Campbell hosts Savannah St. in BracketBuster game Sat.

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 03:58 PM

Coming off two straight wins, Campbell steps out of Big South play when the Fighting Camels host MEAC preseason favorite Savannah State Saturday at 4 p.m.

A 72-66 overtime win Tuesday at Radford lifted Campbell (12-16, 7-7) into second place in the Big South North Division with two league games remaining. The top two seeds in each division earn a first-round bye in the Big South Championship, March 5-10 at Conway, S.C.

Andrew Ryan, who scored a career-high 27 points in last Saturday’s 87-78 win over VMI, tallied 9 of his 20 points in overtime at Radford. Trey Freeman tallied 21 points while Reco McCarter chipped in 14 points off the bench for the second straight game. The Camels opened the second half on a 29-13 run and never trailed in overtime.

Freeman dealt a career-high 14 assists last Saturday vs. VMI and has moved up to 18th among NCAA assists leaders averaging 6.0 assists a game. The 2012 Big South Freshman of the Year has 169 dishes this year, fifth all-time in CU single season records.

Savannah St. (16-10, 10-2 MEAC) has won 11 of its last 12 games. The Tigers have won four straight including a 56-49 victory Monday over North Carolina A&T. Arnold Lewis scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win over the Aggies.

SSU head coach Horace Broadnax is a graduate of Georgetown, where he was a point guard for the legendary coach John Thompson and helped the Hoyas win the 1984 NCAA title. He was MEAC Coach of the Year last season.

Campbell is 20-19 all-time vs. current members of the MEAC. Campbell and Savannah St. have met two mutual opponents this year. The Camels fell to Robert Morris, 61-58 on Dec. 4 in Buies Creek, and North Carolina A&T, 85-60 on Nov. 23 at Las Vegas. Savannah St. defeated Robert Morris 61-52 on Nov. 26 at Savannah.