Men's Hoops falls at Northwestern (La.) State 100-86 in BracketBusters

Lorne Merthie
(photo by Gary Hardamon)
Lorne Merthie (photo by Gary Hardamon)

NATCHITOCHES, LA. – Northwestern State hit 13 of its first 17 shots of the second half and went on to defeat Campbell 100-86 Saturday in a Sears BracketBusters game at Prather Coliseum.

The Demons (15-12) of the Southland Conference held Campbell to 39 percent shooting, finished with a 23-11 edge in points off turnovers and ended a 3-game losing skid.

Campbell (17-12), which entered the contest ranked 2nd nationally in field goal percentage (.502), saw its two-game win streak come to a close.

Northwestern State extended a 10-point half-time lead to as many as 22 thanks to a 10-1 spurt midway through the final period.

Shamir Davis led the Demons with 25 points, including 13-of-14 from the line.  William Mosley added 19 points, 12 rebounds and the country's 2nd-leading shot blocker hit his average with 4 rejections.  Louis Ellis scored 15 points, 12 in the opening period, while Gary Stewart added 13 off the bench.

Eric Griffin led Campbell with 15 points, tied his career-high with 15 rebounds and blocked 3 shots before fouling out.  Darren White scored 15 points, all in the 2nd half, while Andrew Ryan added a career-best 15.  Lorne Merthie chipped in 14 points, but made only 4-of-12 threes.

Northwestern State made 16-of-23 shots in the second half (.696), including 4-of-7 threes and connected on 33-of-53 free throws as the Camels attempted to extend the game by fouling Mosley, who missed 15 of hits 20 attempts from the stripe.

The Demons finished the game 30-of-59 (.508) from the floor and 7-of-18 beyond the arc.  Campbell made 26-of-66 from the floor, 7-of-21 threes and 27-of-40 (.675) from the foul stripe.

Campbell committed 16 turnovers in the first half and trailed 42-32 at the break.  The Demons had a 19-2 advantage in points off turnovers in the opening period.

A 10-0 run midway through the period gave the Demons their largest lead (20-9) after Mosley's follow slam with 10:56 to go.

Ellis led Northwestern State with 12 first-half points, while Mosley had 5 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.  Nine of the 10 Demons to play in the opening half scored.

Ryan came off the Camel bench to score 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, while Griffin added 8 points, 11 boards and 3 blocks.

Campbell shot just 42.3 percent (11-26) from the field and made only 8-of-13 (.615) from the line during the opening period.  Northwestern State hit only 38.9 percent (14-36) of its shots, but had 12 second-chance points and attempted 10 more field goals than the Camels before the break.

Freshman Trey Freeman saw his school single-season record string of 35-straight made free throws come to a close.  He finished with 6 points (8 shy of his average) while making only 1-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the field.

Griffin entered the contest ranked fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.628), but was limited to 2-of-5 shooting from the floor.

White (490) and Eric Griffin (469) are on pace to become the first Fighting Camel teammates to score 500 points in a season since 1977-78 when Sam Staggers (602) and Don Whaley (538) accomplished the feat.

White enters Wednesday's game at High Point only 6 points shy of breaking the program's Division I era record for points scored by a junior (495 by Mark Mocnik in 1991-92).  On Saturday, Griffin set the senior class record for boards in a campaign (249), breaking the old mark of 245 set by Joe Spinks in 1993-94.

The Camels return to Big South Conference play Wednesday in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at High Point.