Campbell faces No. 14 Gonzaga tonight

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:02 AM

Campbell plays the first of two games in the Pacific Northwest, and its first game ever in Washington, with a 9 p.m. (ET) tip at No. 14 Gonzaga tonight.

Gonzaga (10-1) is coming off a 68-52 win over Kansas St. Saturday in Seattle behind a 20-point effort by 7-footer Kelly Olynyk.

The Fighting Camels (3-7) lost to NAIA school Rio Grande, 67-65, last Wednesday night in Buies Creek for six losses in their last seven games.

The preseason Big South Conference North Division favorites have played the last three games without leading scorer Darren White, who's averaging 21.9 points per game but nursing a hand injury.

Only five Camels have played in all 10 games this year, thanks mainly to a rash of injuries. Sophomore guard Trey Freeman is the lone Camel player to start all 10 outings. Freeman leads the Big South in assists (6.4) and assist-turnover ratio (2.78), while averaging 13.5 points per game.

Tonight's game is the third true road contest for the Camels this season. Last month, Campbell fell 88-68 at Iowa St. and 91-72 at No. 20 Cincinnati. White averaged 21 points in those two contests.

Campbell is 0-10 all-time against nationally-ranked schools since joining NCAA Division I in 1977-78. Wednesday’s game marks the first time since the 2004-05 campaign that Campbell has faced two top-25 teams in the same year.

The Bulldogs are 110-8 all-time at the McCarthey Athletic Center which opened in 2004-05. Gonzaga has made postseason appearances in 18 of the last 19 years, including 15 NCAA tournament trips. Last year, the Bulldogs advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Junior guard David Stockton is the son of former Gonzaga and NBA great and hall of famer John Stockton, who played 19 years with the Utah Jazz and finished his career as the NBA all-time leader in assists and steals.

The Camels also play Saturday night against Seattle in KeyArena. Both games will be aired on WCLN 107.3 FM in the Sandhills region and online at with Chris Hemeyer on the call.