SU roundup: Hornets fall to Campbell

Daily Staff Report – sports@nvdaily.com

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Shenandoah University men’s basketball team opened its 2013-14 season Friday night with an 87-62 exhibition loss at Division I Campbell University.

This is the third straight year that SU has started the season against a scholarship opponent.

In 2011-12, it was DI Radford while the Hornets took on DII West Virginia Wesleyan last season.

Campbell (1-0), in its first game under new coach Kevin McGeehan, took control of the game with a 16-5 run midway through the first half.

Trailing just four, 12-8, following a pair of CJ Rudisill free throws at 13:40, Shenandoah saw the Camels score 16 of the game’s next 21 points in a span of just 2:07 to vault out to a 28-13 lead.

Coach Rob Pryor’s club stayed in it, however, eventually cutting the deficit back to seven, 28-21, following an Aaron Patterson 3-pointer at the 8:17 mark.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, CU scored the next seven points to stretch its lead back out to 37-21 with 5:10 remaining in the half.

SU would not be able to cut the deficit into single digits the rest of the way.

Freshman Nik Stewart finally snapped this string with a 3-ball of his own with 3:53 to play.

Campbell then sandwiched a 15-2 run around the halftime break (scoring the final bucket of the first on a 3-pointer and then opening the second on a 12-2 spurt) to effectively seal the victory.

The Camels lead remained at least 16 points for the remainder of the contest.

Jimi Starks paced the Hornets with 14 points and nine rebounds, which would both be new career-highs for the sophomore if this game were official, while Avery Green added 11 points in his first action since December.

SU outrebounded its hosts 43-38, the two teams split 30 turnovers and Campbell shot 58 percent to the Hornets 34 percent.

Shenandoah officially opens its season next Friday night at 8 p.m. in the opening round of the 2013 BB&T Tip-Off Classic. SU faces former USA South foe Methodist with McDaniel and Hood playing on the other side of the bracket.