BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Andrew Ryan led a balanced attack with 21 points and Campbell opened the 2013-14 season with an 87-62 victory over Shenandoah Friday night at Gore Arena.
Campbell (1-0) shot 57.6 percent (34-59) from the field and had 23 assists on 34 field goals against the Division III Hornets. The Camels finished with a 48-24 edge on points in the paint and 14-2 in fast break points.
Ryan made his first six shots of the night and finished 8-of-11 from the field, while dealing 5 assists in 27 minutes. Leonard hit 8-of-12 from the floor and grabbed 9 rebounds. McCarter hit 5-of-8 shots and hit career bests with 6 steals and 3 blocks. Oliver came off the bench to make 4-of-7 from the floor.
"We played hard, shared the ball and were aggressive offensively," said McGeehan of his team that dealt 23 assists on 34 buckets. "On the defensive end, we have a ways to go, but I'll take 87-62 every time. The atmosphere was great, the student section tremendous and the band was fantastic. It was a lot of fun out there."
Jimi Starks led Shenandoah with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Avery Green added 11 points. The Hornets shot just 33.8 percent (22-65) from the field.
Campbell jumped to an early 28-13 lead when Leek canned a triple with 9:39 left in the opening half. Moyer's deep trey from the left wing just as the buzzer sounded put CU up by 15.
The Camels outscored the Hornets 12-2 to start the second period as McCarter's steal and transition lay-in pushed the edge to 60-35 with 17:13 to go. Shenandoah cut the gap to 16 (64-48) with 9:12 left, but never drew closer.
Campbell improved to 7-1 in its last eight season-opening games and ran its string of victories in home openers to eight seasons. CU has not dropped its first game of the year since a 90-81 loss to San Diego on Nov. 18, 2005 in old Carter Gym.
The Camels travel to Appalachian State Tuesday (8 p.m.) for their first game in the Global Sports Shootout.