Campbell to host Houston Baptist Tuesday in CIT post-season tournament


BUIES CREEK, N.C. – On the strength of a run to last week's Big South Conference final, Campbell will host Houston Baptist Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the first round of the post-season tournament (CIT).

The Camels (17-17), who won three games in four days to reach the Big South title game, will face the Huskies (17-13), who were the fourth seed in the Southland Conference tournament.

The CIT is Campbell's first postseason appearance since the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Tickets will be available at or by calling the Campbell Athletics ticket office at 910-893-1459.

Campbell (17-17) recorded three-straight wins in last weekend's Big South Championship to earn a spot in the title game as the seventh-seed. The Camels fell just short of a NCAA Tournament bid after losing to top-seeded Winthrop Sunday.

Sophomore guard Chris Clemons was named to the all-tournament team after scoring a Big South Championship record 140 points (35.0 ppg.) between the four contests. He scored 51 points in the Camels' quarterfinal win over second-seeded UNC Asheville and is currently the nation's third leading scorer with an average of 24.5 points per game.

Campbell and Houston Baptist have met twice before on the hardwood. The teams split a home-and-home series during the 2011-12 season.

The 2017 CIT will be the eighth in the history of the tournament. The CIT was created by in 2009 in order to give deserving teams an opportunity to participate in the postseason.

Since then, The CIT has had more schools make their postseason debut (25) and more programs win their first-ever postseason game (24) than all other tournaments combined. In addition, the CIT has produced three NBA Lottery picks and two Top 10 selections including Damian Lillard (6th overall in 2012). Lillard was named 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year, marking the first time since 1955 that a tournament other than the NCAA Tournament had produced the NBA Rookie of the Year.