BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) -- One nearly flawless half was enough to
help Campbell end the longest current losing streak in NCAA
Campbell (1-3, 1-0 Atlantic Sun Conference) had lost 25 straight
since beating North Carolina A&T on Dec. 11, 2004. The Camels also
stopped a 24-game skid in the A-Sun that dated to February 2004.
Savannah State, which went 0-28 last season, ended a 65-game
losing streak in November that included four victories forfeited
because of an ineligible player.
In this one, Campbell shot 53 percent -- its best effort of the
season -- and made 10 3-pointers in the first half. That led to a
48-27 lead at the break in front of a standing-room only crowd of
987 at Carter Gym, the smallest facility in Division I.
"Our start obviously won the game for us," third-year Campbell
coach Robbie Laing said. "When I arrived, I envisioned us playing
like we did in that opening 20 minutes. That just needs to last
longer than 20 minutes, however."
The Hatters (0-5, 0-1) used a 23-6 run to close within five on
Gabe McMillen's 3 with about 5 minutes remaining, but Latham scored
eight points down the stretch to help the Camels hold on.
The 6-foot-6 forward made all but one of his six shots, pulled
down eight rebounds and chipped in four assists and two steals.
"Our start was a result of playing an inside-out game," Laing
said. "We played through Maurice Latham and he made plays."
Stetson lost its 10th in a row overall and completes a six-game
road trip to open the season on Saturday at A-Sun favorite
"To come from that far behind you have to be perfect," Hatters
coach Derek Waugh said. "We played well in the second half, we
played with heart at times, but we were not perfect. Give them
credit, they hit some big shots early and we didn't."
McMillen finished with a career-high 18 points for Stetson,
while teammate Anthony Register scored 15.