Campbell to host UT Martin Monday in CIT second round

Campbell to host UT Martin Monday in CIT second round

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell will entertain Ohio Valley Conference runner-up UT Martin Monday night in the second round of the post-season tournament. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. at Gore Arena.

With Chris Clemons (39) and Marcus Burk (27) combining for a school-record 66 points, the Camels (18-17) knocked off Houston Baptist 98-79 Tuesday in the CIT opening round at Gore Arena.  Campbell started the game on a 22-4 run and never trailed while making 13-of-26 threes to defeat the Southland Conference regular season runner-up.

The Camels have won five of their last six games, the only setback coming to host and top-seeded Winthrop Mar. 5 in the Big South final.  Campbell closed the regular season with a 61-58 win over Radford before reeling off consecutive victories against Presbyterian (81-62), UNC Asheville (81-79) and Radford (66-50) to reach the Big South Championship game.

Sophomore guard Chris Clemons, the nation's third-leading scorer (25.0), is averaging 35.3 points in five post-season games for the Camels.  A freshman from Indianapolis, Ind., Burk hit career highs for points and threes made (7) in the CIT opener against Houston Baptist.

UT Martin (22-12) defeated the top-seed in the CIT, Big South regular season co-champ UNC Asheville, 89-75 Thursday at Martin, Tenn.  The Skyhawks shot 67 percent in the first half, 59 percent for the game, and knocked down 13-of-22 threes (.591) to defeat the Bulldogs.

First-team all-OVC member Jacolby Mobley scored 29 points, including 4-of-11 beyond the arc, for UT Martin which never trailed an led 48-29 at halftime.

The Skyhawks are making their third-straight CIT appearance and own a 5-2 record in the event.  UTM has posted 63 wins over the last three seasons.  After starting OVC play 1-3, UT Martin rallied to win the West Division with a 10-6 record and defeated Murray State in the OVC semifinals before falling to Jacksonville State (66-55) in the title game.

The 2017 CIT is 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.


2017 Post-Season Tournament
(all times Eastern)

First Round
Monday, March 13
Liberty 73, Norfolk State 64

Tuesday, March 14
Saint Francis (Pa.) 78, Jacksonville 76
Campbell 98, Houston Baptist 79
Samford 78, Canisius 74

Wednesday, March 15
Fort Wayne 88, Ball State 80
UMBC 88, Fairfield 83
Texas A&M Corpus Christi 80, Georgia State 64
Idaho 73, Stephen F. Austin 50

Thursday, March 16
Saint Peter's 59, Albany 55
Furman 79, USC Upstate 57
UT Martin 89, UNC Asheville 75
Texas State 70, Lamar 60
Weber State 80, Cal State Fullerton 76

Second Round
Saturday, March 18
St. Francis (Pa.) at UMBC (2:00)

Monday, March 20
UT Martin at Campbell (7:00)
Samford at Liberty (7:00)
Idaho at Texas A&M Corpus Christi (8:00)

(Furman, St. Peter's, Fort Wayne earn bye into quarterfinals)
March 23-26

Wednesday, March 29 | CBS Sports Network (7:00 & 9:00)

Friday, March 31 | CBS Sports Network (9:00)