boards and 3 blocks in a 67-58 win over Winthrop on Senior Night.

His performances helped the Camels (17-11, 11-5 Big South) secure season sweeps of both the Chanticleers and Eagles and earn a 1st-round bye in the Big South Tournament.

On the year, the senior from Orlando, Fla., leads the Big South and ranks 5th in the country in field goal percentage (.628). He also tops the league in blocked shots (2.3) and has broken his own school record for rejections in a year (62). Griffin stands 7th in the conference in scoring (16.8) and 2nd in rebounds (8.7).

His 11 double-doubles are tied for 20th in the country and he sits 33rd in the nation in blocks.

Fighting Camels Monday Notebook:

Campbell's BracketBusters game Saturday at Northwestern (La.) State has been moved up to a 2:30 p.m. (CST) tip-off in order to accommodate that night's Mardi Gras Parade in Natchitoches.

Robbie Laing collected his 100th career coaching victory last Tuesday at Coastal Carolina. 

Freshman Trey Freeman has made 35-straight free throws, breaking the school-record (29) he set earlier this year.  On the year, Freeman leads all Big South freshmen in scoring (14.7), field goal % (.466), free throw % (.882) and assists (4.08).

Lorne Merthie became the 25th player in CU history to reach 1,000 career points during last week's win over Winthrop.  He enters Saturday's game at Northwestern State with 1,012 points in 102 contests.

With 152 rejections through 28 games, CU is only four blocked shots short of breaking the school team record (155) set a year ago.