Camels seek to continue winning ways vs. ECU

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Coming off a 69-63 victory over Georgia Southern, Campbell looks to continue its winning ways when East Carolina visits Gore Arena tonight for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

The Pirates (10-4) are led by former Southern Lee star Akeem Richmond. The senior sharpshooter is averaging 18.8 points per game and has topped 20 points in three of his last four games.

The Camels (6-7) have won back-to-back games. Campbell has won three of the last four versus ECU, including an 86-81 win in overtime in Greenville last season, in which Richmond scored 18 points all on three-pointers, and a 76-74 Camel win in Buies Creek in November 2011. East Carolina leads the all-time series 37-20.

Last year at Greenville, the Camels led by as many as 16 before withstanding a late Pirate rally to win in overtime. Darren White, now with the NBA Developmental League’s Erie BayHawks, scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Camels.

East Carolina has dropped its last two games, 90-79 at N.C. State and 89-82 versus Georgia St.

Campbell, under first-year head coach Kevin McGeehan, improved to 3-0 versus Southern Conference opponents and 4-2 at home by beating Georgia Southern on Monday night at Gore Arena.

Darius Leonard and Andrew Ryan paced a balanced scoring effort with 13 points each, while freshman Quinton Ray scored all 10 of his points n the second half.

Both the Camels and Pirates rely on the three-point shot heavily. The Camels rank 20th nationally in three-point field goals made per game (8.7). ECU is 27th in the country in team threes made per outing (8.5). Richmond is third in the nation with 4.36 treys made per contest. Richmond is shooting 37.4 percent from three-point range. He's also averaging 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists per game.

Tonight is East Carolina's last non-conference tilt before heading into Conference USA games, starting Jan. 11 versus Old Dominion in Greenville.

Campbell continues a five-game home stretch versus Delaware St. at 7 p.m. Saturday.