ECU hosts Fighting Camels tonight

Jan. 02, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Campbell will look to make it back-to-back wins over in-state rivals when the Fighting Camels play at East Carolina Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Camels (4-9) defeated UNC Wilmington 72-60 on Saturday at Gore Arena behind Darren White’s 32 points and 18 points from Trey Freeman. The pair combined for 35 of CU’s 41 second-half points and scored the team’s final 25 points. White made 10-of-11 shots in the final period when the Camels outscored the visitors 41-28 in the second half and held UNCW without a field goal for more than eight minutes.

East Carolina is 7-0 at home this year and has won its last 11 home games against non-conference foes dating to last season. The Pirates defeated Norfolk State 74-63 Saturday behind Maurice Kemp’s season-high 23 points.

The Camels and Pirates have split the last four games in the series with each team winning on its home floor following last season’s 76-74 Camel victory in Buies Creek.

Last year at Buies Creek, Freeman led five Camels in double figures with 20 points. CU overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to win. White added 11 points, 10 boards and seven assists and Antonio Kalpic came off the bench to score 10. Miguel Paul led ECU with 20 points while Robert Sampson added 14 plus 11 rebounds.

White, averaging 22.1 points a game, owns the nation’s sixth-highest scoring average, but needs to play in three more games before he meets the required 75 percet of games played to qualify for the NCAA leaders. In nine games, the 6-foot-4 wing is shooting 53 percent from the field and 59 percent from two-point distance.

Freeman is the only Campbell player to start all 13 games. He leads the Big South in assists (5.92) and assist-turnover ratio (2.96).

ECU holds a 30-9 edge in the series since Campbell joined NCAA Division I. CU ended an 8-game losing streak against the Pirates on Nov. 17, 2009 with a 74-68 win at Buies Creek. Campbell is 1-19 all-time at Williams Arena/Minges Coliseum. The last time CU won at Greenville was Feb. 27, 1985, a 60-58 decision.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Camels open Big South play Saturday at home against Gardner-Webb (8-6) in a 3:30 p.m. tip-off.