Camels to host Paladins Saturday at 2 pm in CIT quarters

Head Coach Kevin McGeehan
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Head Coach Kevin McGeehan (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – After collecting double-figure wins in front of the two largest home crowds in the CollegeInsider.com post-season tournament this year, Campbell will host a CIT quarterfinal game Saturday against Southern Conference regular season co-champ Furman. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. at Gore Arena.

The Camels (19-17) have won six of their last seven games, the only setback coming to host and top-seeded Winthrop Mar. 5 in the Big South final.  While making the program's first post-season appearance since 1992, the Camels defeated Houston Baptist 98-79 on Mar. 14 in the CIT first round before last night's 73-56 win over UT Martin in second round play.

Campbell's CIT home attendance (1883 average) leads all schools in the event with last night's 2031 crowd ranking as the largest.

On Monday, Chris Clemons scored 26 points; Marcus Burk added 15 and Cory Gensler 10 as the Camels defeated Ohio Valley Conference runner-up UT Martin (22-13).  The Camels hit 13 three-point shots for the second-straight game and held the Skyhawks to 34 percent shooting from the field.

With Clemons (39) and Burk (career-high 27) combining for a school-record 66 points, the Camels knocked off Southland regular season runner-up Houston Baptist (17-14) on Mar. 14 in the opening round.  Campbell started the game on a 22-4 run and never trailed while making 13-of-26 threes.

Clemons, a sophomore from Raleigh who is the nation's third-leading scorer (25.0), is averaging 34.2 points in six 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.

After recording first-round victories, Furman (22-11), St. Peter's and Fort Wayne earned byes into the CIT quarterfinals as the three highest-seeded teams. In addition to Campbell, UMBC, Liberty and Texas A&M Corpus Christi have also advanced to the quarters. Idaho plays at Texas State tonight in the last second round matchup.  Full quarterfinal pairings will be announced Wednesday.

Furman is making its second-straight CIT appearance and third since 2011.  The Paladins earned a share of the SoCon regular season title (14-4), but were upset by seventh-seeded Samford 67-63 in the league quarterfinals.  The Palandins are led by junior guard Devin Sibley, the 2017 SoCon player of the year, who averages 17.6 points and is shooting 44.5 percent (73-164) from 3-point range.

The Paladins defeated USC Upstate 79-57 on Mar. 16 in the CIT opening round behind John Davis' 16 points and 8 assists, plus a 13-point, 12-rebound effort by Kris Acox.

The 2017 CIT is the eighth in the history of the tournament. The CIT was created by CollegeInsider.com 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 CollegeInsider.com 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
UMBC 87, St. Francis (Pa.) 79

Monday, March 20
Campbell 73, UT Martin 56
Liberty 66, Samford 58
Texas A&M Corpus Christi 82, Weber State 73

Wednesday, March 22
Idaho at Texas State (8:00)

Quarterfinals
(Furman, St. Peter's, Fort Wayne earn bye into quarterfinals)

March 24-26

Saturday, March 25
Furman at Campbell (2:00)

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

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